[ASA] Public communication and outreach practices

John O'Byrne john.obyrne at sydney.edu.au
Sun Nov 22 23:45:56 AEDT 2015

Members of the IAU should have received a version of the following email several days ago.  This new version (also as an attachment) is an opportunity for non-IAU members of the ASA to participate in an important survey about public communication and/or outreach practices.

Dear ASA Member,

As a professional working in the field of astronomy, we would like to invite you to participate in an important online survey regarding astronomers' public communication and/or outreach practices. This is the first comprehensive study to map the practices of the astronomical community worldwide and your cooperation is essential to its success. The study is done under the auspices of the IAU Division C Commission C2 Communicating Astronomy with the Public Working Group 5 Science Communication Research in Astronomy.

Scientists face increasing pressure from research institutions and funding bodies to engage with the public. By understanding the practices and barriers to public communication, we aim to gather evidence that can be used to inform policy in this area.

This questionnaire has been designed to collect responses both from professionals who do and do not conduct public communication and/or outreach activities. We would, therefore, appreciate your response even if you do not partake in any public communication activities. The questionnaire will take between 5 and 20 minutes to complete, depending on the nature of your outreach activities. Please be honest in your responses, as all responses will be anonymised.

The study is being carried out by the Lisbon University Institute and the London School of Economics and supported by the European Southern Observatory, Leiden Observatory and the International Astronomical Union.

As a small-thank you, we will donate mounted images and books from the European Southern Observatory to 10 survey participants picked at random. Please include your email at the end of the questionnaire to take part in the prize draw.

We thank you very much for your time and participation.

Click below to take the survey:


Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:


Kind regards,

Marta Entradas

Researcher at Lisbon University Institute,

Visiting Scholar at London School of Economics

Fulbright Scholar at Cornell University 2015–2016

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