COMMUNICATING ASTRONOMY TO THE PUBLIC
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A conference organized by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, in
cooperation with the National Research Council.
Date: 1-3 October 2003
The National Academies Building
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Astronomy captures the attention and imagination of the public. It
stirs debate on fundamental questions about ourselves, where we come
from, and our place in the universe.
However, building the public understanding of astronomy -- through the media, science centers, the
classroom, and beyond -- requires a major investment of time, money and resources.
The purpose of this meeting is to take a fresh look at this issue, find what
resources are of critical need to the community, address best practices,
and work toward collective solutions to improve the outreach efforts of the
astronomical community. The ultimate goal being
enhancing how the public perceives astronomy, and exploring how best to communicate this
topic so messages are heard, understood, and retained.
This three-day meeting will feature panel discussions on communicating
astronomy, featured speakers and experts addressing salient
issues, and guided discussions among the participants as we strive to
build a consensus on ways to improve our efforts.
In addition, individual poster sessions will be offered to showcase your
institution's efforts and programs. Social programs will be scheduled to
build linkages among your colleagues in the astronomical community.
This conference is organized by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory,
in cooperation with the
National Research Council. Generous financial support provided by
the National Science Foundation.
"The public must understand astronomy -- its basic science as well
as the process of research -- if we as a society are going to achieve
our full potential. I strongly believe that astronomical institutions
must make a concerted effort to communicate the fruits
of their research to the public." -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke 3-28-2003
Details from the 2002 international conference, Communicating Astronomy,
organized by the Instituto de Astrofisica de las Canarias (IAC), are available