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Programme (Tentative; as of June 8, 2005)

All abstracts received to date - in alphabetical order by first author.

All plenary talks are in the ESO auditorium.


Day 1 - Business, Wider Issues, Welcome Reception

08:30-09:00 Registration, Coffee & Posters  
09:00-09:10 Opening; Practical Business  
09:10-09:20 Robson : History & Progress of The IAU Communicating Astronomy with The Public Working Groups TALK
09:20-09:30 Crabtree : Washington Charter Progress TALK
09:30-09:45 Christensen : Virtual Repository Progress TALK

Plenary Session 1:  Setting the Scene (web cast)

09:45-10:30 Barranger : Closing the Culture Gap between Scientists and Science Communicators TALK
10:30-11:00 Coffee & Posters  
11:00-11:30 Murdin : Communicating What Science Is, Not What It Is Like - Non-professionally Executed Astronomy of Professional Standard TALK

Plenary Session 2:  The TV Broadcast Media (web cast)

11:30-12:10 Henbest : Attracting the Media TALK
12:10-12:30 Sandrelli : ESA on RAINEWS24: A Case Study of Television Communication TALK
12:30-14:00 LUNCH  

Plenary Session 3:  What Makes a Good News Story? (web cast)

14:00-14:30 Barranger/Gundy : The Nuts and Bolts of a Good News Story


14:30-15:00 Schilling : A Reporter's View TALK
15:00-15:30 Editor - TBD  
15:30-16:00 Coffee & Posters  
16:00-17:30 Workshop Sessions in Parallel:
·   Schilling : Writer's Workshop (Aud.)
·   Levay / Christensen : Hands-on Images 1 (room 231)
·   Bacon : Hands-on Animation Case Studies: Creating a Continuous Zoom! (room 232)
17:30-18:30 Guided tour of the ESO facilities in groups (meeting point: ESO Reception)  
18:30- Welcome Reception  


Day 2 - Outreach: Observatories to Planetaria

08:30-09:00 Coffee, Posters & Demos  
09:00-09:10 Cesarsky : Official Opening  

Plenary Session 4:  The Role of the Observatories (web cast)

09:10-09:50 Robson : The Role of Observatories TALK
09:50-10:30 Watzke : Communicating Chandra’s X-ray Astronomy to the Press and Public TALK
10:30-11:00 Coffee, Posters & Demos  

Plenary Session 5:  Innovations (web cast)

11:00-11:30 Fienberg : Using the Night Sky to Cultivate Public Interest in Astronomy TALK
11:30-12:00 Michaud : The Gemini Observatory Virtual Tour TALK
12:00-12:30 Serra-Ricart : Virtual Visits to Astronomical Observatories TALK
12:30-14:00 LUNCH  

Plenary Session 6:  The Role of Planetaria (web cast)

14:00-14:30 Petersen : The Unique Role of the Planetarium / Science Center in Science Communication TALK
14:30-14:50 Gandolfi : New Perspectives in Planetarium Lectures: How to Tell Science under the Dome Preserving the "Enchantment" TALK
14:50-15:10 Fairall : Seeing Beyond the Naked Eye in a Planetarium TALK
15:10-15:30 Pedrosa : Astronomy for Young Audiences TALK
15:30-16:00 Coffee, Posters & Demos  
16:00-17:30 Workshop Sessions in Parallel:
·   Schilling : Writer's Workshop (Aud.)
·   Levay / Christensen : Hands-on Images 1 (room 231)
·   Frattare / Hurt : Hands-on Images 2 (room 232)
18:30- DINNER (meeting point Garching Maibaum)  


Day 3 - Challenges, New Ideas, Credibility and Education

08:30-09:00 Coffee, Posters & Demos  

Plenary Session 7:  Challenges and New Ideas (web cast)

09:00-09:15 Fosbury : Difficult Concepts TALK
09:15-09:40 Lorenzen : Mission to the Public: A Journalist's Experiences with European Astronomers and Space Agencies  
09:40-10:10 West : The Road Less Traveled: Non-traditional Ways of Communicating Astronomy to the Public ...
10:10-10:30 Rodriguez Hidalgo : Do the Stars Tell Your Love Story? TALK
10:30-11:00 Coffee, Posters & Demos  

Plenary Session 8:  Keeping our Credibility - Release of News (web cast)

11:00-11:15 Madsen : Science Communication between Michael Faraday and MTV

11:15-12:15 Credibility Panel Discussion
Murdin (Chair)
12:15-12:30 NN : TBD  
12:30-14:00 LUNCH  

Plenary Session 9:  The Education Arena (web cast)

14:00-14:30 Cavalotti : Astronomical Pills: One-shot Questions about the Universe TALK
14:30-15:00 Jones : Space Education - A Lifeline to the Skills Shortage? TALK
15:00-15:30 Mahoney : The Role of the Popular Article in Astronomical Outreach TALK
15:30-16:00 Coffee, Posters & Demos  
16:00-17:30 Workshop Sessions in Parallel:
·   Mahoney : A Communications Toolkit for Astronomers (Aud.)
·   Frattare / Hurt : Hands-on Images 2 (room 231)
·   Kornmesser / Christensen : Produce your First DVD (room 232)
18:15- Beergarten Expedition (meeting point Garching Maibaum)  

FRIDAY, 17 JUNE 2005

Day 4 - Audiovisual, VO Communication

08:30-09:00 Coffee & Posters  

Plenary Session 10:  Astronomical Images - Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder (web cast)

09:00-09:40 Rector : The Preparation of Presentation-Quality Astronomical Images TALK
09:40-10:10 Levay : Hubble and the Language of Images TALK
10:10-10:30 Bacon : Examples of Scientifically Valid and Engaging Animations TALK
10:30-11:00 Coffee & Posters  

