The XXXth General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union Vienna was held from August 20-31, 2018 in Vienna, Austria. For 2 weeks, the astronomy community from around the world gathered to discuss science, outreach, education, development in addition to administrative and business meetings.
The OAD team was present at the GA and shared the IAU Exhibition space together with the Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO), IAU100 anniversary team, and the IAU Inspiring Stars inclusive exhibition. The centre piece of the exhibition was a 1.5 m diameter Earth ball with markers for location of OAD funded projects, OAO outreach coordinators, and translator-volunteers.
For 2 weeks, the IAU offices interacted with the 3000+ GA participants at the exhibition space. The OAD had prepared a number of brochures and goodies to be given away.
- Coffee table book 2018
- OAD flyer 2018
- Projects booklet
- Astronomy for development and Citizen science flyer
“Inspiring Stars” exhibition was launched at the IAU General Assembly. It is an itinerant international exhibition to highlight world initiatives that address the concept of “inclusion” at (but not limited) outreach, didactic, and professional aspect,s using astronomy. It is a collaboration between the IAU Secretariat, the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development, and the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach, with the support of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).
2019 will mark a year-long celebration to increase awareness of a century of astronomical discoveries as well as to support and improve the use of astronomy as a tool for education, development and diplomacy under the central theme “Under One Sky”. IAU100 celebrations were officially launched at a special session at the General Assembly in Vienna.
The IAU 100 Years celebration in 2019 will consist of global and regional events that will reach a worldwide audience of millions of astronomers, industry leaders, educators, and more.
In addition, OAD team participated in a number of meetings, including the Young Astronomers Lunch, Division Day meeting etc.