[SQM] IAU Special Session 17 on Light Pollution: abstract submissions requested

Constance Walker cwalker at noao.edu
Tue Feb 21 22:52:22 UTC 2012

Please consider submitting an abstract to give a presentation at  
Special Session 17 on Light Pollution at the Beijing International  
Astronomical Union General Assembly XXVIII. Abstracts are due February  
29, 2012. Notifications to abstract submitters is May 1, 2012. The  
Special Session dates are August 29 -- 31, 2012. For a session  
schedule and more information about IAU Special Session 17 on Light  
Pollution, see http://iau.iteda.org/.

The issue of light pollution is a major concern of the International  
Astronomical Union; during the IAU General Assembly in the city of Rio  
de Janeiro in 2009, a resolution was unanimously adopted  (Resolution  
B5) to support the need to preserve the night sky and the right to see  
stars. With the increasing use of artificial light at night posing a  
growing threat to the visibility of the night sky, a Special Session  
at the upcoming General Assembly will highlight technical aspects of  
astronomical site protection and the educational aspects of increasing  
global awareness on issues concerning light pollution. The session  
topics will cover the following areas:

1. Media & Dark-Skies Images Worth a 1000 Words
2. Public Outreach on Light Pollution by Amateur Astronomers
3. Role of Planetaria & Science Centers in Outreach on Light Pollution
4. Light-Pollution’s Effects on Wildlife & Health Issues
5. Light-Pollution Education: The Role of the School to Change the  
Social Vision of this Global Problem
6. Education through Global Star-Hunting & “Nights of Darkness”  
7. Dark Skies Measurements for Education and Site Monitoring
8. Dark Sky Places, Starlight Reserves and Astro-Tourism
9. Light Pollution and Protecting Observatory Sites
10. Progress and Action Plan for Implementing IAU 2009 Resolution B5
11. Spectra of Artificial Blue-Rich Sources
12. Observational Studies Most Impacted by Contamination Below 500nm
13. Astronomical Input to Lighting Industry Development; Prospects for  

For more information about registration to the IAU General Assembly,  
see http://www.astronomy2012.org/dct/page/65611. For more information  
about abstract submission, see http://www.astronomy2012.org/dct/page/65615 

Beatriz Garcia (Argentina)
Richard Green (United States)
Connie Walker (United States)
Xue Sui Jian (China Nanjing)
SOC Co-Chairs for IAU SpS17

Constance E. Walker, Ph.D.
director, GLOBE at Night campaign (www.globeatnight.org)
member, Astronomical Society of the Pacific Board of Directors
member, International Dark-Sky Association Board of Directors
chair, International Dark-Sky Association Education Committee
chair, 2012 Global Astronomy Month's Dark Skies Awareness Program
co-chair, International Astronomical Union 2012 Special Session on  
light pollution
associate scientist & senior science education specialist, NOAO

National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)
950 N. Cherry Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719 USA
cwalker at noao.edu

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