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

Constance Walker cwalker at noao.edu
Mon Feb 27 06:15:46 UTC 2012


Dear Colleague in Dark Skies Protection,

We have three items of good news:
1) The possibility of having Skype-like capabilities at the IAU  
General Assembly (and at SpS17, in particular) is being researched.  
With the possibility of electronic presentations, we are encouraging  
you to submit an abstract to SpS17, even if you are unable to travel  
to the conference.
2) If you intend to present electronically at SpS17, you may submit an  
abstract without paying a registration fee.
3) The deadline for both registering for the IAU General Assembly and  
submitting abstracts (in particular, to SpS17) has been extended to  
March 17.

Your involvement in SpS17 will undoubtedly further the efforts in  
addressing light pollution issues.

Best regards,
Connie

On Feb 21, 2012, at 3:49 PM, Constance Walker wrote:

> 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”  
> Campaigns
> 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 Success
>
> 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 
> .
>
> Sincerely,
> 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
> 520-318-8535
> cwalker at noao.edu
> *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
>
>
>



*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
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
520-318-8535
cwalker at noao.edu
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