Happy International Year of Astronomy!
Guest post by regular reader Susan K:
2009 has been designated the “International Year of Astronomy.” The vision of the International Year of Astronomy is to help people rediscover their place in the Universe through the sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery. IYA2009 activities will take place locally, regionally, and nationally. More than 90 countries are already involved and there is an expectation that more than 140 countries will participate. Among the planned activities are a series of “cornerstone projects”.
The web site for general information on these cornerstone projects and other activities and events is: www.astronomy2009.org
One of the cornerstone projects is “She is an Astronomer”. From the web site:
Promoting gender equality and empowering women is one of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. She Is An Astronomer will promote gender equality in astronomy (and science in general), tackling bias issues by providing a web platform where information and links about gender balance and related resources are collected.
The aim of the project is to provide neutral, informative and accessible information to female professional and amateur astronomers, students, and those who are interested in the gender equality problem in science. We believe that providing this information will help increase the interest of young females to study and pursue a career in astronomy.
An objective of the project is to build and maintain an internet based, easy-to-handle forum and database, where people regardless of geographical location can read about the subject, ask questions and find answers. There will also be the option to discuss astronomy sector specific problems, such as observing times and family duties.
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