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CAP 2013
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Second Announcement and Call for Registration

Dear Colleagues,

The conference "Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2013" (CAP2013) will take place in Warsaw, Poland, from 14 to 18 October 2013. Following the previous meetings in this series, CAP2013 will consider challenges in communication of astronomy and space exploration, as well as the influence of these activities on science outreach and education. The meeting will include unconference and workshops sessions as well as interactive planetarium shows and special events.

Conference Highlights

  • Inaugural lecture by Prof. Alvaro Giménez Cañete, Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, European Space Agency
  • Special screening of new planetarium film "Dream to fly" and meeting its creators

More highlights — including special events and panel discussion — will be announced soon.

Important Dates and Forms

Deadline for abstracts: 21 June 2013
Support grants and application deadline: 21 June 2013
End of early registration price: 15 July 2013
Accommodation special offers ends: 15 July 2013

Registration Form:

Abstract Submission:


CAP2013 builds on the work of the previous conferences in this series and now looks to build on 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 and space-related information (research scientists and industry representatives), 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 a bit 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 look to see how the IAU initiatives are helping formal and informal education and knowledge in the developing world.

Some of the major themes will be:

  • Social media for astronomy outreach
  • Media relations
  • Multimedia communication incl. tools and techniques
  • Crowdsourcing/citizen science projects
  • Alternative ways for communicating astronomy with the public
  • Using astronomy outreach to excite 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 Copernicus Science Centre, the Warsaw University of Technology (Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering) and the New Space Foundation.

Connection with EU-UNAWE International Workshop

The week before the CAP2013 conference, the EU-UNAWE International Workshop will take place in Heidelberg, Germany. To allow a large number of participants to attend both conferences a special shuttle service will be arranged between Heidelberg and Warsaw. If you are interested in this service, for details please visit this website and also indicate so in your CAP2013 registration form.

More information

Best regards,
The SOC and the LOC