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OAD Team Meets President of South Africa and Ministers at World Science Forum

The OAD team had the privilege of meeting the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of Higher Education, Science, Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, officials from the Department of Science and Innovation, and other dignitaries at the 2022 World Science Forum. The forum is a meeting […]

Apply to Warwick Astronomy Knowledge Exchange

Source: Warwick University The Warwick Astronomy Knowledge Exchange programme (WAKE), a collaboration between the Warwick University Astronomy Group, the Office of Astronomy for Development and the Warwick Ethnic Minorities in Physics Network, aims to increase the diversity of people applying for opportunities at Warwick especially from countries under-represented in the field of astronomy. With the […]

IAU will Support 17 Astro4Dev Projects in 2022

Astro-STEM workshops for girls, Kenya

Original announcement by IAU The Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) is pleased to announce the results of its 2021 call for proposals, through which 17 projects around the world will receive a total of €109,822 in 2022. These projects will address various socio-economic and sustainable-development challenges using astronomy-related interventions. The selected initiatives include a community-empowerment […]

External Review Panel Lauds OAD’s Work and Recommends Continuation

OAD logo

The report from a recent external review of the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) has just been released to the public by the National Research Foundation. The review, covering 6 years of OAD operations, concluded with a commendation on the OAD’s work and a recommendation to renew its hosting in South Africa until 2027. […]

UN General Assembly Proclaims International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development in 2022

IYBSSD 2022

The International Astronomical Union is one of several scientific unions and institutions who will coordinate the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD) in 2022, to promote the links between the basic sciences and the Sustainable Development Goals. We need more basic sciences to achieve Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. […]