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Astronomy Communication by C. Madsen, R. M. West (auth.), André Heck, Claus Madsen

By C. Madsen, R. M. West (auth.), André Heck, Claus Madsen (eds.)

Astronomyhasalwaysbeenoneoftheeasiestofthesciencestoconveyto the general public. that's in part since it produces excellent photographs that may be defined (at least partly) and favourite, in part simply because realizing of astronomy often doesn't rely on an information of a fancy cl- si?cation process or esoteric terminology, and in part simply because its extremes in distances and instances problem our mind's eye and philosophies. so much scientists take pleasure in sharing with others the discoveries made through th- selves and their colleagues. the first objective of scienti?c study is to find, to profit, and to appreciate. after we be triumphant, we get pleasure from sh- ing that figuring out. schooling is most enjoyable whilst our viewers needs to profit and we've whatever very important to express. A?eldthatdoesnotcommunicatee?ectivelywiththepublicsoonlooses its curiosity and help. writer Andr´ e Heck explains the various di?erent ways that expert communique now happens whereas Leslie Sage explains how such conversation might be performed. Astronomy performed with spacecraft and big gear is particularly pricey and the money for these eventually come from the general public. the price of astronomy prorated over the variety of examine astronomers is likely to be the top in the entire sciences. If astronomers don't percentage their effects with the general public, they are going to unfastened its aid. notwithstanding, for many astronomers the need to percentage and teach dominates over the pragmatic have to win public help. With the appearance of latest communique strategies (television, movies, CDs, DVDs, animation, simulations) we've got new the way to commu- cate, as well as the traditional ones of the published and spoken word.

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Facilities such as this make heavy use of the audiovisual products released by NASA and other agencies to the news media. 2. Sources of News Media Outreach Many organizations are involved in generating astrophysical research but some spend more effort than others in circulating astronomers’ findings to the news media. As told in an earlier article (Maran et al. 2000), the American Astronomical Society operates an electronic press release distribution system for journalists. English-language press releases received from the cognizant representatives of many institutions are sent to a distribution list of about 1430 journalists with astronomy and space science on their “beat” (including over 230 institutional press officers).

The Organizing Committee is responsible for all operations of the meeting, including issuing calls for papers, arranging meeting space and accommodation, setting up social activities, etc. The Organizing Committee is responsible for coordinating with the PCST Network Chair, who leads the work of the Scientific Committee in evaluating abstracts and planning the program. PCST AND INTERNATIONAL NETWORKING 37 List of past and currently scheduled conferences: • • • • • • May 1989: Poitiers, France; May 1991: Madrid, Spain; April 1994: Montr´eal, Canada; November 1996: Melbourne, Australia; September 1998: Berlin, Germany – Science Without Frontiers3 ; February 2001: CERN, Gen`eve, Switzerland – Trends in Science Communication Today: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice4 ; • December 2002: Cape Town, South Africa – Science Communication in a Diverse World5 ; • June 2004: Barcelona, Spain – Scientific Knowledge and Cultural Diversity6 ; • August 2006: Seoul, Korea.

Over 300 participants represented more than 30 countries from around the globe. The conference main aim was to explore novel ways of communicating science and engaging new audiences, and to promote networking and linkages between science communication theory and practice in developed and developing countries. Three plenaries, 47 parallel sessions (with a final one entitled ’Communicating in the savannas’) and three poster sessions took place. From among numerous interesting sections, one can mention the following ones: Science on the road; Environmental communication; Public perceptions and knowledge of science; Reaching out to rural communities; Celebrating science; Inspiring the young; Scientific uncertainty and science communication; Visualizing communication; Science theatre; Science-media interfaces; Showtime at science centers.

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