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Women and Girls in Astronomy

An IAU Outreach Global Project

Overview

The Women and Girls in Astronomy project recognises the role of women in advancing science and encourages girls to consider careers in astronomy. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) strongly encourages activities throughout the year, with a particular focus between two International Days adopted by the United Nations: the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February and International Women’s Day on 8 March.

In 2022, the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) with the IAU National Outreach Coordinators (NOCs) will be supporting a number of virtual and in-person events to recognise the contributions of women and girls in astronomy between 11 February 2022 and 8 March 2022. Other OAO activities include an online campaign and a contest.

In this year edition of Women and Girls in Astronomy IAU Outreach Global Project, the OAO collaborates IAU Executive Committee Working Group Women in Astronomy, and thank them for their support and guidance.

Calendar of Events

Join an event hosted or supported by one of our 130+ NOCs or other organisers from the astronomy outreach community around the world. Are you hosting your own event to celebrate women and girls in astronomy? Register your event in the Astronomy Outreach Event Calendar. And don’t forget to follow OAO’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates on NOCs’s and other upcoming events.

Meet Astronomers from around the world

Every Friday from 11 February to 8 March the OAO will organise and stream weekly interviews with notable female-identifying and non-binary astronomers from around the world, including Jessica D. Mink,  Harvard Smithsonian CfA and Silvia Torres-Peimbert, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Follow OAO’s YouTube and Facebook to not miss the opportunity to interact with these role models. 

And watch OAO YouTube for short videos of astronomers, where IAU members will be introducing their lives, careers and why inclusion matter. Are you an astronomer and what to join? Send a short video (max 2 minutes) to Suzana Filipeck Martins letting the world know more about your career path, your passions, your daily work life, and why inclusion is important. More information can be on how to submit videos can be found here.

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Social Media Campaing

Join us in an online campaign to address gender disparities in Astronomy and STEM. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and use the hashtags #WomenInAstronomy and #WomanInSTEM to share resources, activities and the women, girls and non-binary folks of astronomy who inspire you.

Draw an Astronomer Contest

The IAU Executive Committee Working Group Women in Astronomy and the Office for Astronomy Outreach invites kids up to the age of 12 to participate in the Draw an Astronomer Contest for a chance to win a telescope and share their creativity with the world!

How do Astronomers look like? Are they women or men? How old are they? What do they wear? Where do they live? What do they do for fun? Where are they from? Share an image of your imagined astronomer for a chance to win a telescope, courtesy of Sterren Schitteren Voor Iedereen (Stars Shine For Everyone - SSVI). You can share a drawing, a collage, a video, a photo, or any other artwork that can be sent to us by email. You can also include text to help you tell your story. Send your submission to public@oao.iau.org until 1 March 2022. The winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email. For more information on eligibility, terms and conditions via this document.

 

Contact

Suzana Filipecki Martins

International Outreach Officer

Tel: +31 644 0701 53 

Email: suzana.filipecki@oao.iau.org

 

 

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