WELCOME TO IYA 2009. Catherine Cesarsky ESO President of IAU. International year of Astronomy 2009. 400 years since first observation with Galileo telescope Launched by IAU at the General Assembly in Sydney (President: Franco Pacini)
President of IAU
Global celebration of astronomy:
The Universe yours to discover
In unison with UN millennium development goals
People of all ages (but particularly young people), all continents, all paths of life
Professional astronomers (+ physicists, historians…)
Science writers, journalists
Planetariums, science museums
Everybody on earth thinks, at least once, about the wonders of the sky,
shares the human wish to reach to the stars and to comprehend them,
feels part of the universe.
As many people as possible get to gaze through a telescope, be it a cheap Galileoscope aimed at the moon
astronomy’s contribution to culture,
the history of astronomy
recent successes of astronomy, future prospects
24 hours of astronomy
The portal to the universe
She is an astronomer
IAU/UNESCO Astronomy and World heritage
Galileo teacher training Programme
The Universe from the Earth, an exhibit of astronomical images
eg. Make a complete census of telescopes (optical, radio) to which public can have access.
Full of relevant talks and material, e.g.
The presentation by Pedro Russo (IYA 2009 coordinator) and Lars Lindberg Christensen (IAU PR) of the coordination activities
Shall we do even more?
We need your opinion, and, even more, your participation!
This meeting gives an exceptional chance to all of you to:
Accept or criticize current plans
Join in one or many of these activities at a local, national or global level
Take active participation in a Task force
Propose other activities
We, the IYA2009 Working Group, hope that after this meeting the national activities will rapidly take shape and that our global organization will be set on a stronger basis:
MAKE IT HAPPEN!