Worldwide Development of Astronomy (WWDA)

The role of this Working Group is to visit countries with some astronomical expertise at tertiary (i.e. post high school) level, which are probably not IAU member states, but which would welcome some development of their capabilities in teaching and/or research in astronomy. As a result of making initial contact and paying these countries a visit at the institutions with at least one astronomer, a report will be written for the Commission 46 President and sent to the IAU Executive Committee. If the conditions were deemed favorable, then follow-up work by TAD (Teaching Astronomy for Development) or other program groups of Commission 46 may be appropriate.

A longer term goal for WWDA in partnership with TAD could be to explore the possibilities of setting up a third-world institute for astronomy in a developing country, or to have a number of nodes to such an institute distributed through several geographical locations. The ICTP in Trieste could be a model.


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