ann16032 — Announcement

Dr Itziar Aretxaga
18 July 2016
Itziar Aretxaga Appointed Deputy Director of the ISYA

The IAU has great pleasure in announcing that the IAU/NASL Office for Young Astronomers has appointed Dr Itziar Aretxaga as Deputy Director of the International School for Young Astronomers (ISYA), following a recent search.

Itziar Aretxaga is an astronomer at the Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica Óptica y Electrónica in Puebla, Mexico. Her research interests include galaxy formation, active galactic nuclei, starbursts and supernovae. She has been a member of the IAU since 2006.

The International School for Young Astronomers is a project of the IAU, established in 1967. The objective of ISYAs is to broaden the participants’ perspective on astronomy by means of lectures from an international faculty on selected topics in astronomy, seminars, practical exercises and observations, and exchange of experiences. The Director of the ISYA is Dr Kam-Ching Leung of the University of Nebraska, USA.

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The IAU is the international astronomical organisation that brings together more than 10 000 professional astronomers from almost 100 countries. Its mission is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects through international cooperation. The IAU also serves as the internationally recognised authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and the surface features on them. Founded in 1919, the IAU is the world's largest professional body for astronomers.

The Office for Young Astronomers (OYA) was established in 2015 in collaboration between the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters (NASL) and the IAU, with the aim to ensure a robust financial and organizational basis for the operation of the ISYA program. The OYA is a virtual office operated by a Steering Committee chaired by an IAU Vice-President, currently Xiaowei Liu of Peking University, China. The OYA is domiciled in the NASL in Oslo, Norway.


Piero Benvenuti
General Secretary, International Astronomical Union
Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 43 25 83 58

Lars Lindberg Christensen
IAU Press Officer
Garching bei München, Germany
Tel: +49 89 320 06 761
Cell: +49 173 38 72 621

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Dr Itziar Aretxaga
Dr Itziar Aretxaga