Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2007
1 October 2007Next week astronomers from across the globe will gather in Athens for a conference devoted to exploring the many different ways of communicating astronomy to the public.
This conference 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).
A major theme of CAP2007 will be the preparations for the International Year of Astronomy 2009. Communicating the excitement of astronomy to the public will be a major effort on all those involved in communication of astronomy.
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 cross national, political, social and cultural borders and impairment limitations
- To promote international collaboration
- To evaluate current tools and methods and prepare for future developments
Further details can be found at the CAP2007 website.