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Contacts

 
Address: 310 South Building, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
2-21-1 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo, 181-8588, JAPAN [Access]
 
 
General Enquiries:  public [at] oao.iau.org
Astronomy Outreach Newsletter item submissions:  public [at] oao.iau.org
National Outreach Coordinators:  lina.canas [at] nao.ac.jp
IAU Public Enquiries and FAQs:  public [at] oao.iau.org
IAU Themes:  public [at] oao.iau.org
CAP Journal:  editor [at] capjournal.org
Astronomy Translation Network:  translation [at] oao.iau.org
Partnerships & Sponsorships:  lina.canas [at] nao.ac.jp
Meet the IAU Astronomers!:  meet.astronomers [at] oao.iau.org
   
   

 

IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) FAQs

Q1: What is the OAO?
Q2: What does the OAO do?
Q3: Who runs the OAO?
Q4: Who funds the OAO?
Q5: I want to collaborate/volunteer at the OAO, what can I do?
Q6: I have an outreach project I want the OAO to endorse. How can I apply?
Q7: I am organising a talk/meetup and I need an astronomer to be present. Can the OAO help me?
Q8: I can’t find the contact for my National Outreach Coordinator for my country/region. Where should I look for this information?
Q9: My National Outreach Coordinator is not responding to my emails. What can I do to contact the OAO?
Q10: My country/region doesn’t have a National Outreach Coordinator (NOCs) and I am interested in applying. How can I do it?
Q11: I want to promote my project in the OAO networks. How can I do it?
Q12: I want to participate in OAO projects/programmes what can I do? What projects or programmes you have available?

 

 


Q1: What is the OAO?
A1: The Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) is an IAU office dedicated to engaging the public in astronomy through access to astronomical information and communication of the science of astronomy. The OAO is a joint project of the IAU and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), under the auspices of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) of Japan. 

Q2: What does the OAO do?
A2: The OAO is responsible for:
 (1) IAU outreach activities, including FAQs, Themes, social media and public enquiries; 
(2) central coordination of astronomy-related professionals networks for IAU-driven outreach projects. Examples include the National Outreach Coordinators (NOCs), the IAU Dark Skies Ambassadors, and volunteers for the Astronomy Translations Network (ATN) and Meet the IAU Astronomers! programme;
(3) support skill building for astronomy outreach professionals. Examples of these programmes include Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP) Journal and Conferences, the IAU Outreach Visitors Program, and Education and Public Outreach (EPO) sessions at IAU meetings.   

Q3: Who runs the OAO?
A3: The OAO is a joint project between the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). The core OAO team is composed by the International Outreach Coordinator (IOC), who is responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of the OAO activities and programmes; the Assistant Outreach Coordinator (AOC), who is responsible for communications and specific projects led by the OAO; and the OAO Supervising Director, who oversees the OAO operations and bridges the OAO and NAOJ.

Q4: Who funds the OAO?  
A4: The OAO is primarily funded by the IAU and NAOJ, and establishes project-driven external partnerships for specific projects. 

Q5: I want to collaborate/volunteer at the OAO, what can I do? 
A5: The OAO runs a visitors programme that allows outreach professionals and science communicators to work on specific projects within the OAO. You can apply for the programme here. Other volunteer opportunities may be posted on the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development volunteer portal

Q6: I have an outreach project I want the OAO to endorse. How can I apply?

A6: If you are running a national project or programme you can ask for the endorsement for your National Outreach Coordinator (NOC). For international programmes, please contact lina.canas[at]nao.ac.jp.

Q7: I am organising a talk/meetup and I need an astronomer to be present. Can the OAO help me?

A7: Yes, the OAO runs the Meet the IAU Astronomers! programme that links teachers, informal educators, amateur astronomers to professionals astronomers who are IAU members.

Q8: I can’t find the contact for my National Outreach Coordinator for my country/region. Where should I look for this information?

A8: You can go to the National Outreach Coordinators website, where all coordinators and their contacts are listed

Q9: My National Outreach Coordinator is not responding to my emails. What can I do to contact the OAO?

A9: Please send an email to the OAO at public[at]oao.iau.org. 

Q10: My country/region doesn’t have a National Outreach Coordinator (NOCs) and I am interested in applying. How can I do it?

A10: You can send an expression of interest to lina.canas [at] nao.ac.jp. Please read the full guidelines and application process on the IAU National Outreach Coordinators Nomination Guidelines webpage here.

Q11: I want to promote my project in the OAO networks. How can I do it?

A11: You can submit your event to the IAU Global Outreach Events 2020. You can find the information on how to apply here. International programmes or internationally-accessible activities can also be submitted to the IAU OAO Newsletter by emailing outreach[at]iau.org.

Q12: I want to participate in OAO projects/programmes what can I do? What projects or programmes you have available?

A12: The OAO runs the IAU Global Outreach Programmes, annual themes around which office programming is planned, that encourages participation from any person on Earth. You can find the annual programme here

Also, see the official website and/or social media for your National Outreach Coordinator and/or their host organisations. You can find this information on the National Outreach Coordinators website.

 

IAU Logos Usage: the IAU Logo vs IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) Logo vs IAU OAO National Outreach Coordinators (NOCs) Logos


The IAU logo

The IAU's logo is protected and may not be used or reproduced without the prior and individual written consent of IAU. Owners of external websites wishing to link to the IAU website must obtain prior authorisation to use the IAU's logo for the link and clearly identify the logo as a web link. Using “IAU”, “The International Astronomical Union” in a way that indicates explicit support falls under the same guidelines.


More details regarding this are posted here:

https://www.iau.org/public/images/detail/iau_wb/

 

The IAU OAO logo

The IAU OAO logo can be used freely for OAO-endorsed activities and activities by NOCs that align and contribute to the mission and goals of the IAU and IAU OAO.

Any other events or activities that do not fall into these categories must receive prior approval from the IAU OAO by sending an email to “public [at] oao.iau.org”. 

The IAU OAO logo cannot be used for the personal profit of the NOCs, nor for the promotion of personal endeavours or ideologies that are not directly related to their science outreach actions and the purpose of their representation within the network. 

You can find the OAO logo here:

https://www.iau.org/public/images/detail/oao_logo/

You can find the mission and strategic goals of the IAU OAO here:

https://www.iau.org/administration/about/strategic_plan/

 

The IAU OAO NOC logo

In comparison to the IAU OAO logo, the IAU OAO NOC logos are usually used to identify NOC-led national activities. At the NOCs preference, the IAU OAO NOC logo can be used freely and interchangeably with the OAO logo. 

Outreach community members may request a NOC endorsement for their projects. NOCs are strongly encouraged to give permission for these organisers to use the NOC logo and/or the OAO logo if the event is relevant at an international level or will have a strong impact at a national and regional level.