International astronomy group hosts general assembly in Hawaii

International astronomy group hosts general assembly in Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The International Astronomical Union (IAU) will hold its 2015 General Assembly from Aug. 3-14 at the Hawai'i Convention Center on O'ahu. The triennial conference will welcome more than 2,500 astronomers from 75 countries around the globe, marking the first time the event will be held in the state of Hawai'i.

The IAU General Assembly is expected to generate an economic impact for the State of Hawai'i of more than $20 million in tax revenue. In addition, it is anticipated that many conference attendees will extend their time in the Hawaiian Islands for vacation, further enhancing the General Assembly's economic impact on the state's visitor industry.

The 2015 IAU XXIX General Assembly is being hosted by the American Astronomical Society, North America's major organization of professional astronomers, which the State of Hawai'i successfully partnered with in 2009 to win Hawai'i the bid to be host site. This will be the first time the General Assembly is held in the United States since 1988. The 11-day event is also expected to be one of the largest professional astronomy conferences in IAU's history

"The IAU is delighted to bring our triennial General Assembly to the state of Hawai'i, a place that is truly special in the astronomical community as one of the foremost sites for astronomical research in the world," said Thierry Montmerle, general secretary of the International Astronomical Union. "We look forward to introducing thousands of astronomers to these beautiful islands and their cultural traditions while showcasing Hawai'i as a key location for world-class science."

Having the IAU General Assembly conduct its business in Hawai'i reinforces the State of Hawai'i's standing as a premier host destination for meetings drawing attendees from around the world. The business generated by meetings, conventions and incentive groups is key to the state's tourism mix, supplementing an already robust leisure market in support of a healthy visitor industry, Hawai'i's No. 1 economic driver.

General Assembly participants will address key topics in contemporary astronomy and assess recent scientific progress in a number of specialized areas. As a result of the event, the IAU expects an exciting exchange of scientific knowledge and international collaboration, as well as important advancements for the astronomical community and communities beyond.

The conference will also offer several Hawai'i community events, which will be free and open to the public. Highlights include stargazing parties, public astronomy talks at the Hawai'i Convention Center, the ExoWorld Ceremony and Public Talk, and more.  Tickets and registration are required for certain events as seating is limited.

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