Organizing Committee (OC)

The OC is charged with the high-level planning and coordination of the activities of the  C.C1 and is integrated by:

–  the past and present  President and the Vice-President of C.C1.
–  other members of the Commission up to a total of 5

The OC reports to the Commission and to the General Secretary through the Commission President. The Commission President may delegate specific duties to the Commission Vice President(s). If the President of CC1 for any reason becomes unable to fulfill his/her duties in a timely manner, the Vice President(s) is(are) responsible for conducting the business of the OC.

Triennial nominations: At an appropriate time before each General Assembly, the Commission President (or designated Vice President), in consultation with the OC, shall prepare a slate of officers and members of the OC, and consultant members who will be willing to serve for the next term and present this list to the EC for appointment at the time of the General Assembly.

At the end of a three-year term, the President is normally succeeded by one of the Vice-Presidents. An individual may serve up to two consecutive terms as Vice-President. President and Vice-President(s) should be from different countries.

Under the responsibility of the OC are the following items:

– Monitor the progress of ongoing activities and make appropriate adjustments if necessary.
–  Appoint the Working Groups for the individual activities and accept new WG.
– Monitor the progress of ongoing activities and revise their budgets if necessary.
– Submit brief, informal quarterly reports to the GS and a summary report to the GS before the annual EC meetings on the progress of its activities
– Prepare a summary report on its activities over the triennium for the Reports on Astronomy
– Approve the inclusion of Associated IAU members.

  • OFFICERS (2018-2021)
Paulo Bretones (Brazil)
Vice-President: Boonrucksar Soonthornthum (Thailand)
Past President: Beatriz García (Argentina)


  • OFFICERS (2015-2018)
Beatriz García (Argentina)
Vice-President: Paulo Bretones (Brasil)
Retiring President: Jean-Pierre de Greve (Belgium)
Kathy Eastwood
Cris Impey USA
Nicoletta Lanciano
Rosa Doran
Margarita Metaxa
Kathy Eastwood (Secretary) USA
Jean Pierre de Greve  Belgium
Amelia Ortiz  Spain
Chris Impey  USA
Nicoletta Lanciano  Italy


  • Pass-Presidents List
Year Name Country
2015 – 2018 Beatriz García Argentina
2012 – 2015 Jean-Pierre de Greve Belgium
2009 – 2012 Rosa Ros Spain
2006 – 2009 Magda Stavinschi Romania
2003 – 2006 Jay Pasachoff USA
2000 – 2003 Siuso Isobe Japan
1997 – 2000 Julieta Fierro Mexico
1994 – 1997 John Percy Canada
1991 – 1994 Lucienne Gouguenheim France
1988 – 1991 Aage Sandqvist Sweden
1985 – 1988 Cecylia Iwaniszewska Poland
1982 – 1985 Leo Houziaux Belgium
1979 – 1982 Donat  G. Wentzel USA
1976 – 1979 Edvard Kononovich USSR
1973 – 1976 Derek McNally UK
1970 – 1973 Edith A. Muller Switzerland
1967 – 1970 Evry Schatzman France