The formation of the North American Regional Office of Astronomy for Development
The North American Regional Office of Astronomy for Development was officially established on 29 January 2020 at a signing ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa. The event marked the formation of the eleventh Regional Office of Astronomy for Development. From left to right are seen: Deb Kaelbi (Geneva Lake Astrophysics and STEAM), Ewine van Dishoeck (President of the International Astronomical Union), Tim Spuck (Director of Education and Public Outreach, Associated Universities Inc.), Kate Meridith (Geneva Lake Astrophysics and STEAM) and Kevin Govender (Director of the Office of Astronomy for Development).
The North American Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (NA ROAD) became a reality today at a signing ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa. This milestone brings the vision of the global Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) to North America and is the OAD’s eleventh Regional Office. The OAD promotes “Astronomy for a better world”, through the sharing of resources that promote STEM advancement, education, and workforce development through the inspiration of astronomy. OAD is an office of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF).
Regional Offices work closely with the global OAD with each focusing on a particular geographic or cultural region. The NA ROAD is established by a consortium of: Adler Planetarium, Associated Universities Inc. (AUI), Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), and Geneva Lake Astrophysics and STEAM (GLAS).
“AURA has a long tradition of engaging with the public through the excitement of astronomy and is pleased to join our partners in coordinating the new North American Regional Office,” said Matt Mountain, AURA President. “This new office has great potential and will expand the reach of the IAU’s OAD. We look forward to assisting in its creation.”
As an AURA-managed organization, NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory will play an active role in the new Regional Office’s educational activities — stay tuned!
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