A1. Voting on the IAU’s Strategy for the Next 10 Years

IAUHow will the IAU focus its efforts in the coming decade? The “Strategic Plan 2020-2030” lays out a framework for goals and activities that will now be put to a members’ vote at the GA on Thursday.

The proposed strategic plan was developed following the 2015 GA in Honolulu, Hawai’i, with a Working Group soliciting input from the IAU’s Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO), Office for Young Astronomers (OYA), International School for Young Astronomers (ISYA), Executive Committee members and Division Presidents.

The draft plan was then distributed to National Members in October 2017, garnering over 150 comments that were incorporated to produce a revised plan, which was distributed to National Member representatives in February 2018. The final draft of the strategic plan was approved by the Executive Committee in April of this year and published on the IAU’s website in May 2018 to allow ample time for perusal prior to the upcoming vote.

The “Strategic Plan 2020-2030” is centered around the following five goals:

  1. The IAU leads the worldwide coordination of astronomy and the fostering of communication and dissemination of astronomical knowledge among professional astronomers.
  2. The IAU promotes the inclusive advancement of the field of astronomy in every country.
  3. The IAU promotes the use of astronomy as a tool for development in every country.
  4. The IAU engages the public in astronomy through access to astronomical information and communication of the science of astronomy.
  5. The IAU stimulates the use of astronomy for teaching and education at school level.

Along with approving the strategic plan, Resolution A1 further directs the Executive Committee to start preparing for how to implement it in 2019, with a partial overlap in the period 2020-2021 between the existing “Strategic Plan: Astronomy for the Developing World” and the “Strategic Plan 2020-2030”. It also directs the Committee to review how the strategic plan is being implemented at the General Assemblies held in 2024 and 2027, and to prepare a new 10-year strategic plan for 2030-2040 that will be presented for voting at the 2030 General Assembly.

Resolution A1 will be voted on in the second GA Business Meeting at 16:30-18:00 on Thursday, 30 August in Hall A. Please note that access to the venue will be restricted on Thursday due to increased security for a European Council meeting, so please allow extra time to enter the building.