ann21023 — Announcement

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1 April 2021
IAU OAO Welcomes Proposals for 2021 Telescopes for All

The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) and Sterren Schitteren Voor Iedereen (Stars Shine for Everyone — SSVI), in collaboration with Leiden University, are now welcoming proposals for the 2021 Telescopes for All project. A full explanation of the requirements for proposals and the submission process is available on the Telescopes for All webpage. Telescopes for All will distribute 12 telescopes to underserved communities around the world, with the aim of broadening the horizons of children, parents and educators by sparking an interest in science. The project also raises awareness of the importance of equal opportunities in pursuing a career in astronomy.

Proposals must first be sent to the IAU National Outreach Coordinator (NOC) of the applicant’s country or region for a recommendation. NOCs are national-level representatives for the IAU OAO and act as a point of contact for astronomy outreach in a country or area. Proposals recommended by NOCs will then be evaluated by representatives of the IAU OAO and SSVI. 

Proposals to the OAO must be submitted by 1 June 2021 and accepted proposals will be announced on 15 June 2021.

Proposals to the OAO must be submitted by 15 June 2021 and accepted proposals will be announced by 9 July 2021.

The Bresser 90/1200 refractor telescopes are generously donated by Bresser and will be delivered with a special mount, custom-made by the amateur telescope-making group Kijkerbouw of Armand Pien Public Observatory, Belgium. Each telescope is signed by inspirational people in the field of astronomy including astronauts, Nobel laureates, and scientists.

In the 2020 Telescopes for All, 17 communities across 5 continents each received a telescope. The recipient communities included children in rural areas of Tunisia, migrants and refugees in Spain, and children with hearing and visual impairments in Indonesia and Nepal.

More information

The IAU is the international astronomical organisation that brings together almost 12 000 active 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 IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) is a joint project of the IAU and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). The mission of the OAO is to engage the public in astronomy through access to astronomical information and communication of the science of astronomy. This is implemented through a network of IAU National Outreach Coordinators (NOCs) and the IAU’s engagement initiatives with the public. The work of the OAO is about building bridges between the IAU and the global astronomy community, and through international collaboration, to make astronomy accessible to all.

Sterren Schitteren Voor Iedereen (Stars Shine for Everyone — SSVI) is a cooperation between Volkssterrenwacht A. Pien vzw (Public Observatory Armand Pien) and Ghent University. The project is based on the idea that “all children in special education and vulnerable people should have the opportunity to admire the starry sky with the help of a telescope,” according to project leader and founder Jean-Pierre Grootaerd. SSVI is carried out by the amateur telescope-making group Kijkerbouw of the Public Observatory Armand Pien in Ghent, Belgium.



Lina Canas
International Outreach Coordinator
IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach
Tel: +81-(0)422-34-3966

Jean Pierre Grootaerd
Stars Shine for Everyone

Lars Lindberg Christensen
IAU Press Officer
Cell: +49 173 38 72 621

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