Astronomy with the Public 2005 (CAP 2005)
The ESO/ESA/IAU Conference
Communicating Astronomy with the Public
14-17 June 2005
HQ, Garching, Munich, Germany
We live in an era of unprecedented scientific progress.
The growing impact of technology has brought science ever more
into our daily lives. However, without a general awareness of
science in the public domain and a lack of a broad appreciation
of scientific progress, the public is left with nothing to counterbalance
the pervasive influence of mystical beliefs. The role of science
communication is to remedy this lack and bring achievements in
science into the public eye.
Popular science communication provides a bridge between the scientific
community and the wider world, providing examples of scientific
success stories to society at large and supporting the educational
use of scientific products. One of its main tasks is to publicise
the presence of the natural sciences in all aspects of society
and our daily lives. Increased public scientific awareness is
in the interest of scientific organisations, scientists, decision-makers
and the general public.
Improving science literacy, or moulding cultural thought, in
the population is a worthy goal in itself - an informed citizenship
is vital for tomorrow's democracy - and astronomy is widely recognised
as a subject that has a special appeal in this regard.
Closing date for registration
Third announcement with 'final' programme
Papers submitted for publication