Women & Girls in Astronomy Contest

Congratulations to the contest winner, The Astro Molo Mhlaba project of South Africa!  Read more about the winning project here.
Many thanks to everyone who participated in the contest and supported the mission of the Inclusive Astronomy project.


A new prize has been established for event organisers who conduct an activity for IAU100 celebrating Women and Girls in Astronomy. This prize will recognize and celebrate the efforts of event organizers worldwide who promote women and girls in astronomy through the organization of innovative, creative, accessible, and sustainable public outreach events. Visit the Women & Girls in Astronomy project page to learn more about the types of events this project supports.


To participate in the contest, event organisers are invited to register their eligible event(s) with IAU100 and submit an evaluation form after their event concludes for consideration in this contest. One winning event organizer will be invited to the IAUS 358 Symposium "Astronomy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion" in Tokyo, Japan and receive funding to cover registration, travel, and accommodation costs.

Contest at a glance:
  1. Organise an event for women and girls in astronomy and register it with us
  2. After your event, submit the evaluation form
  3. One event organiser will win a trip to Japan to attend the IAU Symposium "Astronomy for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity"
Contest Opens
Contest Closes
Last Day to Submit Evaluation Form
Opening of IAUS 358 Symposium
Closing of IAUS 358 Symposium

Contest Rules

  • Eligible events include those that will be held on or before 30 June 2019 and that are registered on the IAU100 Event Calendar under the category “IAU Women and Girls in Astronomy Event”.

  • Event organisers will be invited to complete a feedback form to gather information about their event.  IAU100 will use this information to select one event organiser who conducted an event that most innovatively and inclusively celebrated women and girls in astronomy through their activities. Eligible events will be assessed for innovation, creativity, sustainability, inclusivity and accessibility.

  • The winning individual will be invited to attend the IAU Symposium: “Astronomy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion”in Tokyo, Japan from 12-15 November 2019, hosted by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). This symposium will lay the groundwork for future IAU Resolutions on Equity, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies in Astronomy.

  • IAU100 will cover the chosen winner’s registration cost for the symposium, up to €1000 for travel and up to €500 for accommodation.

How to Enter

Step 1: Organise an event for Women and Girls in Astronomy that happens between 1 January and 30 June 2019.

Step 2: Register your event with us as an official part of the IAU100 Women and Girls in Astronomy Project using the registration form. Make sure you register your event under the Category "IAU Women and Girls in Astronomy Event."

Step 3: After your event is completed, fill out the IAU100 Events Evaluation Form and select "Women and Girls Astronomy Event."

Step 4: We will be in touch shortly after the contest closes with the results. The winning event organizer will be contacted privately to accept the prize before a public announcement is made.

The registration and evaluation forms are linked above in the blue boxes 

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm not a member of the IAU/the country in which I live is not a member of the IAU - can I still participate?

Yes! IAU100 and the Women & Girls in Astronomy Project is open to everyone, regardless of their affiliation with the IAU.

My event already happened and I'm learning about the contest now. Can I still submit the registration form and feedback form?

Yes, the registration form may be submitted after an event happens as long as the event occurs between 1 January and 30 June and the evaluation form is submitted by the deadline.

What happens if the winner cannot attend the IAU Symposium from 12-15 November?

If the chosen winner is unable to accept the prize for any reason, including being unable to attend the entire symposium from 12-15 November 2019, then the prize will be offered to the organiser(s) of the next best event.

If the winning event has multiple organizers, how is the single recipient of the prize chosen?

The prize will be offered to the winning event, regardless of the number of organisers, and it is up to the event organisers themselves to decide who will accept the prize.

If I've organized more than one eligible event, may I enter more than once in the contest?

You may submit multiple events as long as a unique evaluation form is submitted for each event.

Contest Agreement

  • All decisions made by the IAU100 competition organizers about any aspect of the competition including eligibility or disqualification of applications, comments or images are final and cannot be appealed.

  • By submitting information to the contest, contestants consent to the use, reproduction, publication, transmission and dissemination of their name and information relating to the award by the competition organizers and/or partners, without compensation, in any publications or promotional material, to promote the competition and its chosen winner.

  • The IAU Secretariat will arrange the travel and accommodation for the winner

  • IAU100 reserves the right to make changes to the competition at any time without prior notice, to temporarily interrupt the competition, or to cancel the competition without justifying or being in any way accountable for this decision. No damages or compensation may be claimed.

The contest has now concluded. For further information about the contest please email Hannah Harris or reach out via the Contact form.