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:

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

Upcoming Events of interest

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. More information on our annual Call for Proposals.

The funded projects for 2017 are currently under way. Browse the map for all the IAU-OAD funded projects to date (for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and the upper right button to share!):