Plenary Session 11: Cutting-edge Audiovisuals (web cast)

11:00-11:30 Kraupe : New Horizons for Communicating Astronomy through Digital Planetariums TALK
11:30-12:00 Fluke : Virtual Tours of the Universe TALK
12:00-12:30 Hurt : Seeing Infrared TALK
12:30-14:00 LUNCH  

Plenary Session 12: Virtual Repositories (web cast)

14:00-14:30 Boccato : Stars in the Net TALK
14:30-15:00 Evans : Life after Press - The Role of the Picture Library in Communicating Astronomy to the Public TALK
15:00-15:15 Christensen : Moving the Pretty Pictures into the 21st Century TALK
15:15-15:30 Frattare : Virtual Observatory Compliance for Press Release Images TALK
15:30-16:00 Coffee & Posters  
16:00-16:20 Boffin : The Venus Transit 2004 Programme (web cast) TALK
16:20-16:45 Murdin : Meeting Summary  


Poster display area: ~ 120 cm (high) x ~ 100 cm (wide)

P01 - A. Acker: Planetariums, Great Messengers of the Astronomical Research

P02 - L. Albanese, L. Fini, D. Galli, F. Pacini, F. Palla, G. Risaliti: From the Hill of Galileo to the Borders of the Universe: the Arcetri Outreach Program

P03 - D.R. Altschuler & J.L. Alonso: Public Education and Outreach at the NAIC / Arecibo Observatory

P04 - G. Bernardi et al.: IN VIAGGIO FRA LE STELLE, The making of the GSC II

P05 - M. Birlan & G. Vass: Bringing Forth the Spirit of Astronomy by Using Conceptual Maps

P06 - R.E.S. Clegg: Using Astronomy and Space Education for National Skills Agendas

P07 - Luis Cuesta on behalf of The Director's Support Team of the IAC: The IAC and the Scientific Outreach

P08 - K. Czart: - Polish Astronomy Portal

P09 - F. Diego: Human Links to the Universe. A Cultural Shift

P10 - O. Dreissigacker & Astronomie Heute Editorial Staff: Needs of a Science Editor

P11 - M. Ehle: The XMM-Newton Image Gallery

P12 - B.R. Espey: Webcamming Solar Telescope Images

P13 - R. Fedele: Kitt Peak - 40 Years of Public Outreach

P14 - M.A. Garcia & J. Harvey: "StarTeachers": a Teachers Exchange Program between Hawaii and La Serena

P15 - M. Giovalli, G. Bernardi, A. Ferrari, P. Rossi: ApritiCielo, Museum of Space and Astronomy with Planetarium in Torino

P16 - S. Giovanardi, G. Gandolfi, G. Catanzaro, V. Vomero: Stars on Stage: the New Planetarium of Rome as an Astronomical Theatre

P17 - J. Harvey & P. Michaud: Journey Through the Universe in Hawaii

P18 - D. Hillier: A Scottish Science Training Programme for Teachers

P19 - J. Hron, F. Kerschbaum, A. Pikhard: Nationwide Astronomy Events in Austria: Summary and Experiences

P20 - C. Ishida & K. Sekiguchi: Public Tours of the Subaru Telescope

P21 - V. Luridiana: Popularisation of Astronomy: why?

P22 - F. Mantovani: The Visitor Centre "Marcello Ceccarelli"

P23 - O. Marco: The ESO-MIM Star Trek: a Broad Public Oriented Short Interactive Exhibition for an Introduction to Contemporary Astrophysics

P24 - R. Massey: Sighting the New Crescent Moon - Linking Modern Astronomy and Islam

P25 - I. Morison & T. O'Brien: Astronomical Outreach from Jodrell Bank Observatory

P26 - A. Ortiz-Gil, M. Gomez, T. Gallego: L'Aula del Cel: Communicating Astronomy at School Level

P27 - S. Parello: Think Inside the Sphere

P28 - S. Preston: Outreach from McDonald Observatory

P29 - S. Romaniello, F. Cavallotti, S. Sandrelli: The Olmicomics and The Lord of Rings: Two Cases of Non-traditional Education

P30 - P. Russo & A. Pedrosa: Navegar Foundation: 5 Years Communicating Astronomy

P31 - A. Sosa Mendez on behalf of The Public Outreach Group of the Facilities at the Canary Islands' Astronomical Observatories: Public Outreach at the Canary Islands' Astronomical Observatories

P32 - M. Sotiriou, P. Ioannou, H. Vrazopoulos, S. Sotiriou, E. Vagenas: SKY WATCH: Introducing European Youth in the World of Scientific Research through Interactive Utilisation of a Global Network of Robotic Telescopes

P33 - H. Teimoorinia & A. Moosavi: Astronomy as Science, Art and Industry

P34 - G. Verdoes Kleijn, R. van der Marel, D. Schaller, J. Stoke: Building Educational Websites

P35 - M. Zoulias, N. Solomos: EUDOXOS National Observatory of Education: Communicating Astronomy using Robotic Telescopes


All abstracts received to date - in alphabetical order by first author.


1. Sky-skan: Fulldome digital projection in planetaria: 6 metre dome in the council room. Glenn Smith, Sky-Skan

2. The ESA/ESO/NASA FITS Liberator version 2: Lars Lindberg Christensen (ESA/ESO), Lars Holm Nielsen, Kaspar K. Nielsen & Teis Johansen

3. The Faulkes Telescope Project: Paul Roche

4. The ESA Hubble 15th Anniversary campaign: Lars Lindberg Christensen & Martin Kornmesser (ESA/ESO)