Astronomy for Development Receives Prestigious Edinburgh Medal
30 March 2016: The 2016 Edinburgh Medal will be jointly awarded to Kevin Govender from the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) and the International Astronomical Union (IAU). This prestigious medal is given in recognition of their wide reaching contribution to science and will be presented during the 2016 Edinburgh International Science Festival on 30 March. The medal celebrates the creation and practical establishment of the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development, hosted at the South African Astronomical Observatory and led by Kevin Govender and the International Astronomical Union. Previous medal winners include four Nobel Prize laureates. This is only the second time that the Edinburgh Medal has been jointly awarded to an individual and an organisation; in 2013 Professor Peter Higgs and CERN received the medal.
Launch of Space Scoop: Astronomy News Portal For Kids in 22 Languages
16 December 2015:
Universe Awareness Named a 2015 WISE Awards Finalist Project
4 May 2015: Universe Awareness is one of fifteen projects chosen by WISE for providing compelling and innovative solutions to today’s most pressing challenges in education
Leiden Astronomy Educational Project Awarded Grant of 2 Million Euros from European Union
9 December 2014:
Universe in a Box: Inspiring every child with our wonderful Cosmos
9 May 2014: Leiden University’s Universe Awareness educational programme has launched an innovative Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign this week at the 13th International Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST 2014) in Brazil. The campaign will support the efforts of Universe Awareness to share the educational toolkit, Universe in a Box, with underprivileged communities around the world.
Launch of astroEDU: Peer-reviewed Open-access Astronomy Education Activities Platform
29 November 2013:
Media Invitation for the Symposium Astronomy, Radio Sources and Society
27 May 2013: Leiden Observatory is hosting the Astronomy, Radio Sources and Society, The Wonderful Century symposium on 10-13 June 2013. The event will bring together some of today's top research astronomers, science, policy makers, science communicators and educators and members of the media to discuss several topics on astronomy, radio sources and society and celebrate Professor George Miley’s achievements in the different domains of astronomy.
Transit of Venus Brings Astronomy to Timor-Leste for the First Time
31 May 2012:
Prominent Parliamentarians Open EU-UNAWE International Workshop
26 March 2012: Chairs and coordinators of committees from parliaments of Europe, South Africa and the Netherlands spoke during the opening of a workshop on “Astronomy to Inspire and Educate Young Children” at Leiden University in the Netherlands. The workshop brings together experts in astronomy education, teachers, astronomers, politicians, artists, diplomats and members of the EU Universe Awareness global network.
Universe Awareness and Deadly Moons Honoured with Prestigious Education Award
25 August 2011:
Educational Astronomy Project Awarded Grant of 1.9 Million Euros
8 February 2011: The European Union (EU) has granted 1.9 million euros to support the 6-country educational programme EUNAWE, based on Universe Awareness (UNAWE). UNAWE is, an IAU-endorsed programme that uses the beauty and grandeur of the Universe to encourage young children, particularly those from an underprivileged background, to have an interest in science and technology and foster their sense of global citizenship from the earliest age. Although UNAWE was only founded five years ago, it is already active in 40 countries and comprises a global network of almost 500 astronomers, teachers and other educators.
Inspiring very young children with the beautiful Universe
24 August 2006: A new educational initiative in astronomy was officially launched at a press briefing at the General Assembly on Tuesday. Universe Awareness (UNAWE) is an international project that will expose underprivileged young children, aged between 4 and 10 years, to the inspirational aspects of astronomy. The team overseeing the development of UNAWE has representatives from 15 countries on 5 continents.