The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach@

the XXXIst General Assembly International Astronomical Union

 

Overview

During the XXXI IAU General Assembly in Busan, our team is looking forward to meeting the IAU members and other participating astronomy professionals. During these two weeks, we hope to engage with you as much as possible. We, therefore, issue an open invitation for all to drop by our booth in person, if you are joining us face-to-face, or online, if you are attending virtually. We have prepared an exciting and engaging programme that will hopefully foster future collaborations between you and our IAU Outreach programmes, and inspire you to share the wonders of the universe with your communities.  We will also host a special workshop and training session during the conference that we hope will help bring insights and perspectives on astronomy communication to the broader astronomy community.

 

IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach Session

  • Rationale
  • Program
  • SOC

KASI-OAO Special Outreach Day

OAO Booth 

 

 


 

IAU Astronomy Outreach: Building Bridges Between the IAU and the Public

IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach

August 2-8, 2022

 

Program

 

The times of the sessions are provided in KT (Korean Timezone, UTC+9) and UTC.

 

[OAO-1] 02 August 2022 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm KT | 01:30 am-3:00 am UTC

The Legacy of the IAU 100 Years Celebrations: Overview Session

Chair: Lina Canas

10' | Introductory Remarks to the OAO Sessions (I) at the GA & The Legacy of the IAU 100 Years

 

Invited Talks

30' | Jorge Rivero, IAU100 International Coordinator (Remote)

30' | Eduardo Penteado, IAU100 NameExoWorlds Global Coordinator (Remote)

 

Contributed Talks

10' | Outreach activities in Egypt, Somaya Saad, Egypt, (Remote)

10' | Astronomy Outreach in Nepal: Creating a Legacy of Science Outreach, Suresh Bhattarai, Nepal (Remote)

 

 

[OAO-2] 02 August 2022 | 13:30-15:00 KT | 4:30 am-6:00 am UTC

Access and Communication Under the IAU Strategic Plan 2020-2030 (I)

Chair: Kelly Blumenthal

 

10' | Astronomy outreach for an inclusive environment in Nepal, its impacts and challenges, MANISHA DWA, Nepal (In-person)

10' | Case study: online hands-on astronomy activities for children during COVID-19, Dhanushka Amaradasa, SriLanka (Remote)

10' | OAO NOC Spanish activities, Ana Ulla-Miguel, Spain (Remote)

10' | Q&A

 

Panel Discussion(s)

40’ | The role of the IAU members in the implementation of the Strategic Actions under Goal 4 (of the IAU Strategic Plan 2020-2030)

Dhanushka Amaradasa, NOC Srilanka

Ana Ulla-Miguel, NOC Spain 

Manisha Dwa, Co-NOC Nepal

Eduardo Penteado, NOC Brazil

 

[OAO-3] 02 August 2022 | 15:15-16:45 KT | | 6:15 am - 7:45 am UTC

Access and Communication Under the IAU Strategic Plan 2020-2030 (II)

Chair: Suzana Filipecki Martins

 

Contributed Talks

10' | A story about astronomy outreach in Vietnam: From an amateur club to a growing #scicomm ecosystem, Tan Vu Nguyen, Germany (In-person)

10' | Public Astronomy in Morocco: opportunities & challenges, Meriem Elyajouri, France (In-person)

10' | Low-cost and Large-scale: a key to reaching most people, Samir Dhurde, India (Remote)

10' | Breaking the Barriers: Adding inclusive elements to astronomy outreach, Maria Fernanda Durán, Chile, (In-person)

10' | Q&A

 

Panel Discussion

30’ | IAU Astronomy Outreach under the IAU Strategic Plan 2020-2030

Tan Vu Nguyen, Co-NOC Vietnam

Meriem Elyajouri, NOC Morocco

Samir Dhurde, NOC India & Co-Chair of the IAU C2 WG CAP Conferences

Maria Fernanda Durán, NOC Chile

 

04 August 2022 | 09:45-10:30 KT | 12:45 am (midnight) - 1:30 am UTC

e-Poster(s)

Covid 19: How we coped with isolation for astronomical outreach activities?, Zouhair Benkhaldoun, Cadi Ayyad University

 

e-Talk(s)

Inspiration of IAU 100: New Approaches of Astronomy Communication (in Hong Kong) during COVID-19, Exodus Chun-Long Sit, FRAS, FRGS (Post-nominal letter), IAU Co-NOC Hong Kong, IAU Chair of NAEC Hong Kong, Starrix Hong Kong

NOC Activities carried in Greece in collaboration with IAU/OAO, 2022, Margarita Metaxa, National Observatory of Athens

 

[OAO-4] 08 August 2022 | 15:15-16:45 KT | | 6:15 am - 7:45 am UTC

Access and Communication Under the IAU Strategic Plan 2020-2030 (III)

Chair: Kelly Blumenthal

 

