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Bring the Above and Beyond Exhibition
to your Community

19 November 2018


Above and Beyond exhibition at the IAU General Assembly in Vienna, Austria. Credit: IAU/M. Zamani

The Above and Beyond open-source exhibition features some of the most relevant and astonishing astronomical breakthroughs that have shaped science, technology and culture throughout the last century. Now you can bring this exhibition to a venue near you in an affordable customized way that suits the needs of your community.


The Above and Beyond open-source exhibition is a project commissioned within the framework of the International Astronomical Union's 100th-anniversary celebrations. The exhibition - co-produced with the design studio Science Now - has an interdisciplinary and international approach and it follows three core questions that fascinate astronomers and the general public alike: What is the size and structure of the Universe? Is there life beyond the Earth? What powers the stars, how do they begin to shine and what happens when they die?

With Above and Beyond, the public can experience a journey through time. This began 100 years ago, in 1919, when the IAU was founded and the year of the seminal Total Solar Eclipse that backed Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. The structure of the exhibition follows the course of one-hundred years of scientific and technological discoveries and culture  events that has great impact in society.

The IAU100 Secretariat has just released three versions of the exhibition that can, in an affordable and customized way, support the enjoyment of the exhibition in your community:


  • Above and Beyond Full-scale Travelling Exhibition
    You can bring the Full-scale Travelling Exhibition that was featured at the IAU General Assembly in Vienna to your country. The exhibition, with content in English, contains panels, cubicles and installations. The exhibition opened at the IAU GA in Austria in August 2018 and now is located at the Slovak National Museum – Natural History Museum in Bratislava, Slovakia, until the end of December 2018. It will tour major European cities in 2019.

    To bring the exhibition to your country, the host organisations will be required to cover the costs needed to bring the exhibition to the host’s location. Please contact Jorge Rivero González at for enquiries about bringing the original travelling exhibition to your country.


  • Above and Beyond Full-scale DIY Exhibition
    You may also produce your own version of the Full-scale exhibition and localise it to your own language. All materials are available here.


  • Above and Beyond Down-scale Exhibition
    The budget version of the exhibition has been designed as a scaled-down version of the original full-scale exhibition. It uses the same designs and content but is rescaled to fit 100 B1 (70.7 cm x 100 cm) and A3 (29.7 cm x 43 cm) posters that can be easily replicated in any printing facility worldwide. All materials can be found here.

  • Above and Beyond Educational Exhibition

       There will be very soon the possibility to download an education version of the exhibition comprising 11   A0 posters. Stay tuned for more information.


The Above and Beyond exhibition is designed as an open-source model, with all of its contents and designs available under a Creative Commons licence (Attribution International 4.0, with localisation allowed). Under this license you are able to use the materials in any medium or format for any type of exhibition, even commercially, providing that you give appropriate credit, and we also encourage to localise it, meaning that you can translate it to your language and add relevant national/local astronomical achievements for your version of the exhibition.


You can find more information about the technical characteristics of the exhibition on the following links:


Choose your preferred version and organize an Above and Beyond exhibition in your community! And don’t forget to share your event internationally by registering it at the IAU100 Event Calendar here.


Jorge Rivero González

IAU100 Coordinator

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