The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development regional officers

Dear Colleagues
It gives me a great pleasure to write this E-mail message to inform you that the IAU inauguration of AR OAD Regional office in Jordan will be held in Amman-Jordan in the period of 2-3 Dec

The task force on Astronomy for Children and Schools (TF2) drives activities related to using astronomy to inspire the very young and stimulate education, especially in Mathematics and Science. This task force looks at introducing astronomy in schools where there is little or no astronomy, and ensuring that the subject is used to positively influence the level of education development. Programmes for very young children, in the early childhood development stage, also falls within this task force. Examples of activities are educator training workshops; developing classroom resources; astronomy clubs in schools; etc. 

The task force on Astronomy for the Public (Task Force 3) drives activities related to communicating astronomy with the public. This task force uses astronomy to inspire members of the public with the beauty and scale of the universe, while satisfying a deep cultural attachment that almost all societies have with astronomical objects. With the incredible success of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, and the very significant contribution by the amateur astronomy community, this task force has a very strong foundation to build on. Examples of activities are stargazing sessions; public lectures; creation and support of amateur astronomy clubs; etc. 

The task force on Astronomy for Universities & Research (TF1) drives activities related to astronomy at universities. It uses astronomy to stimulate research in other areas and develop the field in places where there is little or no astronomy. The study of astronomy stimulates research and development activities through the need for inter-disciplinary research as well as the development of observational technology. There is also potential for developing research in the historical and cultural aspects of astronomy which may prove important for stimulating an interest in the subject in communities where there is no established interest in the science.