RDS and the IAU

The RDS represents the German Astronomy in the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and is allowed to propose individuals for an IAU membership.

IAU Individual Memberships

Professional scientists whose research is directly relevant to some branch of astronomy are eligible for election as IAU Individual Members. 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 membership are accepted by the RDS, if the applicants graduation dates back more than 3 years at the time of the next General Assembly 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 base of a well grounded justification. Individual members do not pay dues to the IAU.


The next possibility to be admitted as Individual Member is the General Assembly 2018.

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 General Assembly. The chairman of the RDS may accept a prolongation of the membership on the base of a well grounded justification.