Establishment of the SEA-ROAD


The SEA-ROAD was one of two OAD regional nodes formally established during the IAU General Assembly in Beijing in August 2012, and was assigned to the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT), in Chiang Mai.  The SEA-ROAD is committed to the development of astronomy is ASEAN nations, namely:

?       Union of Myanmar

?       Thailand

?       Lao People?s Democratic Republic

?       Kingdom of Cambodia

?       Socialist Republic of Vietnam

?       Malaysia

?       Republic of Singapore

?       State of Brunei Darussalam

?       Philippines

?       Republic of Indonesia.


In line with IAU policy, and in conjunction with the OAD, the SEA-ROAD is responsible for over-viewing and assisting in the development of the following areas of astronomical activity in these ten Southeast Asian nations:


1. University research and teaching (both undergraduate and graduate) in astronomy.

2. Teaching of astronomy in schools.

3. The training of teachers in astronomy.

4. Increasing astronomy awareness among the general public.


In addressing these different facets of astronomy the SEA-ROAD has in mind the Role and the Guiding Principles of the OAD, as summarised below.