CAP 2021 Virtual Conference

Registration Open for #VirtualCAP2021

Registration to the first ever Virtual CAP conference is FREE to all participants. Details of the event will only be sent to registered participants. Register by 15 May 2021.

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Abstract Submissions Reopened for 1 Day Only

Given the high interest from community members who missed the CAP deadline and considering the challenging times we all live in, the SOC Chairs have decided to exceptionally re-open abstract submissions for one day only, from 00:00 – 23:59 UTC on Monday, 29 March. Abstracts received before or after this time interval will not be considered due to logistical limitations.

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CAP Conference Goes Virtual in 2021

CAP 2021 will be held 24–27 May 2021, under the central theme Communicating Astronomy with the Public in the Age of Global Crises. Thanks to generous support from The Kavli Foundation, which has provided a grant to strengthen the IAU’s public engagement programmes and scientific meetings, registration for CAP 2021 will be free to all attendees.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Visit the Registration page for more information.

The Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2021 Virtual Conference (#VirtualCAP2021) will feature:
– Live Online Sessions in various time zones suitable for participants in different regions;
– Recorded Sessions that participants will be able to access and watch at their own pace and later engage in further live discussions with the speakers and other participants;
– Discussion Forums and Networking Sessions, in which participants will be able to reach out and engage in direct dialogue with the speakers and other participants.

Professionals from science communication, informal education and outreach, as well as professional and amateur astronomers, planetarium and science centre staff members, journalists, public information officers, and other creatives, are invited to attend the conference virtually to exchange ideas and discuss best practices.

Conference topics will include the following:

  • Nontraditional Ways of Communicating Astronomy During a Pandemic;
    Communicating Climate Change through Astronomy;
    Communicating Astronomy and Its Relevance in a Post-Factual Society;
    Anti-Science Actions, Disinformation & Fake News;
    Promoting Diversity and Inclusion through Astronomy Communication;
    Current Challenges in Astronomy Communication;
    The Media’s Role in Astronomy Communication;
    Using Multimedia, Social Media, Immersive Environments and Other Technologies for Public Engagement with Astronomy;
    Communicating Astronomy Across Different Regions.
  • In addition, the SOC is planning two special sessions, for which abstracts are also invited:
    Legacy of the IAU100 Celebrations
    Communicating Astronomy: The IAU Strategic Plan 2020–2030

    More information can be found in the IAU announcement

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