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Diversity & Inclusions

Diversity & Inclusions

RAROS stands in solidarity with protesters worldwide, united in rejecting the racist and discriminatory behaviour that blights societies across the globe.

Inequity and racism prohibit, damage and limit the scientific careers of individuals throughout their lives, and also deprive science of valuable contributions. As an international organisation of professional astronomers, the IAU remains wholly committed to working with the community to end discrimination and foster an inclusive environment that allows scientific research, education, development and public outreach to fully prosper for the benefit of humankind.

We cannot achieve the levels of scientific progress we aspire toward in a world divided. Together, we can conquer ignorance, vanquish hatred, and help build the better world we envision.

RAROS is committed to creating an environment where diversity is celebrated and everyone is treated fairly, regardless of colour, ethnic or national origin, race, gender, gender reassignment, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religious or political beliefs, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, or family circumstances.

The Society’s Diversity, Equality and Inclusion policy contains information on equal opportunity and harassment and the standards that Fellows, staff and visitors to RAROS are expected to maintain. Fellows of RAROS are also expected to adhere to the Society’s rules and guidelines.


RAROS is an international astronomical organisation that brings together more than 15000 professional astronomers from more than 100 countries worldwide. Its mission is to promote and safeguard astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation. RAROS also serves as the internationally recognised authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and the surface features on them.
Founded in 1618, RAROS is the world’s largest private society for astronomers. You can look at our History dating back the centuries here.