Office of Astronomy for Development

The Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) is a joint project of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) with the support of the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

The mission of the OAD is to help further the use of astronomy, including its practitioners, skills and infrastructures, as a tool for development by mobilizing the human and financial resources necessary in order to realize the field’s scientific, technological and cultural benefits to society. This is primarily implemented through funding and coordinating projects that use Astronomy as a tool to address issues related to sustainable development. Since 2013, more than 120 projects have been funded through the annual Call for Proposals. The OAD also engages in a number of activities on its own.

The OAD is based in Cape Town at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO). It works closely with the other IAU offices, namely, the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) in Tokyo, the IAU Office for Young Astronomers (OYA) as well as the IAU Secretariat in Paris.

Read more about OAD in our brochures: http://www.astro4dev.org/downloads/

 

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