Invited Talks

30' | Pedro Russo, Astronomy and Society Group, Leiden University (In Person)

30’ | Oana Sandu, IAU C2 President (Remote)

 

Contributed Talks

10' | Building a network of amateur astronomers in Madagascar, Zara Randriamanakoto, South Africa (In-person)

10' | Space Education and Outreach in Pakistan - Exploration by Yumna, Yumna Majeed, Pakistan (Remote)

10' | Inclusion and intercultural aspects of Astro-Tourism activities: Astro Camping Project in Djerba: The First step to develop Astronomy in Tunisia, Mayssa El Yazidi, Italy (In-person)

 

08 August 2022 | 16:45-17:30 KT | | 7:45 am - 8:30 am UTC

e-Poster(s)

Covid 19: How we coped with isolation for astronomical outreach activities?, Zouhair Benkhaldoun, Cadi Ayyad University

 

e-Talk(s)

Inspiration of IAU 100: New Approaches of Astronomy Communication (in Hong Kong) during COVID-19, Exodus Chun-Long Sit, FRAS, FRGS (Post-nominal letter), IAU Co-NOC Hong Kong, IAU Chair of NAEC Hong Kong, Starrix Hong Kong

NOC Activities carried in Greece in collaboration with IAU/OAO, 2022, Margarita Metaxa, National Observatory of Athens

 

 

[OAO-5] 08 August 2022 | 17:30-19:00 KT | | 8:30 am - 10:00 am UTC

IAU Offices Joint Session

Debra Elmegreen, Introductory Remarks
Kateryna Frantseva, Overview of the IAU fundraising efforts
Vanessa McBride, Collaborations and partnerships within and outside IAU
Discussion
Diana Worrall, Concluding Remarks

 

Rationale

Ten years ago, two milestones helped set the course of the IAU outreach activities for the following decade: the unprecedented success of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 and the IAU Strategic Plan for 2010-2020, focused on astronomy for development. In the following decade, the IAU OAO would be involved in the coordination of large-scale projects, such as Cosmic Light (International Year of Light, 2015), NameExoWorlds (2015) and the IAU 100 years celebrations (2019), that rely on the network of National Outreach Coordinators (NOCs) as the backbone for its international implementation.  With the new IAU Strategic Plan 2020-2030, the IAU envisions a clear core goal for the IAU communications and outreach, in which the IAU engages the public in astronomy through access to astronomical information and communication of the science of astronomy. The timing of the General Assembly is ideal to understand with the primary participation of the IAU members, the (1) framework and alignment of the programs planned and being implemented; (2) the contributions as a group, that the IAU community can bring to achieve a successful implementation of the Strategic Plan and (3) the legacy of the IAU100 celebrations was incorporated and built upon.  With international collaboration, sustainability and the IAU Strategic Plan 2020-2030 at the core of our strategy for the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach, we are reshaping our actions for the next decade. We envision the IAU outreach community as bridge-builders, facilitating access to information across our community, from professional astronomers to the general public, and continuing our pursuit of taking astronomy to all.   

 

Key topics

1) The legacy of the IAU100 Celebrations;

2) Access and Communication: The IAU Strategic Plan 2020-2030

        2.1) Large-scale volunteer networks: best practices in community building;

        2.2) Critical thinking and astronomy communication through (1) IAU-member public engagement, (2) Professional-Amateur relations and (3) Citizen Science activities; and (4) Indigenous astronomical knowledge;

        2.3) Open Science and Public Friendly Access to Astronomical Information;

        2.4) Dark and Quiet Skies Protection and the Pale Blue Dot message;

3) Outreach, communication and accessibility: barriers and bridges in engaging the public,

4) Bridging outreach with research, education and development: building a framework of collaboration.

 

Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC)

Jorge Rivero González, IAU100 Coordinator (Spain) (M)

Oana Sandu (Barbulete), C2 President (Current) (Romania) (F)

Richard de Grijs, Division C President (Australia) (M)

Mamta Pommier, Chair of Executive Committee WG Women in Astronomy, (F) (France)

Aniket Sule, Co-Chair WG Pro-Am Relations (India) (M)

Javier Mejuto, Co-Chair of Inter-Commission C1-C2-C3-C4 WG Astronomy in Culture (WGAC), NOC Honduras, (Honduras), (M)

Seo-gu Lee, GA Busan LOC & NOC South Korea (Korea) (M)

Shirin Haque, NOC Trinidad and Tobago, (Trinidad and Tobago) (F)

Marieke Baan, NOC Netherlands, C2 OC liaison, (F)

Ramasamy Venugopal (South Africa), Co-Chair CAP Conference WG (M) (South Africa)

Zara Randriamanakoto, National Committee for Astronomy Madagascar President, NOC Madagascar, (Madagascar), (F)

Somaya Mohamed Saad, National Committee for Astronomy Egypt President IAU (Egypt) (F)

 


 

KASI-OAO Special Outreach Day

 

Overview

Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) & IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) present:

 

Registration

This is a satellite separate event of the IAU General Assembly. All General Assembly participants are welcome to attend, but registration for the satellite event is required and can be done here.

