IAU General Assembly 2012

Information for Special Session 11 (SpS11) at the IAU General Assembly, Beijing 2012

SpS11: IAU Strategic Plan and the Global Office of Astronomy for Development

Dates: 27th to 28th August 2012

Contact person: Kevin Govender (kg@astro4dev.org)
SOC members: George Miley, Khotso Mokhele,Kaz Sekiguchi, Megan Donahue, Claude Carignan, Patricia Whitelock, Kevin Govender
Editors: Kevin Govender and George Miley
List of topics:
1. IAU Strategic Plan “Astronomy for the Developing World”
2. The IAU Global Office of Astronomy for Development
3. Regional nodes for “Astronomy for Development” activities
4. Sector Task Forces
5. Volunteers and volunteer opportunities
Abstract deadline passed.

Monday August 27

Session I:
10:30-11:00 Implementation of the IAU Strategic Plan George Miley
11:00-11:30 The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development Kevin Govender
11:30-12:00 Using astronomy to shape a country′s science and technology landscape Khotso Mokhele
Task Force 1: Astronomy for Universities and Research
12:00-12:15 Astronomy for a Better World: IAU OAD Task Force-1 Programs for Advancing Astronomy Education and Research in Universities in Developing Countries Ed Guinan
12:15-12:30 TWINNING between Institutions in developed and less developed Countries: An ideal way to set-up an Astrophysics Program Claude Carignan
12:30 End of Session

Session II:
14:00-14:15 Advances in Astrophysics in Peru: a 32 m Radio Telescope to Observe Methanol Masers Within Star Forming Regions will allow Development of Astrophysics in Local Universities Jose Ishitsuka
14:15-14:30 Volunteer work at KIE, Rwanda Mirjana Povic
Task Force 2: Astronomy for Children and Schools
14:30-14:45 IAU Office of Astronomy for Development: Task Force Children & School Education Pedro Russo
14:45-15:00 The GTTP Movement: Engaging young minds to the beauty of science and space exploration Rosa Doran
15:00-15:15 Education for development under the skies of Chile Cecilia Scorza and Olaf Fischer
15:15-15:30 New Strategies and Results of the CIDA-UNAWE-GTTP program in Venezuela Enrique Torres
15:30 End of Session

Session III:
Task Force 3: Astronomy for the Public
16:00-16:15 The ′Astronomy for the Public′ Task Force Carolina Ödman-Govender
16:15-16:30 Communicating Astronomy with the Public (youth) as the Gateway to Astronomy for Development   Dennis Crabtree
16:30-16:45 NAOJ′s activities on Astronomy for Development Fumi Yoshida
16:45-17:00 Touch the sky with your hands Beatriz Garcia
17:00-17:15 Global Astronomy Month – An Annual Celebration of the Universe Thilina Heenatigala
17:15-17:30 Amateur Astronomy Network Development in Indonesia Avivah Yamani
17:30-18:00 Poster plugs Poster Presenters (Poster presenters have 30 seconds and one slide to invite people to view their posters – 25 posters)
18:00 End of Day 1

Tuesday August 28

Session IV: Regional Development
10:30-10:40 Astronomy development in Serbia in view of the IAU Strategic Plan Olga Atanackovic
10:40-10:50 A project of two meters telescope in North of Africa Zouhair Benkhaldoun
10:50-11:00 In search of a viable IAU OAD Regional Node Okere Bonaventure
11:00-11:10 Strategic Plan of Development of Astronomy in DPRK Sok JONG
11:10-11:20 Armenia as a Regional Centre for ′′Astronomy for Development″activities Areg Mickaelian
11:20-11:30 An exemplary developing astronomy movement in Nepal Sudeep Neupane
11:30-11:40 Astronomy in Mozambique Valerio A.R.M. Ribeiro
11:40-11:50 Developing Astronomy Research and Education in the Philippines R.M.D. Sese
11:50-12:00 A route to follow for the strategic plan in Latin America and the Caribbean Silvia Torres-Peimbert
12:00 Discussion and summary Kevin Govender, George Miley
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