Letters of Intent for 2015

LoI 2015-224
Focus Meeting: The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development: Impact!

Date: 10 August 2015 to 11 August 2015
Location: Hawaii, United States
Contact: Kevin Govender (kg@astro4dev.org)
Coordinating division: Division C Education, Outreach and Heritage
Co-Chairs of SOC: Kevin Govender (IAU OAD)
George Miley (Leiden University)
Co-Chairs of LOC: Kevin Govender (IAU OAD)
Jean Christophe Mauduit (IAU OAD)

 

Topics

1. Progress on implementation of the IAU Strategic Plan
2. Activities of the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
3. Collaborations between the OAD and IAU Divisions
4. Regional Nodes and Language Expertise Centres
5. Call for proposals and funded projects
6. Global projects relating to Astronomy for Development (e.g. UNAWE, GHoU, GTTP, NASE, etc)
7. Monitoring and evaluating projects
8. Long term goals of Astronomy for Development
9. Fundraising
10. Volunteers and volunteer opportunities

 

Rationale

The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) has made significant progress in implementing the Strategic Plan 2010-2020. At the IAU General Assembly in 2015, we will be in the middle of the decade and it provides an opportune time to reflect on the impact that the OAD has made thus far, and the impact it hopes to make in the second half of the decade. This is of interest to all IAU members, more especially the many members who have participated in OAD activities, and those who wish to do so in the future. It will also be of interest to the membership because of a focus on collaborations between the OAD and each of the IAU Divisions. The question of monitoring and evaluation will be a crucial topic and applicable to any education or development programmes conducted by IAU members and beyond. We will have representation from several regional nodes and language expertise centres to report on local developments, as well as reports from selected funded projects.