8-12 July 2013
The IAU Office of Astronomy Development
Presented by Dr. Jean-Christophe MAUDUIT on 9 Jul 2013 from 16:20 to 16:40
Type: Oral Presentation
Track: Track E - Physics Education
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is the largest body of professional astronomers in the world and has set up the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) in partnership with the South African National Research Foundation (NRF). The OAD is located at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Cape Town. Its mission is to realise the IAU's Strategic Plan, which aims to use astronomy as a tool for development. In 2012 the first open Call for Proposals was launched, focusing on three main areas: "Universities and Research", "Children and Schools" and "Public Outreach". Eighteen projects worldwide have been approved for 2013 and are currently under way. The OAD is also setting up regional nodes and language expertise centres around the world. This presentation will describe the ongoing activities of the OAD and plans for the future.