Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union

Contributed Papers

Educational aspects of cosmology Global Cosmology Teachers Academy

George F. Smoota1a2a3

a1 Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Astrophysics Group, MS 50-5005, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

a2 Institute for the Early Universe, Ewha Womans University, 11-1 Daehyun-Dong Seodaemun-Gu, Seoul 120-750, Korea

a3 Laboratoire Astroparticules et Cosmologie, Université Paris Diderot–Paris 7, Bâtiment Condorcet, Case 7020, 75205 Paris Cedex 13, France email:


This IAU–UNESCO Symposium 260 ‘The role of Astronomy in Society and Culture’ celebrates the 400th anniversary of the beginning of modern astronomy marked by when Galileo turned a telescope to the sky making so many astounding discoveries that changed our perceived position in the solar system. This talk celebrates that cosmology has entered this era in an even deeper and profound discoveries that have changed our perception of the universe and our place in it. As such cosmology is a great interest and educational tool for capturing the attention of the young and broadening their perspective. The first portion of the talk outlines and reveals some of these observations and the second with examples and vision of how this can provide an encompassing storyline for STEM learning. This proceedings also emphasizes the key role that partnerships including the private sector are valuable, critical, and rewarding part of the effort.


  • Science education;
  • STEM learning