In this issue, we highlight the International Day of Light on May 16, the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development annual call for proposals. and to start preparing for Asteroid day on June 30.
Every newsletter we feature national or local outreach and educational events, activities and resources, with the goal of inspiring the international community. We want to thank all our readers around the world who share with us their astronomy “adventures”! In this issue, we want to send our appreciation to Martin Pawley and Paulo Sanches for sharing their latest activities.
Wishing you all Happy Reading & Clear Skies!
The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach Team
1) IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) Annual Call for Proposals
The OAD is pleased to announce that the 2018 Call for Proposals is now open for applications. The 2018 call follows a two-stage process like last year. Stage 1 applications are open for proposals that use astronomy as a tool to promote sustainable development. Applications can be submitted by anyone from anywhere in the world. Please read through the Getting Started section on the OAD website to help you develop your proposal. Details on the call, including scoring criteria, timeline etc can be found on our website. The deadline for Stage 1 is May 31, 2018
2) IAU General Assembly Special Sessions and Satellite Events
During the IAU XXXth General Assembly in Vienna, August 20-31, 2018, various special sessions and satellite events dedicated to educators, outreach and communication professionals will be hosted:
a) Summer Schools & Teacher Training
From 16-18 August 2018, Secondary Education teachers will experience the latest astronomy topics with teaser talks by scientists and several workshop sessions. More information: http://ow.ly/mpIm30imF3D
b) Focus Meetings
The IAU Focus Meeting 14 on "IAU’s role on global astronomy outreach, the latest challenges and bridging different communities" will be hosted on August 23, 2018.
The IAU Focus Meeting 15 on "Astronomy for Development" will be hosted from 28-31 August.
3) International Day of Light 2018—join the celebrations!
May 16 is the International Day of Light, an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of the central role that light plays in the lives of the citizens of the world. The broad theme of light allows many different sectors of society to participate in activities to raise awareness of science and technology, art and culture, and their importance in achieving the goals of UNESCO — education, equality, and peace.
a) “I Encontro da Noite” (Night Encounter) 1st edition in Galicia
This an activity organised by the “Agrupación Astronómica Coruñesa Ío” (Ío Astronomical Association of Corunna) on Saturday May 12, 2018: the 1st “Encontro da Noite” (Night Encounter), whose main subjects are light pollution, the protection of the natural, cultural and scientific of the night, the preservation of dark skies and, in general, the culture of the night. Among the guests at the meeting will be Portuguese researchers Raul C. Lima and Rosa Fina, and the Spanish researcher Ariadna García Sáenz who will discuss her latest research on “Evaluating the Association between Artificial Light-at-Night Exposure and Breast and Prostate Cancer Risk in Spain (MCC-Spain Study)”.
a) Portugal’s largest telescope gathering in Moimenta da Beira
On May 12 and 13, the Portuguese village of Moimenta da Beira will host the 6th Telescope Gathering, the largest gathering of telescopes in Portugal. Taking advantage of pristine night skies and nearly ideal observing conditions, the Moimenta da Beira Astronomy School Club intends to have a record number of 100 hundred telescopes from around the country. The participants will also enjoy trips to the scale Solar System located in the municipality.
Asteroid Day is a worldwide effort to educate the public about asteroids, the associated science, and the scientists working in the field. Whether you’re organising or attending an event you can find useful resources and tips for participating in an Asteroid Day event here. The organising team encourages everyone to engage in the activities taking place on and/or around 30 June 2018.
After a successful first “Star Stuff – Festival of the Cosmos” last year, Star Stuff II is inviting three internationally renowned guests—Fraser Cain, publisher of Universe Today, space historian Amy Shira Teitel of the “Vintage Space” YouTube channel, and Geoff Notkin, star and expert of the popular TV series “Meteorite Men”—for the 2018 festival. This two-day weekend in July 2018 at the Elements of Byron resort features solar and nighttime astronomy if the weather allows, and also talks from space and astronomy experts.
8) European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) project
The decline in the number of students taking up classical science and engineering subjects presents a real problem. In response to this, ESA's Education Office created the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) project. This project uses European space exploration as a means of exciting young people about Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) and a direct link between ESA and the education community (students and educators), allowing ESA to support the education community with information, materials and activities geared towards science, engineering and space exploration.
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11) Contributions to the IAU Outreach Newsletter—looking forward to hearing from you in 2018
Here at the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach, we’re always looking for news about astronomical education and outreach events around the world. Please continue to share your stories with us in 2018! If you are organising large-scale events at a regional or international level, offering astronomy education or communication job positions, have any innovative projects or inspiring stories, looking for professional–amateur collaboration in astronomy, or have created any educational resources, let us know by sending an email to email@example.com.