Category Archives: 2023

IAU OAD Newsletter #35 October-December 2023

Cover image of the OAD newsletter

The IAU OAD has published its latest newsletter for the October to December 2023 period. Highlights in the newsletter: Conference Deadlines IAU General Assembly 2024: abstracts deadline on 01 March IAU Communicating Astronomy with the Public CAP conference: abstracts deadline on 29 February New astronomy-for-development projects funded in 2024 Previous newsletters are on the website. […]

‘Colour the Cosmos’ at Science Forum 2023

By Dominic Vertue and Joyful Mdhluli At Science Forum South Africa 2023, the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) extended an invitation to participants, urging them to “Colour the Cosmos” and craft their own exoplanet for a chance to win a telescope. This engaging activity attracted individuals of all ages who enthusiastically painted or drew. […]

Writing in a Universe of Peace and Chaos

written by Alboricah Rathupetsane, PhD student at the Centre for Sustainability Transitions, Stellenbosch University who participated in the writing retreat program in Sutherland, South Africa organised by the OAD’s Astro for Mental Health team A different kind of peace emerges from the vastness and emptiness of Sutherland. It is borne from the lack of embellishment […]

Abstract and Grant Submissions Open for IAU General Assembly 2024 in Africa

Announcement by the organising committee of the IAU General Assembly 2024 The National Organising Committee of the 32nd International Astronomical Union  General Assembly 2024 (IAU GA 2024) proudly announces the opening of abstract submissions and grant applications. This landmark event, hosted by the National Research Foundation, with strong support from the Department of Science and […]

OAD session at Science Forum South Africa: “Astronomy for a better world”

In this session we explore how the multiple facets of astronomy can be used as a tool for sustainable development. Modern astronomy tests the limits of our human ingenuity when it comes to developing the tools and methods with which to understand the universe and its contents. Yet, we also develop connections with astronomy through […]