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SGAC IYA2009 Essay Competition

Posted on: December 17, 2008


The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is a global effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day- and night-time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery.

SGAC is pleased to announce an essay competition.

“What does astronomy bring to civil society?”

We are looking for Young Astronomers who can express their feelings in a creative way. 2 first prize will be invited to Paris to participate “Launch Conference of the International Year of Astronomy” between 14-18 Jan 2009. Accommodation and travel will be covered by UNESCO and IYA French National Committee.

Submission Procedures , Timeline and Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

* Authors should be between 18-23 years old


  1. Essays can be a maximum of 1500 words. In addition, an abstract of a maximum of 200 words is required and should be included with the submission.
  2. Essays must be submitted in English. No high level spell check needed for authors whose first language is not English.
  3. Essays must be typed on Times New Roman 11 and double-spaced and should be delivered in .doc or .pdf format.
  4. Essays should be in a form readily publishable without extensive footnotes.

The selection committie will be guided by the following criteria:

  • Inspiration on Astronomy
  • Innovation & originality
  • Relevance to IYA2009
  • Quality on writing style and structure


Essays should be delivered by e-mail to 12 December 2008, 17:00 GMT.

Clear Skies….

Halit & Bee
SGAC IYA09 Co-Liaisons

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So, let’s take a part.

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