The IAU’s Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) and Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) have teamed up to publish the first edition of the Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP) Journal focused on communicating astronomy for development. This special issue will feature articles addressing how outreach, public engagement and the popularisation of astronomy can be used effectively for development.
Submissions are sought from individuals and groups around the world who have conducted such outreach projects with the goal of using astronomy as a tool for development. Articles are particularly encouraged from relevant projects funded by the OAD, as well as OAD recommended projects.
Abstracts are now being accepted for consideration, and should be about 1000 characters in length (maximum character count). Abstract submission closes on 20 July 2019, and the authors of the selected abstracts will be informed in early August. Guidelines will be provided to the successful authors to enable them to develop their abstracts into full articles, with a deadline of 30 September 2019 for full article submission. The final articles should be between 800 and 1500 words, and will be revised and approved by the CAP Journal Editorial Board.
- Abstract submission is now open until 20 July 2019 (ca. 1000 characters)
- Authors of selected abstracts will be informed in early August. These authors will be provided with further guidelines for the development of full articles
- Deadline for submission of full articles is 30 September 2019
- All articles should be between 800 and 1500 words and will be revised and approved by the CAP Journal Editorial Board.
This CAP Journal special issue is scheduled for release in February 2020.
Submit your abstract here.
The IAU is the international astronomical organisation that brings together more than 13 500 professional astronomers from more than 100 countries worldwide. Its mission is to promote and safeguard astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation. The IAU also serves as the internationally recognised authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and the surface features on them. Founded in 1919, the IAU is the world's largest professional body for astronomers.
The CAPjournal is an IAU publication, published by the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach twice a year. It is a free peer-reviewed journal for astronomy communicators, available online and in print.
The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) coordinates and supports worldwide efforts to enhance public knowledge, appreciation and education of astronomy and related sciences. The OAO is a joint venture between the IAU and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), with funding contributions from several astronomical institutes.
The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) aims to further the use of astronomy, including its practitioners, skills and infrastructures, as a tool for development. The OAD is a joint project of the IAU and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) with the support of the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach
Editor, CAP Journal
IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
Lars Lindberg Christensen
IAU Press Officer
Garching bei München, Germany
Tel: +49 89 320 06 761
Cell: +49 173 38 72 621