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Sharing Space: creative collaboration for public engagement with cutting-edge astronomy

November 2021 - December 2021
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Many astronomers and science communicators are familiar with communicating the wonder of the solar system, or missions to Mars. However, cutting-edge astronomical research such as the search for dark energy, or gravitational waves, while showing up in press releases, is much less common in the public engagement of science and technology.

This Workroom is aimed at two distinct groups of experts who will work together - early-career researchers in any discipline related to astronomy or space science, as well as science engagement professionals without an astronomy background. The series will take a design thinking approach to explore the challenge of “How might we engage the public in a discussion about cutting-edge astronomy and space science research?”

The Workroom will be held over four sessions (15:00 - 17:00 CET) on 17 & 24 November and 1 & 15 December 2021.

Are you a science engagement professional or an astronomy or space science researcher? Register here until 3 November 2021 (23:59 CET)

Through guided exercises, mixed groups will work to develop a shared understanding of their distinct sectors and to develop a topic of their choosing into a proposal for an inclusive public engagement initiative. A key goal will be to communicate not only the scientific findings but also the complexities, challenges and ethical considerations surrounding the research topic.

Over the course of the four sessions, inspiration will be provided through a mix of formats. Keynote speakers will include Dr. Gaitee Hussain of the European Space Agency, Dr. Kelly Blumenthal (Leiden University/International Astronomical Union), Professor Henk Hoekstra (Leiden University) and Professor Travis Rector (University of Alaska). Case studies will include installations developed through collaborations between artists and astronomers, as well as global examples of inclusive public communication of astronomy and space science to advance the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Workroom is free of charge and places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis - maintaining a mix of participants from science engagement and research.

Register here until 3 November 2021 (23:59 CET) - or until all places have been filled.

The Ecsite Workroom “Sharing Space: Creative collaboration for public engagement with cutting-edge astronomy” is co-organised with the International Astronomical Union, Trinity College Dublin and Leiden University and funded by The Kavli Prize, supported by Leiden 2022: European City of Science.

Keywords

  • Ecsite Workroom
  • sharing space

Organisers

Research Fellow, School of Education
Assistant Professor Astronomy & Society
Leiden University

Registration

Are you a science engagement professional or an astronomy or space science researcher? Register here.