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First announcement

The ESO/ESA/IAU Conference

Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2005


Tuesday- Friday 14-17 June 2005


European Southern Observatory Headquarters, Garching, Munich, Germany

Web site:


Max. attendance is 80-100 people. Registration opens Tuesday Nov 16th 2004, and closes when the 50 available slots for non-invited speakers have been taken. A waiting list will be kept.

The final deadline for registration is 1st March 2005.


If you are interested in attending the meeting and/or contributing a paper (oral or poster), please fill in the Registration Form at:

An e-mail conference Newsletter is provided at:

Purpose and goals

This conference aims to bring together the producers of astronomical information (research scientists), public information officers (connected with large observatories and space missions), and mediators (science reporters and writers, staff members from museums, planetariums).

Key topics:

* Case studies/What works and what doesn’t
* Communication in the Virtual Observatory era
* New technologies
* Communication ethics
* AudioVisuals
* Non-traditional ways of communicating astronomy to the public
* General themes
* Hands-on displays

The specific goals are:

o To maintain the momentum generated by the Tenerife and Washington Meetings

o Improving the collaboration and communication of the various constituencies

o To bring to a focus the progress on:

o Adoption of the Washington Charter

o Specific deliverable goals of the IAU Working Group “Communicating Astronomy with the Public”

o Provide a platform for future developments

Call for abstracts

We would like to invite the participants to contribute with presentations, posters or hands-on displays (PCs/Macs in the exhibition area) within the above-mentioned key topics. Presentations in other areas are however welcome as well.


o Rudolf Albrecht (ESA/ESO)

o Britt Sjöberg (ESA/ESO)

o Bob Fosbury (ESA/ESO)

o Martin Kornmesser (ESA/ESO)

o Lars Lindberg Christensen (ESA/ESO)


o Ian Robson (UK ATC/ROE, co-chair)

o Lars Lindberg Christensen (ESA/ESO, co-chair)

o Charles Blue (NRAO)

o Claus Madsen (ESO)

o Virginia Trimble (Univ. of California, Irvine)

o Michael Burton (UNSW)

o Dennis Crabtree (HIA/NRC)

o Michael West (UHH)

o Tony Fairall (UCT)

o Terence J. Mahoney (Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, Spain)

o Johannes Andersen (NOT, Denmark)

o Mike Lemonick (Time Magazine, Ethics)

o Rick Fienberg (S&T)

o Zolt Levay (STScI)

o Lisa Frattare (STScI)

o Robert Hurt (SSC)


Meeting Sponsors

o European Southern Observatory

o European Space Agency

o The International Astronomical Union