Author Archives: Ram Venugopal

Open Call for Partners by IAU OAD

IAU OAD Call for Partners

The International Astronomical Union (IAU)’s Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) calls for partners – individuals/institutions from diverse professional backgrounds – to enable and catalyze the realization of development outcomes using astronomy (or science in general). Partnerships can take various forms including Funding Partners, Conferences and Seminars Partners, Research, Technical and/or Development Partners, as well […]

Final Report of Astronomy to Develop Pre-Algebra Skills

In coordination with its National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC), Global Hands On Universe (GHOU) ran a twelve-week online astronomy course for secondary school physics teachers based in and around Kampala, Uganda. The teachers received online instruction and guidance from professional astronomers and other GHOU-affiliated educators, learning 21st-century astronomy, constructivist pedagogical methods and the skills needed […]

A Design Manual for Astrotourism Experiences

astrotourism manual

“A Design Manual For Astro-tourism Experiences” is an astrotourism manual that offers guidance and knowledge on improving the quality, appeal, and diversity of the astro-tourism experiences that may be designed and implemented in different local settings. It is primarily aimed at owners, managers, or decision-makers of institutions that offer astronomical tourism experiences today, including tourism […]

OAD Project Leader In ‘200 Young South Africans’ List 2021

Zara Randriamanakoto, one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans in 2021 is a postdoctoral researcher at the South African Astronomical Observatory. She also cofounded the Ikala STEM non-profit organisation that rallies about 300 women scientists across four continents to inspire mainly girls and women to consider a career in STEM. Through Ikala […]

“Planets of the Solar System” – Video by OAD Project

Second video from Kainaat Kids (Urdu with English subs) on the ‘Planets of our solar system’. The channel covers basic concepts of astronomy, many of which are part of the science curriculum in Pakistan (and other places). Supported by the OAD through the annual call for proposals.