Last Chance for CAP2011 Abstracts

11 July 2011

In only four days, on 15 July, the deadline for abstracts for the Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2011 Conference (CAP2011) expires. CAP2011 takes place between 10 and 14 October 2011 at the Xiyuan Hotel in Beijing, China.

Public information officers, educators, science communicators, journalists and bloggers and professional and amateur astronomers are invited to register and choose between presenting a poster or giving a talk on a topic that addresses one or more of the conference’s themes:

  • Social media for astronomy outreach
  • Media relations in the digital age
  • Audiovisual and multimedia communication including tools and techniques
  • The challenges of the digital era
  • Alternative ways for communicating astronomy with the public
  • Crowdsourcing/citizen science projects
  • Amateur astronomers: an army for astronomy outreach
  • The role of science centres, planetariums and observatories
  • Using astronomy outreach to interest children in science and technology
  • Communicating across national, language, political, social and cultural borders
  • Astronomy communication in the developing world
  • Evaluating of outreach projects
  • The social impact of astronomy communication
  • The legacy of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009)

The 2011 Communicating Astronomy with the Public conference will focus on how to bring science to the people of today and tomorrow. With online platforms booming, both in terms of popularity and traffic, there is a whole new world building up in the social media and online, a world where individuals become opinion leaders by owning and sharing information. We need to embrace this revolution in communication.

The IAU has also started to implement the decadal plan entitled “Astronomy for the Developing World”. This plan, built on the legacy of IYA2009, brings new opportunities and challenges for communicating astronomy across the globe, with an emphasis on the developing world.

For those who wish to attend CAP2011 as participants only, the registration deadline is 1 September. Details about fees, programme, accommodation, transport and other practical information can be found at:

China requires a visa for nationals from most countries and this should be coordinated with the Local Organising Committee, who will be able to issue letters of invitation for visa purposes. Early registration is strongly encouraged.

To stay in touch with the latest news connect with CAP2011, you can join our mailing list here. We will also be present on Twitter using the hashtag #CAP2011



Oana Sandu
Community Coordinator
ESO ePOD, Garching, Germany
Phone: +49 89 320 069 65
Mobile: +49 176 943 942 20

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Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2011 (CAP 2011)
Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2011 (CAP 2011)