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Third Announcement: Conference Highlights and Final Call for Registration

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available until:
30 August 2013

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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

Special events:

  • Inaugural lecture by Prof. Mark McCaughrean, Head of Research & Scientific Support Department, European Space Agency, Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration
  • Special screening of new planetarium film "Dream to fly" and meeting with creators
  • Special screening of new IMAX film "Hidden Universe 3D" and meeting with creators
  • Vernissage of ESO photography exhibition, including pictures taken at stunning sites in Chile

Discussion 1: New opportunities for CAP community, including involvement in the International Year of Light 2015

  • Thomas Kraupe, International Planetarium Society, President
  • Lech Mankiewicz, New Space Foundation, Advisory Board, Chair
  • Hugo Maree, European Space Agency, Education and Knowledge Management Office, Head
  • Ana Noronha, European Network of Science Centres and Museums, Space Group, President
  • Pedro Russo (moderator), International Astronomical Union, Division C Commission 55, Vice President
  • Weronika Sliwa (moderator), Heavens of Copernicus Planetarium, Head
  • Representative of European Physical Society


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.

More information

Best regards,
The SOC and the LOC