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ASTRONOMY

The International Astronomical Union
Strategic Plan 2010-20

The development of Astronomy education varies widely between countries, and the focus of the Strategic Plan is to encourage development in those regions where it lags behind other parts of the world. The Plan recognises that all the ages and levels need to be targetted: Primary School, Secondary School, University, Postgraduate Research, and The General Public. The International Astronomical Union Strategic Plan 2010-2020 shows how Astronomy links into a wide range of subjects, which can be grouped into three broad areas: Culture and Society, Technology and Skills and Science and Research.



CULTURE AND SOCIETY


ANTHROPOLOGY

Ancient Civilisations,
Our Roots


PERSPECTIVE - IMMENSITY OF UNIVERSE
Tolerance and
Global Citizenship


HISTORY

Evolution of Universe,
Our Roots


INSPIRATION
Careers in Science
and Technology

TECHNOLOGY AND SKILLS


OPTICS
High Precision
Adaptive Optics



COMPUTERS
Fastest Hardware,
Complex Software


ELECTRONICS
Most Sensitive Detectors,
Fastest Clocks


SPACE
Satellites,
Miniaturization,
Precision

SCIENCE AND RESEARCH


MATHEMATICS
Abstract
Thought


BIOLOGY
Building Blocks
of Life


CHEMISTRY
Producing
Organic Molecules


PHYSICS
Laboratory of Extremes
Making Heavy Elements


ASTRONOMY IS INSPIRATIONAL

  • Students can participate in important international astronomical research projects via the internet.
  • Space Science can inspire interest in Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Technology, Engineering and IT.
  • Astronomy can be approached from different perspectives and appreciated at different ages and levels.
  • The exciting thing about astronomy is that new discoveries are continually being made.
  • Space Science has resulted in many spin-offs, benefitting us in everyday life.
  • Yesterday's knowledge is changed by today's discoveries.
  • At the simplest level astronomy is accessible to all.
  • It reminds us that all mankind shares one home.







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