 

Program: Astronomy Outreach Satellite Event

The Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) and the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach invite you to the Astronomy Outreach Satellite Event on August 9, 2022, in Busan. During the XXXIst IAU General Assembly, this open event, composed of talks and a workshop, intends to bridge the Korean outreach astronomy community with the IAU astronomy community. 

 

On-Site Venue: Room 314 and 315 at Exhibition Center 1

 

8:30                      Opening & Welcome

                                  José Miguel Espinosa, IAU General Secretary (10min.)

                                  Seo-gu Lee, IAU National Outreach Coordinator for South Korea (10min.)

                                  Lina Canas, Director of the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (10min.)

9:00                      Session 1: Global Outreach Programmes

                                  Hidehiko Agata, IAU OAO Supervising Director "The Awe Factor in Astronomy" (30min.)

                                  Rosa Doran, GTTP Director, The Importance of International Cooperation for Astronomy Education and Outreach

                                  Kelly Blumenthal, IAU OAO Deputy Director, Communicating Astronomy with the Public: Journal, Conferences and Training (10min.)

                                  Suzana Filipeki Martins, IAU OAO International Outreach Officer, Meet the IAU Astronomers! and IAU Women and Girls in Astronomy (10min.)

                                  Matipon Tangmatitham, OAO-NARIT Fellow, NameExoWorlds 2022 (10min.)

                                  Manisha Dwa, IAU National Outreach Coordinator for Nepal, The Importance of International Cooperation in Outreach in Nepal (10min.)

                                  Nguyen Tan Vu, IAU National Outreach Coordinator for Vietnam, The Importance of International Cooperation in Outreach in Vietnam (10min.)

 

10:30-11:00          Break

 

11:00                    Session 2:  Astronomy as a Special Science for Outreach, Public Engagement 

                                             and Communication

                                     Doosung Baek Outreach Activities in Astronomy at the Public Science Center

                                     Keun-Hong Park Events and Programs in Miryang Arirang Observatory

                                     Sang soon yim Introduction of Korea Astronomy and Space Science Museum Association.

                                     Sanghyun Ha Planetarium activity In the age of COVID-19

                                     Jeong Ae Lee Activities of overseas outreach team in the Korean Astronomical Society

                                     Eun-ji Yi KASI Teacher Training Program during past 27yrs.

                                     Ji Yeon Seok Korean Activities for Astro-encyclopedia: KAS-Naver Astronomy Encyclopedia

 

13:30-15:00          Break/Lunch

15:00                    Training Part I: Understanding Motivations for Outreach

16:45 - 16:55        Break

16:55-18:00          Training Part II: Understanding Your Audience

 

 

Registration

This is a satellite separate event of the IAU General Assembly. All General Assembly participants are welcome to attend, but registration for the satellite event is required and can be done here.

 

 


 

OAO Booth

Learn how GA participants can interact with the team online and onsite!

 

Visit OAO Booth

OAO's Booth is located on the 3rd Floor of the Brexo, within the IAU Booth. You can also visit the IAU Virtual Booth and coffee-break area and at  Kumospace -https://www.kumospace.com/iau-booth-ga-2022.

 

IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) One-on-One Tour & Chat

Curious about the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) and the activities we carry? Stop by any time to have a one-on-one meeting with the OAO team to learn about the OAO and how you can engage with our programmes and the public. And if you wish, we can give you a personalised tour of IAU's booth in Busan.

Online attendees can schedule their meetings via this link.

 

Meet the OAO’s Programmes and Activities 

Join us (online or in-person) for informal chats on OAO's programmes and activities and be inspired to share the wonders of the universe with the public and your communities. 

Programme:

  • Wednesday, August 3, 2022 - 8:15 KST - Meet the IAU Astronomers!
  • Wednesday, August 3, 2022 - 14:00 KST - Dark and Quiet Skies
  • Thursday, August 4, 2022 - 9:45 KST - Telescopes for All 
  • Friday, August 5, 2022 - 9:45 KST - CAP Journal
  • Monday, August 8, 2022 - 9:45 KST - Women and Girls in Astronomy
  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 9:45KST - Surprise launch! - Join us for the launch of a special project celebrating OAO's 10th anniversary.)
  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 16:45 KST - IAU OAO Communication Channels - Have you ever considered how the OAO's communication channels can help you reach the public outside scientific publications? Join us for this session to learn more. 
  • Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 9:45 KST - 100 Hours of Astronomy
  • Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 16:45 KST - Meet the IAU Astronomers!

Online attendees can register via this link

 

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The OAO is here to support you to communicate and engage with the public, and we would like to hear from you. Come have a chat with us on our one-on-one meetings:

 

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