Japan, along with most of the Asia-Pacific region, will miss out on next week’s transit of Mercury. The country will, however, be hosting an International Astronomical Union (IAU) symposium on “Astronomy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion — a roadmap to action within the framework of the IAU 100th Anniversary”.
The event will be held over four days at the Mitaka campus of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan in Tokyo. The keynote speakers are:
- Jarita Holbrook (University of the Western Cape, South Africa) — “Using Cultural Astronomy to Create a More Inclusive Astronomy”
- Santiago Vargas (National University of Colombia) — “The need for reinforcing the implementation of inclusion and diversity strategies as ordinary actions towards the social and scientific development of our society”
- Jeff Cooke (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia) — “The Deeper, Wider, Faster program: A platform for collaborative science, inclusion advancement, and STEM promotion to the general public”
- Yuko Motizuki (Saitama University, Japan) — “Women in Astronomy: A view from a gender-imbalanced country”
I’ll be reporting on the conference, including the Inspiring Stars Exhibition on day 2, which will feature works from around the world that address the concept of “inclusion”.