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

This year, the IAU will establish the  Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE), whose objective is to provide structured support to astronomy education in all countries, providing training and resources to encourage using astronomy as a stimulus for teaching and education from primary to secondary school levels. An open call for Letters of Intent was issued, followed by an invitation for full proposals, and soon,  the IAU will be in the process of reviewing proposals to host the OAE. 

The Shaw Prize Foundation has generously provided funding to support an annual workshop to facilitate the development of the OAE implementation plan.

The 1st Workshop will be held on the afternoon of 17 December 2019 through the morning of 19 December, at the IAP (Institute Astrophysique de Paris) auditorium near IAU Headquarters in Paris. 

At the Workshop, we will introduce the OAE host and discuss the proposed actions for the new Office, with brief presentations from the selected host, invited speakers, and other attendees. We will also discuss the OAE implementation plan in view of achieving the goals expressed in the IAU Strategic Plan for 2020-2030.

The Workshop can accommodate 50 people. Those who submitted Letters of Intent and full proposals, as well as others engaged in educational activities, will be invited to attend.  We also invite applications from others who are engaged in astronomy education and would like to contribute to the discussions of the planning for the new Office. 

The Agreement for collaboration between the Shaw Prize Foundation and the IAU recently signed (read more about this initiative in the press release  iau1904) shall be continued for five years, after which can be continued for further periods subject to mutual agreement.

If interested in attending and contributing to the Workshop, please submit an application by 30 July. Describe your reasons for wanting to attend, your engagement in educational activities, and your possible contribution for a brief oral presentation, and also indicate whether support for travel is requested.

The selected participants will be informed by 20 August.



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