Official logo of the International Year of Light 2015 (vertical).The International Astronomical Union(IAU) Executive Committee Working Group on the International Year of Light (IYL) solicits your proposals for astronomy programs in support of IYL themes. The IYL was initiated by the European Physical Society with strong support from the Optics and Photonics industries. It has received the endorsement of UNESCO and the UN (as was the case for the International Year of Astronomy, IYA2009), with events being planned throughout 2015. The astronomy community has been invited to participate through the IAU with a highlighted topic ‘Cosmic Light’; the IAU has authority to endorse astronomy-related programs as official components of the IYL. For now, further information can be found at the EPS website,

Call for Proposals and Application Form




  Women have had an important role in the development of Astronomy.  We can remember Hypatia, Joselyn Bell, Cecilia Payne, Annie Cannon, Henrietta Leavitt of course, but  many other astronomers not as recognized have contributed to the  advance of the discipline.
This space, which will grow with contributions from everyone, begins with some recent contributions of colleagues who speak of not very distant in time events and sharing problems that should not exist in the XXI Century, relating to women working in science, but who also have great achievements.

We share here some contributions on the subject:



Education et Développement de l’Astronomie
Educación y desarrollo de la Astronomía

mosaico-final3b_modCommission 46 is a Commission within Division C  of the IAU. This Commission seeks to further the development and improvement of astronomical education at all levels throughout the world through various projects initiated, maintained, and to be developed by the Commission and by disseminating information concerning astronomy education.

Commission 46 has a new role following the creation of the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) in 2011. Some ideas about this are in the document  “On the future of C46″ by President Jean-Pierre de Greve.
If you are a member of the IAU, and have an interest in astronomy education, you should join Commission 46 by emailing the C46 President Jean-Pierre de Greve at  We present on this website the various activities (Program Groups, PGs) that you could become involved in.
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