Get involved

Astronomy touches upon so many aspects of our lives, many of them are not necessarily known, like the cultural impact of beautiful astronomical images, the technology derived from astronomical facilities and discoveries, and more. But this is a two-way street. It means Astronomy can benefit from YOU – whatever your contribution.

Astronomy is a quest of the human mind – and every human mind can therefore contribute. Are you a creative, are you an artisan, an academic, a teacher, a carer, a specialist in surviving unemployment(*)? And are you willing to lend us your mind? Then please sign up below, we would be thrilled to have you on board and see how we can create something together on the occasion of the global astronomy community going to Africa in 2024.

Here are some typical ideas of how you can get involved in the IAU GA 2024, but we are eager to innovate, to engage with new people who can bring us fresh perspectives and ideas.

  • If you are an African Astronomer, become an IAU GA Ambassador – Get in touch!
  • You can propose scientific symposia or focus meetings for the General Assembly. Information on this will be available soon. In the meantime, you can check the IAU’s Scientific Meetings rules and regulations
  • You can take part in outreach activities – Get in touch!
  • You can assist the Local Organising Committee, we have plenty to do. Get in touch!
  • You can sponsor the meeting. More information on sponsorship opportunities will be available soon, but in the meantime, you can get in touch.
  • You can sponsor students. 2024 is around the corner but students in 2021 will be researchers in 2024, and you can contribute to the growing astronomy community in Africa. To do so, get in touch!

If you are interested in astronomy and are keen celebrate the human relationship with the sky, we’re open to hear you:

(*) This last expression needs to be credit to Marlon Parker, the founder of RLabs, who explained beautifully that people who are unemployed are the biggest experts on unemployment. Beyond the cool statement, this is a testament to flipping perspectives and the history of RLabs over the years is proof of the power of flipping over dominant perspectives.