Division C Education, Outreach and Heritage


Members of Division C are involved in all aspects of astronomy Education, Outreach, History and Heritage. Individuals from other divisions whose work straddles the boundaries between their scientific interest and Division C may propose Working Groups within Division C.

Education ranges from primary to tertiary level including both formal and informal education, and is informed by astronomy education research. The Division also promotes astronomy in developing countries.

Outreach communicates with the public through a wide range of media and formats.

Heritage includes the legacy of astronomical artefacts and structures as well as the astronomical attributes of mankind's cultural history.

The history of astronomy is an active area within the Division. So too is the promotion of astronomy in developing countries.

Division C has an interest in maintaining dark skies (through the inter-division Commission B7), as this has an impact on education and outreach as well as research.

Division C activities are closely coordinated with the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) in Cape Town, the Office for Astronomical Outreach (OAO) in Tokyo and the Office for Young Astronomers (OYA) which is in part funded through the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo. OYA organizes the International Schools for Young Astronomers (ISYA), which usually take place in developing countries once or twice a year.


Public outreach in astronomy at Mt John Observatory, New Zealand. Credit: Maki Yanagimachi


For more information please visit the Division C external page at:  IAU Division C External Website.

Division Web Page

Division Members (1887)

Participating Commissions

Inter-Division B-C Commission Protection of Existing and Potential Observatory Sites
Commission C1 Astronomy Education and Development
Commission C2 Communicating Astronomy with the Public
Commission C3 History of Astronomy
Commission C4 World Heritage and Astronomy

Division Working Groups

Division C WG Star Names

Inter-Division Working Groups

Inter-Division C-E WG Solar Eclipses

John B. Hearnshaw

University of Canterbury
Physics-Astronomy Department
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone: +64 03 3484369
Email: johnhearnshawcanterburyacnz
Personal website: http://www2.phys.canterbury.ac.nz/~jhe25/
Organization website: http://www.phys.canterbury.ac.nz/

NCA adherence: New Zealand

Last updated:
August 1, 2018

Susana E. Deustua

Space Telescope Science Inst
Instruments Division
3700 San Martin Dr
Baltimore MD 21218
Maryland (MD)
United States

Phone: +1 410 338 4832
Email: deustuastsciedu
Personal website: http://www.stsci.edu/~deustua
Organization website: http://www.stsci.edu/

NCA adherence: United States

Last updated:
August 2, 2018

Pamela L. Gay

Southern Ilinois University Edwardsville
Center for STEM Research, Education, & Outreach
Center for STEM REO
SIUE, Campus Box 2224
Edwardsville 62025
Illinois (IL)
United States

Phone: +1 18572046392
Email 1: starstrydergmailcom
Email 2: pamelastarstrydercom
Personal website: http://www.starstryder.com
Organization website: http://cosmoquest.org

NCA adherence: United States

Last updated:
December 6, 2017

Mary Kay M. Hemenway

5710 Highland Hills Drive
Austin TX 78731
Texas (TX)
United States

Phone: +1 512 467-8770
Email: marykayastroasutexasedu
Personal website: http://outreach.as.utexas.edu/Marykay/Homepage.html

NCA adherence: United States

Last updated:
July 22, 2018

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