‘Office for Astronomy Outreach’ is inviting outreach practitioners, parents, youth and astronomers, to contribute to its ‘2022 Women and Girls in Astronomy’ project, where little kids will participate in a ‘Draw an Astronomer contest’.
The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach invites outreach practitioners, parents, youth and astronomers, to contribute to the programme and support a number of virtual and in-person events to recognise the contributions of women and girls in astronomy.
If you are an astronomy outreach practitioner
Host your own event to celebrate women and girls in astronomy! You can host a Meet the IAU Astronomers!, organise a “girls only” stargazing night, and much more! Register your event in the Astronomy Outreach Event Calendar. We’ll promote some events on our social media.
Parent, youth or interested in learning more about women in astronomy
The IAU Executive Committee Working Group Women in Astronomy and the OAO invite kids up to the age of 12 to participate in Draw an Astronomer contest. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about astronomers? What’s their ethnicity? Their age? Where do they come from? What do they do for fun? Imagine your astronomer and send us your drawing for a chance to a telescope, courtesy of Starts Shine for Everyone. More information on how to participate here.
Meet the women and non-binary folks contributing to astronomy around the world: follow OAO social media channels to watch weekly interviews with notable women in astronomy and our IAU National Outreach Coordinators and watch videos with the women and men in astronomy.
You can also attend an event hosted or supported by one of our 130+ NOCs! We’ll be sharing their events on OAO’s Facebook and Twitter. Or join an event from the astronomy outreach community listed in the Astronomy Outreach Event Calendar.
And don’t forget to share on social media the women and girls of astronomy who inspire you with #WomenInAstronomy and #WomanInSTEM.
If you are a female-identifying or non-binary Astronomer
Help change stereotypes of what it means to be an astronomer and together build a more diverse future astronomical community. Send a short video (max 2 minutes) to Suzana Filipecki Martins introducing yourself, your career, your passions, what it means to be an astronomer and more. Videos will be shared on OAO’s social media channels as a way to encourage girls to consider careers in astronomy. More information on how to participate can be found here.
If you are a male-identifying or non-binary Astronomer
While women must continue to lead the movement for gender equality, it’s imperative to engage men to achieve gender equality. Show your support by sending a short video (max 2 minutes) to Suzana Filipecki Martins letting us know why you support gender inclusion in astronomy. More information on how to participate can be found here.
OAO will like to thank the IAU Executive Committee Working Group Women in Astronomy for their support and guidance in the Women and Girls in Astronomy Outreach Global Project.
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