In this issue, learn about the Astro Pi Challenge promoted by the the European Space Agency, the American Astronomical Society WorldWide Telescope Competition and the Europlanet public engagement funding scheme. And don’t forget that the IAU Office for Astronomy for Development newsletter #14 is now online. Happy reading!
We would like once again to thank our IAU Astronomy Outreach Newsletter translators for their support with bringing all of the latest astronomy education and outreach news to the community. The team would also like to extend this thankyou to all astronomy enthusiasts around the world who share with us news from your countries - we feel inspired by the activities you promote, by your creativity and efforts. And not forgetting our great National Outreach Contacts (NOCs) who continue to send us details of events and activities in their respective countries — in this issue we highlight news from Indonesia.
Last but not least don’t forget to enjoy the Moon on November 14 and share your experience as much as you can with everyone around the globe!
The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach team
1) IAU PhD Prize
The International Astronomical Union has announced a new prize, the IAU PhD Prize, to recognize outstanding scientific achievement in astronomy around the world. Anyone who has completed a PhD in the last year can submit an application for the prize by 15 December. Applications can be within any of the IAU’s nine divisions, one of which is the Division of Education, Outreach, and Heritage. Each year we will have an award in one of the fields of astronomy education, astronomy communication or astronomy history/heritage.
2) IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) Newsletter #14
The IAU OAD Newsletter #14 is now online. It is issued quarterly by the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), and there you can learn about the latest activities of the OAD. Highlights of this issue include the OAD being represented at a White House Conference and OAD Visitors Projects.
3) National Outreach Contact (NOC) Corner: News from Indonesia
a) Astronomy essay competition - LEAP
langitselatan is an Indonesian astronomy outreach and education group that uses online media to communicate astronomy and implements teaching of, and training in, astronomy in the field. langitselatan (LS) invites the Indonesian public to participate in “Lomba Esai Astronomi Populer” or LEAP, an Astronomy Essay Competition. The goal of this competition is to raise awareness of astronomy among the general public in Indonesia and to inspire them to share their knowledge, dreams or opinions about Astronomy. The competition will be open until 20 November 2016, and the result will be announced on 5 December 2016.
4) European Astro Pi challenge: code your International Space Station (ISS) experiment
Astro Pi is the name of a small computer developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, in collaboration with the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency (ESA). Two of these computers are on board the ISS for students to use. The European Astro Pi challenge invites school students to design a scientific experiment that can be run using Astro Pi’s sensors and to write the computer code to program the Astro Pi to execute the experiment on the ISS. The deadline for registration is 13 November 2016.
Europlanet is a project that links together research institutions and companies active in planetary science research in Europe and around the world. A call for applications for Europlanet’s 2017 Public Engagement Funding Scheme has recently opened. It will award grants of between 5000 and 15 000 euros to fund projects to engage the public with planetary science. Through this funding scheme, Europlanet aims to encourage new ways of bringing planetary science to audiences across Europe and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. Applications will be open until 31 January 2017.
A new introductory textbook called Astronomy has just been published by OpenStax, an international, non-profit project which develops high-quality introductory textbooks that are free to students. The publisher is supported by several major foundations (including the Gates and Hewlett Foundations) and the textbook benefits from the help of over 75 astronomers and astronomy educators, ensuring that the text is up-to-date, authoritative, and educationally sound.
7) The American Astronomical Society (AAS) WorldWide Telescope Competition
The American Astronomical Society is promoting a competition to create the best visual experiences using the American Astronomical Society’s WorldWide Telescope (AAS-WWT) system. Whether you are an experienced WWT user and have created a tour, interactive or video, or if you are new to WWT but have an astronomy story to tell, submit your entry in any of the three categories: Research, Education or Planetarium. The competition is open to everyone and applications will be accepted until 5 pm Eastern Time on 16 December.
8) The European Southern Observatory (ESO) Recruitment Portal
ESO notifies job openings on its recruitment portal. These provides the opportunity to work in a truly international environment, with access to cutting-edge technology and front-line scientific research. ESO strives to attract and appoint exceptional talent to support its development as a world leader in Astronomy, recruiting individuals who demonstrate a range of far-reaching skills including integrity, academic excellence, initiative, problem solving and leadership. There are currently seven ESO job positions open, one of them being for an Outreach Astronomer and another for a Science Journalism Internship.
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11) Contributions to IAU Outreach Newsletter for 2016
Here at the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach, we are always looking for more news about astronomical education and outreach events around the world. Please continue to share your stories with us in 2016! If you are organising any large-scale events at a regional or international level, offering astronomy education or communication job positions, have any innovative projects or inspiring stories, looking for professional–amateur collaboration in astronomy, or have created any educational resources, let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.