Go Home with Goodies from the Exhibition

With 49 exhibitors at the XXX IAU General Assembly, you can spend hours going from booth to booth learning about all the space agencies, observatories, telescopes, publishers, instrument companies, laboratories, and more.

To our delight, not all exhibitors read the small print requesting that they not bring giveaways to comply with the Austrian Green Meeting guidelines. So, along with a glorious array of handouts, we found plenty of other goodies to bring home from the Exhibition.

Carry it all

Along with the conference messenger bag provided by the IAU with your registration, you can pick up tote bags at booths for the European Space Agency (ESA) (Booth 0-14), Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTA) (0-19) and National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) (0-20). You can also find a padded computer cable pouch at Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) (0-25).

Write it down

Take notes on all the amazing things you’re learning by picking up pens and notebooks! You’ll find a University of Vienna grid notepad and biodegradable pen in your conference bag. You can also find a multicolour pen at the NAOJ booth (0-20); retractable ballpoint pens at the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) (0-06; not pictured), Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) (0-09; not pictured), México (0-10), the CTAO (0-19; not pictured), Oxford University Press (OUP) (1-11), Elsevier (1-21) and Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A) (0-47); and a gravity-operated pen/stylus at Officina Stellare (1-38). You can even highlight your notes with a tri-sided highlighter also from  IVOA (0-06; not pictured).

Jot a quit note on star-shaped note paper at the KASI booth (0-09; not pictured) or on rectangular pads from A&A (0-47). For longer thoughts, pick up bound notebooks from various National Science Foundation (NSF) projects (0-05, 0-18, 0-22 and 0-29) or a flip pad from OUP (1-11).

Send it home

Share the great times you’re having in Vienna with postcards! The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) (0-26) and Australian Astronomy (0-17) have holographic ones. Also check out the offerings from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) (0-24), the Australian National University (ANU) (0-45), Royal Society Publishing (1-13) and the IAU 100th Exhibition (Level 1 foyer). Small informational cards at México (0-10), the CTAO (0-19), Green Bank Observatory (GBO) (0-29) and the IAU (0-40) can also be used as postcards as long as you keep your message brief.

Stick it on

Stickers make the world go round. Share your love of astronomy with stickers from the European Solar Telescope (0-04), IVOA (0-06; not pictured), ESA (0-14), the CTAO (0-19; not pictured), ESO (0-24), the IAU (0-40), the Chandra X-ray Observatory (CXO) (0-43; not pictured), the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) (0-44) and QHYCCD (1-07).

Wear with pride

Poke around the ESA (0-14) and ESO (0-24) tables to pick up a matched set of lapel pins of upcoming space telescopes or to collect a Spitzer pin. Pick out the stylish pin corresponding to your research subject area at IOP Publishing, home of the American Astronomical Society’s journals (1-35). You can also find a lovely pin at the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) table (0-25).

Need something to pin all those pins on? Astronomy & Astrophysics (0-47) is giving away T-shirts celebrating the journal’s 50th anniversary.

Travel with ease

Forgot your travel adapter at home? No worries, Frontiers (1-30) has you covered with a multi-purpose travel adapter suitable for use in Australia, North America, Europe or the United Kingdom.

Grab baggage tags at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) (0-05) and Elsevier (1-21) booths to make sure your luggage makes it home safe and sound.

Upgrade your tech

Pick up a mouse pad or lint-free cleaning cloth from the IVOA (0-06) and a USB memory stick from KiwiStar Optics (1-28). We also picked up another mouse pad and memory stick by taking a chance at KASI (0-09) and IOP Publishing (1-35).


Build at home

Create your own paper models of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) at the Deutsches SOFIA Institut (DSI) (0-01) or of the CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) space telescope at ESA (0-14).

Hold your place

Keep track of your reading with a bundle of astronomical bookmarks from QHYCCD (1-07), or grip that page firmly with a magnetic bookmark from the IVOA (0-06). If you’ve got a scrap of paper, stick it to the fridge with a magnet from the CTAO (0-19).

Spruce up your keychain

The Chinese Astronomical Society (CAS) (0-23) has adorable kawaii-style keychain tributes to their observatory, while QHYCCD (1-07) has a keychain begging for you to idly spin it instead of jangling your keys.

Keep calm & comfortable

Stay cool with astronomy fans from KASI (0-09). If your lips are drying out, head to Elsevier (1-21) for chapstick.

Drink it down

Collect a reusable cup courtesy of Motto Catering at any of the beverage stations, then keep it from leaving rings on your furniture with a coaster from KiwiStar Optics (1-28). You can also pick up foldable water bottle at IAU (0-40; not pictured).

Follow the trend

Grab a fidget spinner if you’re feeling antsy or add a pop-out collapsible grip to your phone by visiting the NRAO booth (0-05).

Take a chance

Ready for something unpredictable? Stop by Korean Astronomical Society (0-08) to draw a ticket for a Korean travel bag, mouse pad, or T-shirt. Spin the wheel at IOP Publishing (1-35) for sunglasses, a USB memory stick, or a piece of candy.

Snack on sweets

Too many exhibitors to name are offering sweet treats for your nibbling pleasure, often imported from their home country. While they aren’t offering free samples, be sure to check out Kepler-Planeten Confiserie (1-37) to buy some planetary and exoplanetary chocolates.

Gaze in awe

It’s easy to stumble across gorgeous space posters at the Exhibition. Check out many, many exhibitors for easy-to-pack page-sized posters, or head to ESO (0-24; not pictured) to roll up a larger wall poster.

Did we miss anything? What’s your favourite? Tell us on Twitter using the conference hashtag #IAU2018.