The International Astronomical Youth Camp (IAYC) is an astronomy education outreach event with more than 50 yr of history and over 1700 unique participants from 81 nationalities. The International Workshop for Astronomy e.V. is the non-profit organization behind the IAYC, established in 1979 and based in Germany. The IAYC's unprecedented longevity in a rapidly globalizing world has meant that financial inequities decreases the reach of the camp to people from the Global South compared to Global North countries. Though nationalities represented per camp has increased steadily since its inception, the share of participants from eastern Europe and Africa has dropped, while those from western Europe and North America have increased. This note examines how camp cost, location, and leadership affects nationality diversity among participants, and how astronomy outreach events must reckon with funding for less privileged participants with limited access to resources.
Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society
- Pub Date:
- June 2021
- Astronomy education;
- Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics;
- Physics - Physics Education
- 4 pages, 1 figure, included as conference proceedings in Focus on AAS 237