IAU100: Uniting our World to Explore the Universe
In 2019, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) will celebrate its 100th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, the IAU will organise a year-long celebration to increase awareness of a century of astronomical discoveries as well as to support and improve the use of astronomy as a tool for education, development and diplomacy under the central theme "Uniting our World to Explore the Universe".
The centennial celebrations will stimulate worldwide interest in astronomy and science and will reach out to the global astronomical community, national science organisations and societies, policy-makers, students, families and the general public.
The IAU100 activities will take place at global and regional levels, and especially at the national and local levels. To coordinate the initiative, the IAU has set up the IAU100 Task-Force as well as the IAU100 Secretariat. This taskforce is preparing a comprehensive programme of Flagship initiatives to reach targeted audiences worldwide through the IAU National Outreach Coordinators and National Astronomical Societies, which will set up National IAU100 Task Forces to ensure the worldwide success of the initiative.
- Increase awareness of progress and excitement in astronomy over the past century, in particular:
- The importance of collaborative enterprise of astronomy as a whole,
- The importance of technology development for astronomical progress,
- The coordinating role of the IAU fostering communication and exchange of ideas for the global astronomical community.
- Promote widespread access to astronomy knowledge and observing experiences.
- Support and improve the use of astronomy as a tool for education, development and diplomacy.
- Support and improve an inclusive, equalitarian and diverse astronomy community.
- Facilitate the preservation and protection of the world’s cultural and natural heritage of dark and quiet skies.
- Raise awareness and discuss prospective new exciting developments in the next 100 years of astronomy.
The IAU100 celebration is supported by 9 Flagship Programmes:
- IAU100 Celebrations
- Astronomy for Society
- IAU100 Exhibition
- New Worlds: ‘Are we alone?’
- 100 Years of General Relativity: Eclipse
- Astronomy Natural and Cultural Heritage
- Inclusive Astronomy
- Astronomy for Education
- Star Parties
The IAU Flagship Programmes are global programmes on specific themes that will help to achieve the IAU100’s main goals. Each of the Flagship will carry several different projects focused on the theme.
You can find more information about IAU100 Flagship Programmes here.
Support IAU100 and Make it Happen!
Whether you are a professional working in astronomy, an amateur astronomer or just someone interested in astronomy we would love for everyone to get involved in the celebrations. There are many way you can participate:
Implement one of the endorsed activities locally: for each Flagship, there are several projects being set up that will be implemented by the National IAU100 Committees in different countries. You can help them reach out to as many people as possible in your city.
Develop an activity under one of the Flagship themes: you can also develop your own project following any of the Flagship themes. Just reach out to us with your idea and if it follows the IAU100 Goals we will include in the IAU100 Event Programme. In addition, there will be funding opportunities to support projects developed under Flagship themes.
Implement your own idea: if you have any innovative ideas that you think do not fall under the Flagship themes but still fulfills the IAU100, please don’t hesitate to develop the activity and contact us to include it as part of the IAU100 Event Programme.
Reach out to your National IAU100 Committee: Getting in contact with your IAU100 National Committee is a great opportunity to get the benefit of larger networks, disseminate your event further, share best practices and find out about what will be organized in your country/region.
Spread the word: don't hesitate to spread the word to your colleagues, and perhaps your friends and family outside the community who already understands and appreciates the impact of astronomy in society. The aim is try to and involve everyone, as many of these people might be inspired and go on to organise their own initiatives.
Become an IAU100 Institutional Partner: There are a variety of opportunities for organizations to become IAU100 Institutional Partners. For inquiries about such partnership opportunities, please contact the IAU100 Secretariat.
IAU100 Task Force
The IAU100 Task Force members are:
Piero Benvenuti, IAU General Secretary, France
Sze-leung Cheung, IAU International Outreach Coordinator, Hong Kong China/Japan
Lars Lindberg Christensen, Head ESO Education and Public Outreach, Denmark/Germany
Rosaria d’Antonio, IAU Head of Administration, Italy
Ewine van Dishoeck, IAU President-Elect, the Netherlands (Chair)
Jorge Rivero González, IAU100 Coordinator, Spain/the Netherlands
Kevin Govender, IAU OAD Director, South Africa
Maria Teresa Lago, IAU Assistant General Secretary, Portugal
Silvia Torres-Peimbert, IAU President, Mexico
Pedro Russo, Leiden University, Portugal/the Netherlands
Robert Williams, STScI, USA
Call for Proposals for Official Endorsement for IAU100 Special Projects
The IAU100 Task Force is issuing a call for proposals for Special Projects in support of IAU100 Goals at local/national level. An IAU100 Special Project is a highlighted astronomy-oriented activity that will support the IAU100 Goals under one or more of the IAU100 Flasgship Programmes and will be implemented at local/national level. The IAU100 Task Force will provide seed money support that will not exceed 2500 EUR for the IAU100 Special Projects. You can find more details here.
IAU100 Dissemination Materials
If you have any further questions, comments or ideas, don’t hesitate to reach out to the IAU100 Secretariat at:
Jorge Rivero González — IAU100 International Projects Coordinator
Tel: +31 71 527 5737
IAU100 Global Partners