Outreach and Education

Andy Thomas presents to Perth school students.

Connecting with the broader community, promoting uptake and participation in science and communicating our research is an integral part of ICRAR’s work. As a hub of radio astronomy research, part of ICRAR’s role is to raise community awareness about this area of science and allow the public to participate in the lead up to large scale science projects such as the SKA.

Our team of professional science communicators, with the help of our researchers and postgraduate students, deliver many outreach and education activities throughout the year, and across the country. ICRAR uses observing events, public lectures, seminars, school visits, eNewsletters and online resources to actively reach out to the students, teachers and general public of Western Australia and beyond.

Since ICRAR's launch in September 2009, more than 60,000 people have interacted directly with ICRAR outreach programs, with tens of thousands more engaging through the distribution of educational resources and our online presence.

Any of the below astronomy activities and education opportunities can be arranged by contacting the ICRAR Outreach and Education team through education@icrar.org.

School Students

ICRAR is continuously developing and delivering a range of exciting opportunities to engage primary and secondary students in new and interesting ways to learn, interact and understand astronomy and science. Such opportunities include:

Teachers

ICRAR also plays an important role in supporting teachers and students with astronomy-related learning materials, resources and activities. These include:

  • School incursions and excursions.
  • Professional development workshops and opportunities.
  • Special events (Astrofest, exhibitions, lectures and open days).
  • Educational resources (written, web-based and interactive). These can be accessed at our resources page.

General public

Radio astronomy is a relatively new arm of science in which Australia has long played an important role. To raise the general public’s awareness and understanding of this leading edge realm of science ICRAR develops and delivers many events and opportunities for the community at large to participate in, including:

  • The annual Astrofest in Perth, Australia's biggest astronomy festival.
  • TheSkyNet citizen science project.
  • Hosting public lectures and events by notable scientists and astronauts. (See our upcoming events listing).
  • Public observing events.
  • Art exhibitions, such as Ilgarijiri.

Tertiary Education

A significant part of ICRAR's mission is to train the next generation of astronomers, astronomy engineers and computing specialists that will make future research possible. As part of that, ICRAR has a strong undergraduate and postgraduate tertiary education program based at our two joint venture partners, Curtin University and The University of Western Australia. The program includes:

  • Scholarships.
  • Summer Studentship program for Australian and New Zealand undergraduate students.
  • Joint classes between both of ICRAR's nodes at the honours level.
  • Specialised courses high performance computing for astronomy.
  • Pre-doctoral studentships for students interested in commencing a PhD with ICRAR.
All the details of our tertiary education programs are available in our Undergraduate and Postgraduate sections.

The educational community

By contributing and collaborating with organisations and entities with common educational and outreach objectives, ICRAR supports existing projects and participates in new programs and initiatives that aim to bring about exciting opportunities throughout the educational community.

To this end, and through relationships with Scitech, Spice, the Astronomy WA initiative and the CSIRO’s Australia Telescope National Facility, ICRAR is continuing to develop strong relationships throughout the State, country and beyond.

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