08.01.2010 -

The IYA 2009: Closing Ceremony

9 - 10 January 2010, Padova, Italy

Astronomy, being the oldest science, introduces mathematics and physics, and involves other sciences such as chemistry, biology and geology, as well as engineering.

UNESCO shares the view that astronomy fosters a modern concept of science and can reinforce the link between science education and science careers.

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 was celebrated to commemorate the 400 years of the first use of a telescope by Galileo Galileo, an Italian mathematician, physicist, scientist, astronomer.

Galileo Galilei taught for 17 years at the University of Padova, and have changed man’s perception of the world and to discuss the way forward. Since that first vision of the craters of the Moon by Galileo, numerous studies and discoveries have taken place, inspiring humankind to learn more about the origins of the Universe. These discoveries are making and will continue to make a profound effect to technological development and to social and economic evolution of society, and yet non-scientists, in particular, the general public, are not fully aware of these contributions.

IYA2009 was launched by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and UNESCO under the theme “The Universe, Yours to Discover”. Abundant in grass-roots initiatives and global projects, this venture has been highly visible and its impact will last for years. As from today, astronomers from around the world have gathered in Padova, Italy for the two-day official conclusion of IYA2009. Reflecting on the events of the past year is on the agenda, and there is no shortage of success stories to tell.

The International Year of Astronomy had presented an opportunity to make science closer to the people and through activities carried out during the Year, the general public had the chance to reflect and appreciate the wonders of the universe and realize the societal benefits resulting from research and studies of the universe and their link to and impact on our daily lives. The Year has also demonstrated the importance of international collaboration and cooperation, but more importantly, it has shown the vital link between science and culture and the importance of science and science education.

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