Welcome to the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development



The purpose of this office is to use astronomy to make the world a better place – and thus realise the vision of the IAU Strategic Plan


The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is the largest body of professional astronomers in the world and has set up the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) in partnership with the South African National Research Foundation (NRF). The OAD was officially opened on 16th April 2011 at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Cape Town, South Africa. The first major workshop of stakeholders was held from 12 to 14 December 2011. Since then two Regional Nodes, one Language Expertise Centre and three Task Forces have been established. In 2012 the first open Call for Proposals was launched for each of the task forces: Universities and Research (TF1); Children and Schools (TF2); and Public Outreach (TF3). The funded projects for 2013 are currently under way. The call for proposals for projects to be implemented in 2014 is now closed!

To learn more about the history and activities of the OAD through the many progress reports since the ratification of the IAU Strategic Plan in August 2009 please view our reports page. You will also find links there to our quarterly newsletter which was launched in April 2013, and which you are welcome to subscribe to.

Visit the Media page for a 3 minute video overview of the OAD.