IAU Offices Institutional Meetings are organised by each of the IAU Offices.

OAD Office of Astronomy for Development

The OAD will organise several sessions on astronomy-for-development at the IAU GA.

Key topics

1) OAD Programs/Flagships

2) Global structure in astronomy-for-development – OAD’s Regional Offices

3) OAD Projects

4) Interdisciplinary imperatives: synergies between natural and social sciences for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

5) Synergies between IAU structures

More information: https://www.astro4dev.org/oad-session-at-iau-general-assembly-2024/

OAO Office for Astronomy Outreach

Key topics

1) 10 Years of the NOCs

We invite our National Outreach Coordinators to discuss their work and their time as part of the NOCs network in celebration of its 10-year anniversary. In particular, NOCs who have served more than one term and/or those who have participated in the NOCs Funding Scheme are encouraged to submit an abstract.

2) Amateur Astronomy and Astronomy Communication

We encourage talks that highlight collaborations in astronomy outreach and communication, including professional-amateur relations, citizen science, or international collaborations. We hope that you will use this opportunity to showcase your work and invite others to join your initiatives.

3) Innovations in Astronomy Communication

We welcome submissions from the IAU community to discuss case studies or best practices based on innovative outreach activities that they have used or developed. This might include curating a mobile museum, developing activities based on cultural astronomy, using new technology to communicate astronomy (e.g., AR, VR, AI, etc.), building accessible and inclusive outreach activities, and more.

More information: https://www.iau.org/public/oao/gacapetown2024/

OYA Office for Young Astronomers


The OYA has as its main program the International Schools for Young Astronomers (ISYA), started in 1967 by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), and nowadays also co-sponsored by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. It organizes three-week intensive graduate schools in
parts of the world where students have less opportunity to be directly exposed to the full extent of up-to-date astrophysics. We will have an office meeting that analyzes key aspects of the Career Development of early career scientists around the world and the impact of ISYA on their careers.


a) Career Development challenges for graduate students nowadays
b) Job Searches / School Searches for early career scientists
c) Work Ethics
d) Learnings from a 55-yr long history of International Schools for Young Astronomers
e) Impact of ISYA in the regional growth of Astronomy around the world
f) Interaction between ISYAs and other regional and world-wide specialized schools
g) Initiatives to make a stronger ISYA program


Itziar Aretxaga (INAOE, Mexico, co-chair)
David Mota (Univ. Oslo, Norway, co-chair)
Michele Gerbaldi (IAP, France)
Edward Guinan (Univ. Villanova, USA)
Per B. Lilje (Univ. Oslo, Norway)

More information: https://www.iau.org/training/office_for_young_astronomers/

OAE Office of Astronomy for Education

  • OAE Sessions – 7th of August
    • The OAE’s Centers and Nodes – looking to feature the Centers and Nodes and their activities, interests or primary focus
    • National Astronomy Education Coordinators (NAECs) – featuring talks on Astronomy Education from our global network
    • Astronomy Teacher Training Around the World – Join us in collaboratively refining the OAE professional standards for teacher training workshops
  • During the second week
    • Take part in our education translation hack day
  • During the full conference
    • Come and chat with us at the IAU Office’s booth

More information: https://astro4edu.org/GA2024/

CPS Centre for the Protection of the Dark and Quiet Sky from Satellite Constellation Interference

The 3 sessions on August 7 will invite a dialogue on the impact of satellite constellations on astronomy with respect to national and international policy and regulations, mitigation software and observations, industry and technical aspects, and community engagement of all stakeholders.
More information: https://cps.iau.org

Executive Committee Working Group on Dark and Quiet Sky Protection (WG6)

The 3 sessions on August 15 will invite a dialogue on the impact of ground-based light pollution and radio interference related to observatory site protection and everything therein. As a precautionary measure with an eye to future developments, lunar site protection will also be discussed.

Contact: connie.walker@noirlab.edu