IAU General Assembly 2018 Focus Meeting 14 (FM14)

IAU’s role on global astronomy outreach, the latest challenges and bridging different communities


August 23, 2018


Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC):

Sze-leung Cheung (co-chair) - Tokyo, Japan
William Waller (co-chair) - Rockport, USA
Lina Canas - Tokyo, Japan
Chenzhou Cui - Beijing, China Nanjing
Samir Dhurde - Pune, India
Richard Tresch Fienberg - Watertown, USA
Andrew Fraknoi - Los Altos Hills, USA
Beatriz Garcia - Godoy Cruz, Argentina
Kevin Govender - Cape Town, South Africa
Thilina Heenatigala - Colombo, Sri Lanka
Oana Sandu - Bucharest, Romania
Mike Simmons - Calabasas, USA
Mark SubbaRao - Chicago, USA
Sylvie Vauclair -  Toulouse, France

General information about IAU GA 2018:

Please visit the GA2018 website.

Scientific Rational:

The 2018 IAU General Assembly in Vienna provides an important opportunity for research astronomers and outreach professionals to jointly consider the IAU’s role in global astronomy outreach.  Our goal is to enable and coordinate outreach for the greatest good worldwide.  We will share what is already being done and discuss what we could do better going forward.  All participants in the GA are welcome to join in the discussions.

Meeting Structure:

There will be four oral sessions on Thursday, 23 August, each session lasting 1.5 hours.  The sessions will each feature a mix of invited and contributed talks, some of which will be in the form of panel discussions.  All participants will be charged with recommending ways the IAU can better advance astronomy outreach worldwide.  There will also be a dedicated poster session on Friday, 24 August.

Download FM14 Poster

Agenda and Topics:

August 23

08:30 – 10:00
Bridging the Astronomy Research and Outreach Communities – Recent Highlights, Emerging Collaborations, Best Practices and Support Structures

  • Developing and Sharing Big Data for Effective Astronomy Outreach
  • Promoting Citizen Science Projects in Astronomy
  • Brokering Pro-Am Partnerships in Astronomy
  • Supporting Research Scientists in Astronomy Outreach

10:30 - 12:00
Communicating Astronomy in our Changing World

  • Key Outcomes of the CAP 2018 Meeting in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Effectively Navigating the Media Landscape
  • Effectively Coordinating Museums and Planetaria Worldwide
  • Supporting the Underserved and Dispossessed

13:30 - 15:00
The IAU National Outreach Contacts (NOC) Network – Coordinating and Catalyzing Astronomy Outreach Worldwide

  • Asia and Pacific Region
  • Middle East and Africa Region
  • North America and Europe Region
  • Latin America Region
  • Finding Common Purpose and Implementing Coordinated Action

15:30 - 17:00
Outreach Action and Advocacy in the Context of IAU’s 2020-2030 Strategic Plan (in coordination with the IAU Executive Committee, Division C, OAO, and OAD)

  • Addressing key aspects of the IAU 2020-2030 Strategic Plan
  • Supporting IAU research scientists in their outreach
  • Supporting amateur astronomers and other volunteers in their outreach
  • Developing and coordinating astronomy information and resources dissemination plans
  • Working with UNESCO, ICSU/ISSC, etc.  for more inclusive outreach
  • Formulating a position and statement on terrestrial climate change and other astronomically-related issues of societal concern
August 24

Poster session

Dates and Deadlines

The 30th IAU General Assembly will take place from August 20-31, 2018.

Sept. 1, 2017 Opening of registration, abstract and grant submission
Jan. 31, 2018 Deadline of early-bird registration and deadline of exhibition reservation
Feb. 28, 2018 Deadline of regular abstract submission for oral and poster contributions; Deadline of IAU grant submission
May 1, 2018 Announcement of final programs of Symposia, Focus Meetings and Division Meetings
May 31, 2018 Deadline of abstract submission for posters
June 30, 2018 Deadline of regular registration

Registration and abstract submission:

Please register and submit your abstract on GA2018 site.

Deadline for oral contribution: Feb 28, 2018
Deadline for poster contribution: May 31, 2018

IAU Travel Grant:

If you intend to submit a grant application, you have to complete the followings steps
Step 1: Complete the registration form and select "Bank transfer" as payment method
Step 2: Submit the abstract form
Step 3: From the email of abstract confirmation you will receive a link to fill in the grant application form
More information on the IAU GA2018 page.


Please contact Sze-leung Cheung (cheungszeleung@oao.iau.org) and Bill Waller (williamhwaller@gmail.com).

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