The Canadian Astronomical Society was founded in 1971 and incorporated
in 1983 as a society of professional astronomers. The society is
devoted to the promotion and advancement of knowledge of the universe
through research and education.
Membership is open to persons with a
professional involvement with these goals in astronomy and the related
sciences. The main activities of the Society are its annual scientific
meetings, the planning and realization of scientific projects, the
support of the scientific activities of its members, and the
dissemination of related information among members and other interested
The Society supports committees on Optical and Infrared
Astronomy, Radio Astronomy, Space Astronomy, Theoretical Astronomy,
Education, Heritage, Canadian Grad Students, and Awards.
the quarterly newsletter of the Society, is published at equinoxes and
In 1992, the Society established CascaTrust as a charitable trust for the
advancement of education and research in astronomy.
A receipt for a
charitable donation is issued to all members who make contributions to
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CASCA membership involves being part of:
a large group that can speak impartially and authoritatively to others about the interests of that group's profession (e.g., to lawmakers)
an organized group that supports efforts to realize those interests (e.g., support for the Canadian Coalition for Astronomy)
a professional group that examines and reports on the current health of its profession (e.g., through committees)
a diverse group that organizes exercises to determine future priorities (the Long Range Plans)
a national organization that defines the professional community within the country, allowing better communication within the country (e.g., e-Cassiopeia, the e-mail exploder, member directories)
an impartial group that honours its peers when warranted (e.g., through awards)
a professional group that assists in the organization of national outreach initiatives (e.g., IYA)
a long-lived organization that embraces the heritage of its profession and acknowledges the historical contributions by members of the profession (e.g., the Hogg Prize Lecture)
an inclusive organization that encourages younger members in its profession (e.g., free first-year memberships, grants for annual meeting travel, sponsoring of graduate workshops
a representative national organization that enables membership in the International Astronomical Union
One of the major raisons d’ętre of CASCA is to serve as a national forum for scientific planning in astronomy.
Although this function is served in part by the annual meetings of the Society, and by our newsletter,
Cassiopeia, both of which serve to examine existing and proposed projects and facilities in astronomy on
a regular basis, the committees of CASCA also serve as a vital element of the planning process. For this reason,
members should feel free to raise an opinion or propose a scientific project at any time to the appropriate CASCA
committee, with a copy of their submission being sent concurrently to the president of the Society.
In May 2000, CASCA released "The Origins of Structure in the Universe", Canada's Long Range Plan for Astronomy
and Astrophysics. A few months later, the Coalition for Canadian Astronomy was formed to secure federal funding for
the Plan. For the first time, representatives of CASCA, industry and academia (through the 21 members of the
Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy) have come together to ensure continued scientific
excellence in Canadian astronomy. If you would like more information or to become involved, get in touch with one
of the Coalition Co-Chairs or the CASCA Board.
CASCA is committed to Education and Public Outreach. To learn more, please visit our
Canadian Astronomy Education
page or contact our EPO committee.
CASCA's contributions to
the International Year of Astronomy and to public
outreach have recently been recognized
by the International Astronomical Union.