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  • 1. International Astronomical Union Office of Astronomy for Development Kevin Govender - OAD
  • 2. “Exploring theUniverse for thebenefit ofhumankind” Reached 815 000 000 people in 2009!International astronomical Union> 10 000 professional astronomers
  • 3. Office of Astronomy for DevelopmentVision:Astronomy for a better world!Mission:To help further the use of astronomy asa tool for development by mobilizing the human and financial resources necessary in order to realize its scientific, technological and cultural benefits to society.
  • 4. Elements of Astronomy for Development…
  • 5. The IAU Office of Astronomy for DevelopmentIAU President, Gen Sec, Div CEDOC OAD Steering Committee OAD Regional Coordinators Astronomy for Astronomy for Astronomy for Universities and Children and the Public Research Schools “Astronomy for a better world!”
  • 6. The Roles of the OAD– Implementation of the Strategic Plan– Strategic advice– Coordination and Facilitation– Funding and Infrastructure– Implementation of special projects
  • 7. Guiding principles– Regional– “Bottom-up”– Innovative– Development focus– Transparent– Dynamic– Humble
  • 8. The OAD team– Director– Project Officer– Administrative Assistant– Interns / Volunteers
  • 9. OAD Task Forces– Open call for nominations (January 2012)– 36 Nominations received– Selection of Chairs and Vice-Chairs by EDOC– Selection of members by EDOC– Task Forces launched April 2012
  • 10. OAD Task ForcesTF1: Universities and Research• Jean-Pierre de Greve (Belgium)• Richard de Grijs (China)• Michele Gerbaldi (France)• Edward Guinan (USA – Chair)• Roger Hajjar (Lebanon)• Edward Jurua (Uganda)• Katrien Kolenberg (USA/Belgium – Vice-Chair)• Hakim Malasan (Indonesia)• Shengbang Qian (China)• Nicole van der Bliek (Chile)
  • 11. OAD Task ForcesTF2: Children and Schools• Rosa Doran (Portugal)• Edward Gomez (LCOGT, Cardiff) (Vice-Chair)• Mary Kay Hemmenway (USA)• Robert Hollow (Australia)• Ofodum Chukwujekwu Nworah (Nigeria)• Rosa Maria Ros (Spain)• Pedro Russo (Leiden University/UNAWE) (Chair)• Cecilia Scorza (Venezuela/Germany)• Linda Strubbe (Canada)• Akihiko Tomita (Japan)
  • 12. OAD Task ForcesTF3: Public• Thilina Heenatigala (Sri Lanka)• Sarah Kendrew (EU - New Media)• Lars Lindberg Christensen (Germany, IAU Commission 55)• Carolina Odman (South Africa – Vice-Chair)• German Puerta (Colombia)• Sarah Reed (Japan/UK)• Ian Robson (UK - Chair)• Komiko Usida (Japan)
  • 13. The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development OAD OAD Steering Committee Regional Coordinators Astronomy for Astronomy for Astronomy for Universities and Children and the public Research Schools “Astronomy for a better world!”
  • 14. OAD Regional Nodes– Announcement of Opportunity (January 2012)– Language Expertise Centres included– 31 Expressions of Interest– 15 Full proposals
  • 15. OAD Regional Nodes South East Asia, Thailand East Asia, China OAD Global Office, South Africa
  • 16. The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development OAD OAD Steering Committee Regional Coordinators Astronomy for Astronomy for Astronomy for Universities and Children and the public Research Schools “Astronomy for a better world!”
  • 17. Volunteers (~450) – country of origin...
  • 18. IAU Office for Public Outreach Sarah Reed: International Outreach Coordinator
  • 19. Task Force Calls for Proposals• Call went live on 10th August 2012• Translation support offered• €80000 available for Task Force recommendations• Projects recommended but not funded go onto “wish list”• EDOC allocates IAU funds by December 2012• Projects implemented in 2013• Each Task Force has similar (but separate) call...
  • 20. Task Force Calls - ExamplesTF1: Universities and Research• Visiting astronomer programmes or exchange programmes• National or regional astronomy schools and workshops• Astronomy education research equipment and laboratory small grant• Sabbatical leave visit programme• Undergraduate astronomy courses• Technology internships e.g. instrument specialists• University twinning programmes• Innovative university astronomy programs not listed above
  • 21. Task Force Calls - ExamplesTF2: Children and Schools• Teacher training and development• Resource development and vetting• Produce guidelines for using robotic telescopes for school projects• Distance learning options applicable to school level education• Astronomy education research• Reference group for curriculum evaluation• Support existing networks for education• Mobile education projects• Study on the value of astronomy training• Any other relevant projects
  • 22. Task Force Calls - ExamplesTF3: Public• Journalist/blogger/communicator and amateur training• Citizen science projects• Develop/Identify models for good outreach activities• Traditional/Cultural astronomy for outreach and false beliefs• Establish evolving list of existing celebrations• Creation of images and multimedia resources• Stargazing events and telescope making workshops• Any other relevant project which may not be mentioned here• Astro-tourism activities• Outreach awards• Establish evaluation guidelines
  • 23. OAD Annual Call for Proposals Response: Astronomy for e.g. University twinning, 42 applicationsUniversities and summer schools, Research equipment grants, etc € 752 959 requested Astronomy for e.g. Teacher training, 94 applications Children and resource development, Schools curriculum research € 772 079 requested e.g. Journalist training, Astronomy for 53 applications citizen science, the public astro-tourism € 310 782 requested Total Requested: After evaluations: €1 835 820 € 968 940 on wish list
  • 24. Collaborations• Royal Astronomical Society – Visiting experts – Approximately 5 visits per year
  • 25. Collaborations• Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research – Visiting experts – Approximately 3 per year
  • 26. Collaborations• International Science Programme (Uppsala) – Workshop for Physics lecturers – Use Virtual Observatory and small telescope – First workshop targets “historically black” universities in SA
  • 27. Collaborations• International Centre for Theoretical Physics – Associate Scientists (5 per year) – Networks (3 per year) – Individual travel grants (5 per year) – Meetings and Workshops (2 per year) – Schools for young scientists (2 per year)
  • 28. Collaborations• Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics – Human Capital Development – Visiting Experts – Testing educational Resources
  • 29. Collaborations• University of Central Lancashire – Distance learning scholarships (12 per year) – Visiting experts
  • 30. Projects– Science Hack Day (“Hacking for Development”)– Microsoft Worldwide Telescope Workshop– Transit of Venus Consolidation– Sutherland Youth Day Programming Workshop– Astronomy Teaching and Research Orientation Workshop (instrumentation and data)– Undergraduate astronomy courseware– French speaking Africa – Eclipse meeting 2013– East African Astronomy Workshop - Kampala
  • 31. 2015 Strategic Goals•Active regional nodes on all continents•Active Task Forces with yearly funding cycle•Secured funding for the OAD in the 2016 to 2020 period.•Sustainable volunteer programme•Total accumulated fundraising exceeding those madethrough the IAU-NRF agreement.
  • 32. Astronomy for a better world! @govender