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


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Division Members

  • Total number of active members: 2520
  • Number of junior members: 238

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

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Susana E. Deustua

1 Tremblant Ct
Maryland (MD)
United States

Phone: +1 301 204 3586
Email 1: deustuaarsmetrologiaorg
Email 2: sedeustuagmailcom

NCA adherence: United States

Last updated:
April 24, 2021

Richard de Grijs

Macquarie University
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Balaclava Road
North Ryde 2109
New South Wales (NSW)

Phone: +61 2 9850 8317
Email: richardde-grijsmqeduau
Personal website: http://astro-expat.info
Organization website: http://www.mq.edu.au

NCA adherence: Australia

Last updated:
May 14, 2019

Saeko S. Hayashi

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
TMT Project
75 W. Walnut St. #519
Pasadena 91103
California (CA)
United States

Email 1: saekohayashinaoacjp
Email 2: saekonaojorg

NCA adherence: Japan

Last updated:
May 25, 2021

Mary Kay M. Hemenway (Past President 2012-2015)

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

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

NCA adherence: United States

Last updated:
July 31, 2019

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