ann21006 — Announcement

AstroEdu 2019 Conference Proceedings Released

1 April 2021

The IAU has released the proceedings of the inaugural AstroEdu Conference, which was held from 16 to 18 September 2019 at the ESO Supernova in Garching, Munich, Germany. Comprising 21 complete papers and 101 abstracts from 81 authors, the proceedings record the rich variety of topics that were presented and discussed during the conference. These topics span a range of endeavours around the world that foster student engagement in learning through astronomy.

The conference brought together astronomers, astronomy education researchers and education practitioners to communicate, discuss and tackle common issues. The three key themes covered theoretical research as well as practical research into issues that are often encountered when attempting to apply research results to real-world situations. The conference also provided an opportunity for the community to discuss the changes seen in astronomy education as a result of the IAU Strategic Plan 2010–2020, and to discuss how to meet the next IAU Strategic Plan goals regarding astronomy education.

A pivotal outcome of the discussions at AstroEdu 2019 was the establishment of a peer-reviewed journal focusing on astronomy education. Building on the foundations laid by Astronomy Education Review (2001–2013) and Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education (2014–present), the Astronomy Education Journal (AEJ) has now been officially launched and is accepting papers. The editors hope to release the first edition in summer 2021. The AEJ aims to be a key publication in astronomy education for researchers and practitioners around the world. It will provide a platform for practical, newsworthy and scholarly publications, both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed, on developments in the field.

In light of the enthusiasm and support from the community, IAU Commission C1 will seek to hold a regular AstroEdu Conference once every two or three years, building on the experiences, insights and feedback from AstroEdu 2019. The conference will not be held in the same year as the Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP) Conference or the IAU General Assembly. Depending on the evolving COVID-19 situation, the next AstroEdu Conference is being considered for 2023, to be held in Toronto, Canada.

More Information

The IAU and C1 Commission

The IAU is the international astronomical organisation that brings together almost 12 000 active professional astronomers from more than 100 countries worldwide. Its mission is to promote and safeguard astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation. The IAU also serves as the internationally recognised authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and the surface features on them. Founded in 1919, the IAU is the world's largest professional body for astronomers.

C1 is a Commission within Division C of the IAU. This Commission seeks to further the development and improvement of astronomical education at all levels throughout the world through various projects developed and maintained by the Commission and by disseminating information concerning astronomy education.

The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre

The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre is a cooperation between the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). The building is a donation from the Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), a German foundation, and ESO runs the facility. 



Paulo Bretones
President of Commussion C1 Astronomy Education and Development
Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil

Urban Eriksson
Lund University, Sweden

Pedro Russo
Leiden University, the Netherlands

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Cover of the proceedings of the inaugural AstroEdu Conference
Cover of the proceedings of the inaugural AstroEdu Conference