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About The Event

The field of astronomy education has grown significantly over the last few decades, with an increasing number of research articles having been published by a growing number of academic and practitioner groups. Despite this, there has been no regular international conference place for astronomy education researchers and practitioners around the world to convene and discuss their work in the field. Hence this meeting is intended to be the first of a regular, biennial, IAU Commission C1 Astronomy Education Conference with an aim to increase the quality, quantity, community and impact of astronomy education research and practice.

This conference aims to bring together astronomers, astronomy education researchers and education practitioners to communicate, discuss and tackle common issues. The three key topics span traditional and practical research exploring the purely theoretical to issues encountered attempting to embed research results into practical situations, usually mediated by standards, curriculum and instruction. The conference will also provide an opportunity for the community to discuss the results in astronomy education stemming from the IAU Strategic Plan 2010-2020 and discuss the requirements for meeting the next IAU Strategic Plan goals regarding astronomy education.

Scientific Organising Committee Co-Chairs
Paulo S. Bretones (Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil)
Urban Eriksson (Lund University, Kristianstad University, Sweden)
Pedro Russo (Leiden University, Netherlands)

Scientific Organising Committee
Janelle Bailey (Temple University, USA)
Ian Bearden (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Lars Lindberg Christensen (ESO, Germany)
Rosa Doran (NUCLIO – Núcleo Interactivo de Astronomia, Portugal)
Michael Fitzgerald (Edith Cowan University, Australia)
Tania Johnston (ESO, Germany)
Katrien Kolenberg (Antwerpen University, Belgium)
Nicoletta Lanciano (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Italy)
Anthony Lelliott (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
Christine Lindstrøm (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Amelia Ortiz-Gil (University of Valencia, Spain)
Mark Subbarao (IPS/ Adler Planetarium, USA)
Akihiko Tomita (Wakayama University, Japan)

Local Organising Committee
Wolfgang Vieser (ESO, Germany) – LOC Chair
Susana Almagro (ESO, Germany)
Tania Johnston (ESO, Germany)
Lars Lindberg Christensen (ESO, Germany)
Saeed Salimpour (Deakin University, Australia)

16 to 18th September, 2019
Monday to Wednesday
Garching, Munich, Germany

Astronomy Education Research

• Research & practice in Astronomy Education
• Innovations in research methodologies and instrumentation
• Surveys of the current state of astronomy education research
• Evaluating approaches for teaching and learning

Astronomy Education Standards, Curriculum and Instruction

• New trends in Astronomy Education
• Tools, Programmes and Resources in Astronomy education
• Virtual and augmented reality in teaching and learning astronomy
• Curriculum development, literacy, standards and policy
• Student research experiences in astronomy education

Primary and Secondary Teacher Education

• Designing and implementing training programmes for pre-service and in-service teachers.
• Astronomy-related research experiences for teachers and informal educators.

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Important Dates
7 June 2019
Abstract Submission Deadline
Travel Grant Application Deadline

31 May, 2019
Early-Bird Registration Deadline

22 July, 2019
Announcement of Abstracts
Announcement of Travel Grants

5 August, 2019
Standard Registration Deadline

12 August, 2019
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Early bird EUR 225
Standard Registration EUR 300
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