IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD)

iau_wbA key component of the IAU Strategic Plan “Astronomy for Development” is an ambitious blueprint for expanding astronomy development programs over the next decade. The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) coordinates the many existing and planned IAU activities in the areas of education, sustainable global development and capacity building.


Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP)

gttp_logoThe goal of the Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP) is to train teachers in the effective use and transfer of astronomy tools and existing resources freely available on the internet, into classroom science curricula. Through workshops, online training tools and basic education kits, the pro­ducts and techniques developed by this programme can be adapted to reach locations with few resources.



Universe Awareness (UNAWE)

unaweUniverse Awareness (UNAWE) uses the beauty and grandeur of the Universe to encourage young children (between 4 and 10 years old), particularly those from an underprivileged background, to develop an interest in science and technology. The programme also aims to use the cultural aspects of astronomy to foster a child’s sense of global citizenship from the earliest age.



  • Integrating Science of Oceans, Physics and Education (iSCOPE)
  • Global Science Opera Initiative
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • EA
  • Education Continuum Organisation NFP
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