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Using Astronomy for Development

What is Astronomy for Development? A short introduction on how astronomy can influence society and how the tools of astronomy are being applied to solve challenges in food production, wildlife conservation, urban planning etc. Examples from projects funded by the OAD as well as other projects such as the STFC …

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OAD projects and their link to SDGs

OAD funds and coordinates projects that aim to use astronomy to impact on one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.   It may not be obvious to everyone how the tools, methods and content of the field of Astronomy are relevant to the SDGs. However, below are some …

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Office of Astronomy for Development: GAM2018

In the past, astronomy’s place in society was well understood. We relied on the moon and positions of stars to determine our calendars, we tracked the movements of planets and drew inspiration from the Milky Way. We raced to be first on the moon as a sign of progress and …

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Science for Development

It is important to note that the OAD forms part of a broader conversation around science-for-development. In exploring the world of “astronomy for development” it is ever more clear that all sciences have significant contributions that can be made in order to achieve global development goals. It is only through …

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How Astronomy Influenced the Energy Sector

In this guest blog, Megan Ray Nichols explores some ways in which developments in Astronomy and space have influenced the energy sector Modern astronomy has roots dating back to the earliest cultures on Earth and, although we have high-tech tools and gadgetry that make it possible to study the science without …

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Aerospace Advances Inspired by Astronomy

In this guest blog, Megan Ray Nichols explores some ways in which developments in Astronomy and space have made their way into the aerospace sector Of all the flights that people take, none top the flights into space, whether to launch humans or satellites that peer into our univese. Such work has …

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Astronomy in Everyday Life

What has Astronomy ever done for you? In this guest blog, Megan Ray Nichols explores some ways in which developments in Astronomy and space have made their way into everyday life Astronomy is the study of space and everything that encompasses. Astronomers do not always have their heads in the clouds. They …

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Assessing our impact

By Vanessa McBride & Eli Grant, Office of Astronomy for Development The Office of Astronomy for Development has funded over 100 projects run by enthusiastic astronomers and science communicators with a view to using astronomy to make the world a better place. But, how do we know our projects have …

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