OYA Office for Young Astronomers

Office for Young Astronomers Meeting

Open for contributions


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)

You can find out more about the OYA here: https://www.iau.org/training/office_for_young_astronomers/