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Building on IYA2009: IAU Strategic Plan “Astronomy for the Developing World”

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 December 2011

George Miley
Affiliation:
Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, P.O. Box 9513, NL 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands email: miley@strw.leidenuniv.nl IAU Vice President, Education and Development
Claude Carignan
Affiliation:
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique Expérimentale (LAE), Département de physique, Université de Montréal, C.P. 6128, Succ. Centre-ville, Montréal, Qc, CanadaH3C 3J7 Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l'Environnement (LPCE), Observatoire d'Astrophysique de l'Université de Ouagadougou (ODAUO), UFR/SEA, B.P. 7021, Ouagadougou 03, Burkina Faso Department of Astronomy, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch 7701, South Africa
Kevin Govender
Affiliation:
South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), P.O. Box 9, Observatory, 7935, South Africa Director of the Office on Astronomy for Development (OAD)
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Abstract

During the next decade the IAU intends to mobilize talented astronomers, engineers and teachers around the world, in the service of developing countries. I shall review the content of the IAU Strategic Plan 2010 - 2020 “Astronomy for the Developing World” and give you an update on its implementation. Astronomy is a unique tool for stimulating capacity building because it combines cutting-edge technology with fundamental science and has deep cultural roots. The plan envisages a substantial increase in IAU education and development activities during the next decade. These activities will be bottom-up, with a strong regional influence. An integrated approach tailored to the conditions and needs of each country will involve a mix of education at primary, secondary and tertiary levels and public outreach. As a crucial component of the strategy, the IAU together with the South African National Research Foundation will set up a small office to coordinate and plan the various global activities at the SAAO in Cape Town.

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