Welcome to the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development

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The purpose of this office is to use astronomy to make the world a better place – and thus realise the vision of the IAU Strategic Plan

Recent News:

OAD is hosting monthly, open, brainstorming sessions (virtual and in person) on a number of interdisciplinary topics. Read about previous Astro4Dev mashups 

Minister of Science & Technology presented awards for contributions to setting up the OAD in South Africa

Astronomy & Data Science Toolkit is online. OAD are looking for contributions to the toolkit from the community

OAD’s engagement with Development Economists to explore common ground such as skills sharing

Read the latest OAD Newsletter

The Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) is a joint project of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) with the support of the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

The mission of the OAD is to help further the use of astronomy, including its practitioners, skills and infrastructures, as a tool for development by mobilizing the human and financial resources necessary in order to realize the field’s scientific, technological and cultural benefits to society. This is primarily implemented through funding and coordinating projects that use Astronomy as a tool to address an issue related to sustainable development. Since 2013, more than 100 projects have been funded through the annual Call for ProposalsThe OAD also engages in a number of activities on its own.

The OAD has established Regional Offices and Language Centres around the world who share the OAD vision but focus their activities within a geographic or cultural or language region. 

The funded projects for 2017 are currently under way. Browse the map for all the IAU-OAD funded projects to date (from 2013 – 2018):