Office of Astronomy for Education

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is in the process of creating the Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE) to achieve the goals set out in the IAU Strategic Plan 2020–2030.

The OAE will be established through an international Call for Proposals and will have the following main objectives:

  • identify the OAE host which will work in partnership with the IAU;
  • establish a network of National Astronomy Education Coordinators (NAECs) that will represent the interface between the OAE and the community of teachers, in each Coordinator’s country, who would be interested in astronomy and in using astronomy as a tool for teaching science in primary and secondary school;
  • through the NAECs, liaise with curriculum experts and hopefully with education ministries to further the inclusion of astronomy in the national curricula, and perhaps to propose modifications of the national curricula and the schools’ syllabi, to develop educational material tailored to the needs of specific countries or groups and school level;
  • analyse, with the support of the NAECs, how astronomy is used in teaching in all the IAU countries, identifying existing relevant actions and liaise with them, e.g., organising professional development for teachers and high-quality teaching material that is readily accessible and that can be translated into the local language;
  • develop and encourage the use of standards to be followed in the organisation of teacher training activities;
  • organise Regional or International Schools for Astronomy Education (SAE) for teachers, adhering to these standards;
  • recruit and organise volunteer IAU members who are willing to contribute to the teacher training programme.

Read more about this initiative in the announcement ann18054.

For information on the upcoming workshop:

The 1st Shaw-IAU Workshop on “Astronomy for Education”


Update on November 28th, 2019: The IAU Office of Astronomy for Education will be hosted by the Haus der Astronomie














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