RDS and the IAU

The RDS acts as "National Committee for Astronomy Germany" in the International Astronomical Union (IAU). One of our tasks is to invite applications for IAU membership and propose individuals as prospective new members to the IAU General Assembly (GA), which votes on these membership requests. The IAU GA convenes every three years; the next GA takes place in August 2018 in Vienna. Applications for IAU membership to the RDS were possible until February 2nd, 2018. Further information on the qualification and application procedure can be found at

Individual Membership in the IAU

Professional scientists whose research is directly relevant to some branch of astronomy are eligible to become IAU Individual Member. Individual Members with residence in Germany or German nationality are, normally, admitted by the IAU Executive Committee on the proposal of the RDS.
Applications for regular individual membership can be accepted by the RDS if the applicant received their PhD more than 3 years before the time of the next IAU GA and if the applicant has published at least three articles in refereed journals during this period. The chairman of the RDS may accept exceptions on the basis of a well-grounded justification.
Individual membership ends if the member resigns from active work related to astronomy before retirement or by death. Notices of removal are issued by the RDS to the next IAU GA. The chairman of the RDS may accept a prolongation of the membership on the basis of a well grounded-justification.

Junior Membership in the IAU

The IAU is preparing a new membership category: Junior Membership. Researchers that have recently completed their PhD and intend to pursue a research career in a branch of astronomy/astrophysics can apply for IAU Junior Membership, along with a reference letter supporting the application. Once approved by the IAU GA, the Junior Membership will have to be confirmed by the following IAU GA. It is limited to a total duration of 6 years.