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Second announcement

The International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009 will bring new challenges as we focus on the need and prospects of global sharing of astronomy related communication activities.

Within this framework the “Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2007” conference will take place in Athens, Greece, from 8 to 11 October. Following the steps of previous conferences in this series, it will aim to answer the modern challenges in astronomy communication through a global perspective. A major theme of CAP2007 will be the preparations for the International Year of Astronomy 2009, especially on communicating the excitement of astronomy to a global audience.

Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2007

An IAU/Nat. Observatory of Athens/Eugenides Foundation conference

8-11 October 2007, Eugenides Foundation, Athens, Greece


“Communicating Astronomy to a Global Audience”
CAP2007 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).

The specific goals are:
  • To prepare for International Year of Astronomy 2009.
  • To make public astronomical knowledge global and accessible to everyone, adapting communication methods to span national, political, social and cultural borders and impairment limitations.
  • To promote international collaboration.
  • To evaluate current tools and methods and prepare for future developments
Key topics:
  •    Case Studies and hands-on demonstrations
  •    Communication in the YouTube/MySpace/Vodcasting mediascape
  •     Audiovisual, multimedia & online tools
  •     Social impact and evaluation of astronomy communication
  •     Education and communication tools for the visually impaired
  •     The work of IAU Commission 55 "Communicating Astronomy with the Public"
We will be happy to meet with you, brainstorm and collaborate in Athens. We are also eager to hear about your proposals and potential contributions. The first call for papers will be issued before Easter.

More information and links:
The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009)
IYA2009 will be a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture, stimulating worldwide interest not only in astronomy, but in science in general, with a particular slant towards young people. IYA2009 will mark the monumental leap forward that followed Galileo’s first use of the telescope for astronomical observations, and portray astronomy as a peaceful global scientific endeavour that unites astronomers in an international, multicultural family of scientists working together to find answers to some of the most fundamental questions that humankind has ever asked.

IAU Division XII / Commission 55: Communicating Astronomy with the Public

Previous conferences
The Washington Charter for Communicating Astronomy with the Public: