IAU General Assembly (GA) takes place every three years and lasts for ten days.
This event is a unique opportunity for astronomers working in all fields of astronomy to come together. In addition to the core administrative meetings, the General Assembly also includes a scientific programme. This usually comprises two series of three Symposia each lasting for half a week, and scheduled during the first and second weeks, respectively. Fifteen to twenty Joint Discussions are also held, with up to five topics running in parallel. Special Sessions on specialized and timely topics are also organized.
The American Astronomical Society is honored to be the host organization on behalf of the US astronomy community and the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy for the XXIXth General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union.
About American Astronomical Society (AAS):
Established in 1899, AAS is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America. The membership (~8,000) also includes physicists, mathematicians, geologists, engineers and others whose research interests lie within the broad spectrum of subjects now comprising contemporary astronomy. The mission of the American Astronomical Society is to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the Universe.
About the IAU:
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) was founded in 1919. Its mission is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects through international cooperation. Its individual members — structured in Divisions,Commissions, and Working groups — are professional astronomers from all over the world, at the Ph.D. level and beyond, and active in professional research and education in astronomy. The IAU has 10600 Individual Members in 94 countries worldwide. Of those 73 are National Members. In addition, the IAU collaborates with various scientific organizations all over the world.