The IAU Astronomy Outreach Newsletter is a bimonthly community-generated digital publication prepared by the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach team. Our team continuously gathers and shares resources, activities and events recommended by and to the science education and outreach community around the world. Every month, we can’t help but be amazed by the large number of activities happening around the world. By sharing these through this newsletter our team hopes to inspire and provide ideas for our readers to learn from each other’s experiences and to support your efforts in bringing astronomy to everyone.
In this issue, we start by suggesting some items for your holiday reading, such as the CAP Journal issue 21 and the latest Education and Development of Astronomy Newsletter. We also list a few astronomy meetings and events for 2017 so you can start planning ahead. In this issue, #24 of 2016 and the last one of the year, we would like to bring you some slightly different content. We dedicate this newsletter to highlighting some of the IAU’s outreach activities and the many ways you can engage with our outreach team and with some of these IAU programs. By doing so we hope that in 2017 we can continue to support you and the community even further.
As usual, we don’t want to leave unmentioned all the voluntary support that makes this newsletter possible — our translators and contributors. Our team here in Japan is looking forward to continuing to hear from you all in 2017 and to supporting you in the best way we can.
Clear Skies for 2017!
The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach team
1) CAP Journal Issue 21 now available
The 21st issue of the Communicating Astronomy with the Public journal is out! In this issue CAP contributors outline a summer programme in astronomy for high-school students; evaluate a massive open online class in astronomy; provide essential tips on how to write a successful press release; and describe astronomy communication at its most informal — a growing programme of astronomy events held in bars. All of this and more is featured in this free, peer-reviewed journal for astronomy communicators.
2) Newsletter of the CC1 - Education and development of the Astronomy
Welcome to IAU Commission C1 Newsletter #84, the second to be published under the new divisional structure of the IAU established at the General Assembly XXIX in Honolulu, in August 2015. In this issue, you can find reports on activities by three working groups: WG3 on Equity and Inclusion; Inter-Commission Working Group B7 & C1: Dark Skies Challenge and Education; and the Network for Astronomy School Education (NASE) first seminar.
Its program of scientific meetings is one of the most important means by which the IAU pursues its goal of promoting the science of astronomy through international collaboration. In many of these meetings there are special sessions dedicated to Education and Outreach in which astronomers, informal educators and outreach professionals exchange best practice on how to take different areas of astronomy to the community and the general public.
During International Year of Light (IYL2015), IAU Cosmic Light saw 1000 activities that reached over 2.5 million people. Through Cosmic Light, the IAU has officially endorsed several projects, such as Global Science Opera and Constellation, for their innovative approaches, collaborative efforts and sustainability. For 2017 the IAU OAO has endorsed The Story of Space and we invite you to discover more about this project here: http://www.thestoryof.org/space2017/.
One of the projects officially supported by the IAU is astroEDU, an open-access platform for peer-reviewed science education activities. Here educators can discover, review, distribute, improve, and remix educational content, all licensed through the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported. astroEDU makes the best science activities, particularly those with an astronomical, earth or space science focus, accessible to educators around the world by providing visibility via wide distribution through the partner networks and with the official seal of the IAU. We encourage all formal and informal educators to discover more about astroEDU here: http://astroedu.iau.org/, and to share their educational activities here: http://astroedu.iau.org/submission/.
6) Astronomy Clubs network and the IAU Directory
The IAU Directory for World Astronomy aims to be a comprehensive database of active organisations and groups that share their excitement for astronomy and promote education and outreach activities to the wider global community. With this platform, the IAU intends to provide a resource where everyone can easily access information about astronomy-related groups and can easily contact them to discover more about astronomy-related activities.
We invite you to find out about the activities and groups in your region or even become a part of our community: https://directory.iau.org/.
In recent years the IAU has received hundreds of emails from the general public with questions ranging from young students wondering how they could become astronomers, amateur astronomers wanting to become involved in active research, or the general public wondering about the importance of Astronomy in our daily life. IAU Themes covers the most popular topics in astronomy and reflects the most frequently asked questions that the IAU Press Office has received over the years. Our team is currently renewing the Themes and you can also be a part of it by sending us your questions and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we move closer to the end of 2016 here is the list of the most eagerly-awaited astronomy outreach & education conferences and events for next year. Plan ahead for a year full of interesting events. And if you notice we have missed something, then share further international astronomy outreach and education meetings or events with us via email@example.com.
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11) Contributions to this newsletter - looking forward to hearing from you in 2017!
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 2017! 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 email@example.com.