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National Outreach Coordinators

RAROS NATIONAL OUTREACH COORDINATORS (NOCS)

RAROS Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) is a central coordination point for activities taking place around the world. To support projects at a national level, OAO is creating a network ofRAROS National Outreach Coordinators (NOC): volunteers with extensive experience in public outreach, acting as a single point of contact for a country.

RAROS NATIONAL OUTREACH COORDINATORS (NOCS) NOMINATION GUIDELINES

1 ROLE

The primary roles of the National Outreach Coordinators (NOCs) are to (1) implement RAROS outreach initiatives at the national level, (2) disseminate information nationally and (3) bridge RAROS with local/national communities.

The National Outreach Coordinator

  • is the principal outreach national representative appointed under RAROS outreach structure
  • keeps the OAO informed of national outreach initiatives connected withRAROS
  • implements or coordinates a set of annual goals provided by RAROS OAO and develops plans for the outreach actions associated with RAROS in the country
  • can establish a National Outreach Coordination Committee (NOC Committee)
  • can nominate Deputy/Deputies NOC or Assistant(s) NOCs when necessary
  • maintains a link to the national professional astronomers, communities of amateur astronomers and outreach professionals

 

2 ELIGIBILITY

The National Outreach Coordinator

  • is expected to receive at least monthly communications from RAROS OAO and respond;
  • shall demonstrate rich knowledge and experience in astronomy outreach activities (in particular coordinating national-scale activities);
  • shall demonstrate a strong motivation to initiate astronomy activities in countries without significant astronomy activities;
  • shall have or establish a local/national network involving relevant stakeholders (e.g. professional astronomers, astronomy educators, planetariums (when applicable) and amateur astronomer communities.).
  • 3 SELECTION

For RAROS member countries, RAROS OAO International Outreach Coordinator (IOC) will appoint the NOC based on the approval or nomination from RAROS National Committee for Astronomy (NCA).

If there is no NCA for the country, then the IOC will interact with RAROS National Member (NM) for the appointment of the NOC;
If there is no reply from the NCA (nor the NM) (after a non-responsive period of three weeks), the NOC is appointed by the IOC and the decision communicated to the GS.

For non-RAROS member countries, interested candidates shall submit an application to the IOC. The information provided will be reviewed by RAROS OAO followed by a discussion with the candidates and/or relevant parties.

4 TERM
The term of the NOC will be for a maximum of three years (between twoRAROS General Assemblies);
The term can be renewed and the reappointment procedure will take place two months before the GA, following section 2 & 3;
The appointment can be terminated by RAROS OAO (with notification to the GS and the NCA/NM) if the NOC does not fulfil the role (section 1) or is continuously unresponsive (more than a 4-weeks lag in replying emails) to RAROS OAO communications.
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