[ASA] Melbourne WG3.2 TH announcement

John O'Byrne john.obyrne at sydney.edu.au
Fri Feb 28 22:56:44 AEDT 2014

A reminder that the second Town Hall meeting of Working Group 3.2 will be held at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology from 2-4pm on Thursday 6th of March.

Working Group 3.2 is concerned with Education, Outreach and Careers - key aspects of our science that engage a wide range of participants, well beyond the professional astronomy community.  We are seeking your input to understand how best to promote astronomical education in schools, in the public, and in training new generations of professional astronomers.  

All are welcome to participate in this meeting.

In order to determine the appropriate facilities, if you plan to attend the meeting can you please RSVP to Virginia Kilborn (vkilborn at swin.edu.au) stating whether you will be present in person or 'virtually' (on-line or by phone).  More information on the venue, and "virtual attendance" facilities will follow.

We will distribute more information prior to the meeting.  For now, we summarise below the recommendations made in the ‘2006 – 2015 Decadal Plan for Australian Astronomy’ and 2011' Mid-Term Review’ and we would like your feedback on whether you have seen these goals achieved or not achieved.     

Professional astronomers need to work more closely with public facilities (like planetaria, observatories, museums and science discovery centre’s) and amateur groups to:
Assist with the delivery of programs that target school students and teachers;
Assist with the delivery of programs that target under-served groups, such as those living in outer metropolitan, regional and remote areas; Indigenous communities; people for whom English is a second language; and people who are disabled or have limited mobility;
Raise awareness among young people of opportunities in science and research; and
Promote science and astronomy to a wider audience.
What should our new goals be?  

We look forward to your input.  If you are unable to attend this meeting, please consider taking part in one of our Town Hall meetings: late March in Canberra, and 15th April in Perth.

We would also welcome written feedback (submitted to amanda.bauer @ aao.gov.au), whether you attend a meeting or not.

Virginia Kilborn
Amanda Bauer 
John O'Byrne
for WG3.2

Virginia Kilborn
Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
Swinburne University of Technology
Ph (w) +61 (0)3 9214 4380

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