Press Conference: International Year of AStronomy 2009 Highlights and Achievements

Press Release From: International Astronomical Union
Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 will host a press conference during the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (JENAM 2009) taking place at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. The press conference is scheduled for the morning of Thursday 23 April 2009 at 11:00 BST/12:00 CEST in the Press Office.

This press conference will highlight the principal achievements of the celebration and the upcoming events and activities.

The topics and panelists are:
* IYA2009: Global Project, achievements and upcoming events: Pedro Russo
* IYA2009 in the UK: Ian Robson
* She is an Astronomer: IYA2009 Cornerstone Project: Helen Walker
* Portal to the Universe: IYA2009 Cornerstone Project: Lars Lindberg Christensen

Media registration for JENAM 2009 is free of charge -- any bona fide media delegates can pre-register online using the form at (advance registration is not essential but encouraged).


The vision of the IYA2009 ( is to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day and night-time skies, appreciate the impact of astronomy and basic sciences on our daily lives, and understand better how scientific knowledge can contribute to a more equitable and peaceful society.

The aim of the IYA2009 is to stimulate worldwide interest, especially among young people, in astronomy and science under the central theme‚”The Universe, Yours to Discover”. IYA2009 events and activities will promote a greater appreciation of the inspirational aspects of astronomy that embody an invaluable shared resource for all countries.

The IYA2009 activities are taking place at the global and regional levels, and especially at the national and local levels. National Nodes in each state have been formed to prepare activities for 2009. These Nodes establish collaborations between professional and amateur astronomers, science centers, educators and science communicators in preparing activities for 2009. The International Year of Astronomy was proclaimed by the United Nations on 20 December 2007.

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