Category Archives: 2022

OAD at the XXXI IAU General Assembly

The XXXI General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) was held from 2-11 August, 2022 in Busan, Korea and online. It was the first hybrid General Assembly, with around 1200 in-person participants and around 700 attending online. The conference included seven symposia, 10 multi-session Focus Meetings, as well as meetings of IAU Offices, Divisions, […]

Annual Report 2021-22

The Office of Astronomy for Development has published the Annual Report for 2021-22. It covers highlights from the year including the completion of the second successful external review of the OAD, the IAU General Assembly, celebrating 10 years of OAD, and more. The report provides updates from the Regional Offices and some of the projects […]

Pilot Activities by Astronomy for Mental Health Project

OAD’s Astronomy for Mental Health project aims to explore how the inspirational and cultural aspects of astronomy can help improve mental well-being of vulnerable groups, working in collaboration with astronomers, psychologists, mental health professionals, social workers and other specialists. The project looks at the importance of mental health for development and the inspirational potential of […]

Astrostays Launches Cosmohub To Benefit Local Community

The Astrostays project has launched a unique women-led astrotourism initiative in India called The Cosmohub. Operated by a local women’s group in a village in Ladakh in northern India, the Cosmohub provides a rich, immersive experience to tourists, combining local culture and the amazing dark skies of the Himalayas. The Cosmohub’s unique dark skies experience […]

Videos from RECA Mentorship Program in Colombia

The RECA Mentoring program is focused on guiding students in Colombia who are interested in becoming professional astronomers. It aims to provide concise information so that students interested in becoming professional astronomers can plan their professional future. The program connects astronomers in training with advanced astronomers in their careers (mentors) who will advise the student […]