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First Announcement

Dear Colleagues,

The conference "Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2013 - Challenges in Communication of Astronomy and Space Exploration" (CAP2013) will take place in the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw, Poland, from 14 to 18 October 2013 (

CAP2013 builds on the work of the previous conferences in this series and now also looks to develop the legacy of the International Year of Astronomy 2009. It aims to showcase the fantastic use of astronomy and space science in outreach and bring together producers of astronomical information (research scientists), public information officers (connected with large observatories and space missions) and the mediators (science journalists, staff members from museums, science centres and planetariums).

In astronomy communication we often use the word astronomy as a blanket term to cover anything that has to do with space, i.e. astrophysics, space exploration, space sciences, human space flight, Earth observation, astrobiology, amateur astronomy, and all related sciences and technologies. To face new challenges, during the CAP2013 we would like to widen this list and add space tourism and commercial involvement in space-related activities.

As the venue is a modern planetarium, we will have a special focus on audiovisual and multimedia communications in the widest sense. We will also concentrate on how the IAU initiatives are helping formal and informal education and knowledge in the developing world.

Some of the major themes of CAP2013 are:

  • Social media for astronomy outreach
  • Media relations
  • Multimedia communication, including tools and techniques
  • Crowdsourcing and citizen science projects
  • Alternative ways for communicating astronomy with the public
  • Using astronomy outreach to thrill children with science and technology
  • Evaluation, impact and monitoring of outreach projects
  • Support for science policymakers
  • Social impact of astronomy communication
  • Astronomy communication in the developing world
  • Communicating Astronomy with the Public in the context of the IAU Strategic Plan
  • CAP community involvement in International Year of Light 2015

The meeting is organized by the IAU Commission 55: Communicating Astronomy with the Public, in cooperation with the Warsaw University of Technology (Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering) and the Copernicus Science Centre.

To register your interest in CAP2013, please send an e-mail to Full registration will start soon. A reduced early bird registration —300 € (including conference dinner) — will be available until 21 June 2013.

Best regards,

The SOC and the LOC.