[ASA] Fwd: Invitation to the IAU Centre Listening Sessions

Matthew Colless matthew.colless at anu.edu.au
Thu Mar 3 22:17:55 AEDT 2022

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From: Piero Benvenuti <piero.benvenuti at unipd.it<mailto:piero.benvenuti at unipd.it>>
Subject: Invitation to the IAU Centre Listening Sessions
Date: 3 March 2022 at 09:45:01
To: Piero Benvenuti <piero.benvenuti at unipd.it<mailto:piero.benvenuti at unipd.it>>, Connie Walker <connie.walker at noirlab.edu<mailto:connie.walker at noirlab.edu>>, "Di Vruno, Federico" <Federico.DiVruno at skao.int<mailto:Federico.DiVruno at skao.int>>

Distinguished Delegates and dear Colleagues,

I am contacting you because of the interest you expressed for the Working Paper on the protection of dark and quiet sky which was presented under Item 18 in the recent 59th STSC Session. The IAU is very grateful for your excellent support.

Please find below an invitation by the new IAU Centre to a series of "listening sessions" aimed at involving all interested parties in the planning of the Centre's activities. We will be glad if you would extend this invitation to any person you think might be interested in participating.

Best regards,
Piero Benvenuti
Director, IAU Centre

Dear Colleagues,

The IAU Centre for the Protection of Dark and Quiet Sky from Satellite Constellation Interference will start its operations on April 1st, 2022. The Centre working plan stems from the excellent contributions produced by the Working Groups that co-organized the Workshops SATCON 1 & 2 and the Conferences “Dark and Quiet Skies for Science and Society" I & II which analyzed in detail the interference caused to astronomy by the satellite constellations and outlined possible mitigation strategies.

The Centre therefore will not begin its activities from scratch, rather it intends to continue the path initiated by the Working Groups, coordinating and fostering the contributions of all those individuals and Institutions that feel committed to implement the mitigating solutions that have been outlined by the above Workshops and Conferences.

In order to produce a first Working Plan that is coherent with the expectations of the astronomical community and of the industrial stakeholders, the Management Team of the Centre has decided to hold a series of “listening sessions”, open to all interested parties, with the aim of consolidating our vision and assess its adequacy and feasibility.

For sake of efficiency the sessions are organized according to the 4 core areas of activity of the Centre (SatHub, Industry and Technology, Policy, Community Engagement) and are repeated twice during the second and third week of March, running from Tuesday to Friday, at 16 UT and 05 UT respectively to accommodate both halves of the world.

The detailed information on the listening sessions, including their schedule and registration form, is available at https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/pziGCJyBrGfqN6W5YfVW5J9?domain=iau.org<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/F9O0CK1DvKT2VXymnivcM5X?domain=aus01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com>. You are warmly invited to participate and please extend the invitation to all parties you think might be interested.

Looking forward to meeting you online,

Best regards,

The Centre Management Team
Piero Benvenuti
Federico Di Vruno
Constance Walker

Emeritus, University of Padova

Professor Matthew Colless <matthew.colless at anu.edu.au<mailto:matthew.colless at anu.edu.au>>
Director, Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics
The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Work: +61-2-6125-0266 Mobile:+61-431-898-345

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