OAD Projects Onboarding Week 2023

The Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) will support 19 projects around the world in 2023, funded by the International Astronomical Union, for a total of €124,011. These projects will address various socio-economic and sustainable-development challenges using astronomy-related interventions. The OAD is organizing an onboarding sessions for the project teams to meet the OAD, Regional Offices and the various networks.


20 – 22 Feb 2023
same link for all sessions https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81715389120?pwd=MS9YQytQL1dhUjJhU2pkbEZmT1hOQT09

All times are in UTC

Date Time UTC Session Speakers
20 Feb 2023 13:00 – 15:00    
    Welcome Kevin Govender, OAD
    Introductions by OAD & Regions  OAD team and Regions
    Introductions by project teams Projects
    Introduction to IAU (10 min) Slides Vanessa McBride, OAD 
    IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (10 min) Slides OAO
    IAU Office of Astronomy for Education (10 min) Slides OAE
    IAU Office for Young Astronomers (10 min) Slides OYA
    IAU Centre for Protection of Dark and Quiet Skies from Satellite Constellation Interference (10 min) Slides CPS
21 Feb 2023 13:00 – 15:00 Flagship themes & Fundraising  
    Astronomy for socio economic development (15 min) Slides Ramasamy Venugopal, OAD
    Astronomy and Mental health (15 min) Slides Dominic Vertue, OAD
    Big data hackathons (15 min) Slides Nikhita Madhanpall, DARA OAD Big Data Fellow
    BRICS astronomy (15 min) Duduzile Kubheka, BRICS astronomy coordinator
    Fundraising for projects (1 hour) Slides Genevieve Marshall, fundraiser
22 Feb 2023 13:00 – 14:00 Experience sharing by past projects & Reporting requirements  
    LAMPS: Leveraging local AstronoMy site to Promote STEM, Madagascar Slides Zara Randriamanakoto
    Guide training workshop for tribal students, India Slides Shweta Kulkarni
    Education for All: promoting education in internally displaced communities in Burkina Faso Slides Amidou Sorgho
    Asteroids workshop, Chile Slides Javiera Rey
    Impact, Communications & Reporting Slides Ramasamy Venugopal, OAD
24 Feb 2023 12:00 – 14:00 Final presentations by 2022 OAD projects