In 2019, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, the IAU is organising a year-long celebration to increase awareness of a century of astronomical discoveries, as well as to support and improve the use of astronomy as a tool for education, development, and diplomacy under the central theme "Under One Sky".
The IAU100 celebration is organized into 9 Themes, one of which is Inclusive Astronomy. Under this theme, IAU100 will coordinate local, national, and global activities to support historically underrepresented groups in astronomy.
One important goal is the implementation of actions to support and encourage women and minority scientists and engineers at all career levels, and to promote inclusive, equitable work environments in astronomy-related careers. In addition, this is centered on facilitating access to astronomical resources and careers for people with special educational or physical needs, or those who might be excluded based on identity, as well as providing access to excellent role models and mentors.
The IAU100 Inclusive Astronomy Initiative will include a wide array of global activities and events throughout the year. These events will kick off on February 11th, 2019 with the celebration of the United Nations’ International Day of Women and Girls in Science and the IAU Women and Girls in Astronomy Day.
Following a successful launch at the IAU General Assembly in Vienna in August, 2018, the "Inspiring Stars" Global Project aims to broaden the horizons of children, parents, teachers, and astronomers by showcasing assistive research tools and inclusive practices related to astronomy research, communication, and development.
Later in the year, from November 12-15, 2019 the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) will host the IAU Symposia: “Astronomy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion — a roadmap to action within the framework of IAU centennial anniversary.”
To learn more about Women and Girls in Astronomy, Inspiring Stars, and the IAU Symposia, please visit the Projects page.
These are just a few of the many events that will be held in 2019 to celebrate Inclusive Astronomy. We invite you to join us in this yearlong celebration!
Image description: Two visitors to the Inspiring Stars Exhibition held at the 2018 IAU General Assembly in Vienna explore 3D-printed tactile models of telescopes designed to make astronomy more accessible to the blind.
Photo credit: Hannah Harris
This website will be updated frequently throughout the year with the latest events, information, and resources under the theme of Inclusive Astronomy.
To learn more about other activities and the organisation of the IAU100 year-long celebrations, please visit the IAU100 website.
Inclusive Astronomy is a Global Project in the framework of the IAU 100th anniversary celebrations (IAU100). The IAU100 is made possible by a consortium of international organizations, including the IAU100 Global Sponsors: the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Leiden University, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). For more information on more IAU100 Partners please visit the IAU100 website.