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Korea welcomed astronomers from around the world for the International Astronomical Union General Assembly (IAUGA 2022). The event took place from August 2 – 11 in Busan, the largest port city in Korea.

The International Astronomical Union (IAU), the world’s largest international organisation in the field of astronomy with more than 12,400 members from 84 countries, holds the General Assembly every three years, but the current edition has been postponed from 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first time that the IAU General Assembly will be held in Korea.

Under the theme, ‘Astronomy for All’, this year’s event will address key topics in contemporary astronomy and include lectures from Sheperd Doeleman, founding director of the Event Horizon Telescope, and Brian Schmidt, who shares the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, as well as Professor Sang-mo Sohn of Space Telescope Science Research Center and Ho-seong Hwang of Seoul National University. A Public Star Party will be held at the BEXCO outdoor exhibition hall open to the public.

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Busan rising as a top destination for events

Busan welcomed a series of international conferences in the first half of this year, including the KSBMB International Conference 2022 (2,000 pax), the International Meeting on Intestinal Diseases (800 pax) and the 7th International Marine Debris Conference (1,000 pax). The Korea MICE Bureau offers conference organizers specific tailor-made support, including cultural performances, tour programs, bidding support and more.

Find out more about events in Korea here.