• THEME CAP2024 : Astronomy Communication in a Hybrid World

     

    Astronomy communication in a hybrid world involves a dynamic blend of traditional and digital channels to facilitate the dissemination of astronomical knowledge - to bridge the gap between the scientific community and the general public, fostering a wider and greater understanding and appreciation of the cosmos. CAP 2024 will get the community to discuss best practices, resources, tools, etc., that enable them to better utilise all the modes of communication in the rapidly changing world.
     

    PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME


  • Conference Topics


     The selected topics will be covered through variety of session formats
    • Keynote speakers
    • Invited talk
    • Parallel session
    • Workshop
    • Session under the dome
  • Since the first planetarium projector was unveiled in 1923, more than 4000 planetariums in 99 countries have been constructed, playing important roles in astronomy and science communication. The session could include historical highlights and evolution, highlights of the diverse roles, unique storytelling and show design methods, instrument innovations and low-cost solutions (recently made or required).
     
    Note: Demonstrations using the planetarium dome at the venue may be possible (if the specifications listed below are compatible).
     
    Specifications of Cité de l'espace Planetarium:
    • Dome type - Concave screen, tilted 10°
    • Dome diameter - 20 metres with 280 seats
    • Projector type: Sony GTZ 280
    • Projector software: SkyExplorer Studio 2024
    Astronomy communication requires a deep understanding of a project’s goals, objectives, audience, and strategy. With this topic, we hope to see research conducted in astronomy communication, including evaluated attempts at using evidence-based approaches to communicate astronomy. This may include evidence-based approaches to performing outreach events of a particular type or for a particular audience, attempting to understand behavioural changes (e.g., reducing the amount of outdoor lights used at home), changes in understanding (e.g., shifting people’s understanding of how the phases of the Moon are formed), or motivations (e.g., why people engage with astronomy).
    Astronomy is a deeply human science. In addition to being a quantitative way of understanding the Universe, astronomy explores the cultural, historical and ethical dimensions of our relationship with the cosmos. Therefore, astronomy communication is often a collaborative effort between astronomers and other professionals, such as science communication professionals, public relations experts, science journalists, data analysts, artists, historians, philosophers, scientists from other fields, and many more.
    Why do we need these kinds of collaborations?
    How does this work help reach under-resourced communities and those underrepresented in astronomy?
    What are some best practices for establishing and co-creating solutions through multi- or interdisciplinary work?
    What multi- or interdisciplinary collaborations have you built to solve complex problems in astronomy communication (e.g., misinformation)?
    What work remains to be done in this field?
    The session could include presentations about web-based interactives, innovations in AR, VR, 3D simulations and any other emerging platforms, use of AI, citizen science projects, etc. It could also highlight examples of effective hybrid mode interactions/activities, including those on social media. Of course, not to discount the in-person mode, reports or demos of tested innovative and creative ideas are very welcome.
    The session could highlight the importance (pros and cons) of translations, localisation, the related challenges, best practices, and new and effective tools for the enhanced use of Astronomy as a means to transcend barriers of language and culture to bring scientific awareness.
    The session could highlight the significance of networking and collaboration within the realm of astronomy outreach, listing their benefits, challenges, and evolving practices. Reports of existing networks, collaboration resource bases, tools, platforms and examples of effective collaborations (between, say, astronomers and other professionals, such as public relations experts, science journalists, environmental activists, data analysts, artists or scientists from other fields of science) in astronomy communication, are welcome.
     
    Note: We welcome creative ideas for some networking that can be done during the conference itself.
    Resources for astronomy communication and education are not equitably distributed across the globe. They also may not be inclusive of or harmonise with some group’s needs and perspectives.  There is a pressing need to prioritise diversity, equity and inclusion as foundational principles in astronomy communication that simultaneously creates a space for people to learn and engage with astronomy, and provides resources, opportunities and reduces barriers. What is the impact that these measures can have on an under-resourced and under-represented public? Are there evidence-based approaches that engage with under-resourced members of your community? How have you co-created opportunities with Indigenous knowledge holders, reflecting the rich cultural diversity of astronomical perspectives and practices around the world?
  • CALL FOR ABSTRACTS


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  • GRANT APPLICATIONS


    Grant applications are now open. Pre-register to the conference in order to access the grant application platform.

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  • PROGRAMME


    The programme schedule will be worked on and announced closer to conference dates
  • IMPORTANT DATES


    Deadline for Abstracts and Grant submissions has been extended to February 29
     

     

    Dec. 20, 
    2023

     

    abstracts,  grants and early registration open

    February 15 29,
    2024

     

    deadline for abstracts and grant

    March 31, 2024

     

    announcement of abstracts and grants selection

    April 10, 2024

     

    regular registration open

    May 31,
    2024

     

    deadline to request visa invitation letter

    June 15, 2024

     

    final program announced



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