On 2005 September, the four main Institutes on astronomy in East Asia (the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC), National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI), Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA)) gathered at Mitaka campus of NAOJ, and they agreed to organize the East Asia Core Observatories Association (EACOA) to cooperate and promote powerful and cutting-edge researches in East Asia.
IAU global astronomy development office was established recently. EACOA will take a charge of regional node of East Asia, then promote astronomy for universities and research, astronomy for children and school, and astronomy for the public in East Asia region.
The OIRO is one of the secretariats of EACOA and manage EACOA activities. More detail information is available from the following web page.
The IAU created the function of a Public Outreach Office (POO) in support of the Beyond IYA2009 plan. The IAU Public Outreach Office (POO) will be lead by the Public Outreach Coordinator (POC) and shall coordinate worldwide efforts to promote public awareness, appreciation and education of astronomy and related sciences. Since NAOJ was selected as the host for the POO, the IAU POO will be located within an existing Public Relations Center of the NAOJ and is under the daily supervision by the head of the NAOJ PR group. The IAU POO will act as the central global “communication point”, as a facilitator for best practices, providing guidance and delivering weekly information about ongoing and activities in astronomy and astronomy communication. The IAU and NAOJ shall jointly advertise the position of Public Outreach Coordinator (POC) SOON!