On October 26, our team and ISIT – Paris (Research in Intercultural Communication and Translation) had a kickoff meeting for a new research collaboration in the framework of the Astronomy Translation Network project. We’re looking forward to working with the new students. Together with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) our team will start publishing the Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP) Journal, and we’re working really hard to bring you a great new edition early next year.
In this issue, we highlight the Europlanet Public Engagement Funding Scheme 2018 and the new video from Moon Village from Global Science Opera. And we’re launching a shoutout to everyone to start planning ahead for International Day of Light 2018!
We also want to thank our National Outreach Contacts (NOCs) who continue to share their activities here in our newsletter and also by featuring, each week, the outreach activities on our social media—Facebook & Twitter! This is a chance to get inspired by all the amazing astronomy activities around the world.
Happy reading and clear skies!
The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach team
1) National Outreach Contact (NOC) Corner: News from Syria
a) Building the “Future School” - a word from our NOC
Our country is exhausted by a war that has been changing the country’s features for seven years now. But the war has not been able to change our will and determination to go on with our activities and the quest to disseminate science, and to restore, with today's children and future scientists, the glory of astronomy and science in general. Here we wanted to share some photos of our "Future school" activities, organized by the Syrian Astronomical Society to educate children at Syrian schools about the importance of space science and astronomy and plant the love of science in their hearts.
Find photos of the students with their beautiful curiosity for knowledge and their smart questions here: http://bit.ly/2zXtoNH
2) National Outreach Contact (NOC) Corner: News from Argentina
a) Argentine Astronomy Day
In Argentina, on October 24 the country celebrates Argentinian Astronomy Day. On October 24, 1871
Argentina’s first observatory was created the Cordoba Astronomical Observatory. Its creation signalled the beginning of formal astronomical studies in Argentina.
3) International Day of Light 2018 Event Registration
Plan ahead and register your event in the official International Day of Light 2018 calendar! Following the highly successful International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies in 2015, May 16th, the International Day of Light, will provide 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.
4) Europlanet Public Engagement Funding Scheme 2018
The call for the Europlanet Public Engagement Funding Scheme 2018 is open! Europlanet awards grants of between 5 000 and 15 000 Euros to fund projects to engage the public with planetary science. The judging panel will be looking for projects showing innovation, a potential legacy beyond the term of the funded project, the potential for wide European participation, the involvement of countries with recently established planetary research programmes, or the opportunity to reach groups in deprived areas or areas remote from STEM activities. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2018.
5) Global Science Opera 2017 Moon Village — new PR movie
On Dec. 13th, 2017 at 2:00 PM GMT, the Global Science Opera will livestream the opera “Moon Village”. This science opera will be performed around the planet as result of a year-long creative inquiry shared by schools, universities, and art institutions in 25 countries. It will communicate the process, science and technology of the European Space Agency’s Moon Village. The “Moon Village” Global Science Opera is the first opera initiative to produce and perform operas as a global community and is a cooperation organized by a vast network of institutions.
6) Astrophysics: from the Solar System to Big Bang — new MOOC in French
Incorporated in FUN MOOC platform, the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille has launched a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): Astrophysique: du système solaire au big bang. This course runs from November 13, 2017, to January 31, 2018, and is intended for French-speaking communities. It is primarily designed for an audience with a minimal scientific background, but it will also provide useful and interesting information to any other members of the public wishing to understand the Universe.
7) Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education (RTSRE) & InterNational Astronomy Teaching Summit Conferences
The 2nd annual Conference on Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education (RTSRE) will be held in Hilo, Hawai’i from July 23-25, 2018. This conference series focuses on building a sustainable community around the educational, technical, and student research uses of robotic telescopes. The conference will be co-located with the interNational Astronomy Teaching Summit (iNATS) from July 25-27, 2018 providing worldwide networking opportunities and hands-on workshops designed to expand educators’ teaching strategy toolkit designed for innovative astronomy professors, teachers, and outreach professionals.
Physics playing cards is a project led by Physics post-doc Mikhail Stolpovskiy with the goal of creating a deck of physics playing cards, where each suit is dedicated to one of the four major fields of research in modern physics: quantum mechanics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology.The deck is accompanied by a book where each card is described, and all the connections between subjects are depicted. After the project successfully concludes all materials (cards + book) can be downloaded for free at the project's website. You can also order the deck from the creator at production costs (plus shipping).
f) ASP 129th Annual Meeting - STEM Outreach Conference:
“Beyond the Eclipse: Engaging Diverse and Underserved Communities in Astronomy and STEM”
Dates: 5-8 December 2017
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
More information: http://bit.ly/2l0ibte
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11) Contributions to this newsletter - looking forward to hearing from you in 2017!
Here at the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach, we are always looking for more news about astronomical education and outreach events around the world. Please continue to share your stories with us in 2017! If you are organising any 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.