Japan will host the world’s largest conference on astronomy communication: Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2018 (CAP 2018). Professionals from science communication, informal education, planetariums and science centres, as well as professional and amateur astronomers, journalists, and creatives, are all invited to attend the event at the brand new Fukuoka City Science Museum to exchange ideas and best practice.
The Scientific Organising Committee (SOC) is inviting proposals for presentations about lessons learned, resources, studies, and hands-on activities; all under the central theme of Communicating Astronomy in Today’s World: Purpose and Methods. Until 15 October 2017, proposals for oral presentations, posters, and workshops can be submitted via the contribution submission form.
The categories are:
* Current Challenges in Astronomy Communication;
* Best Practice in Public Outreach;
* Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Empathy in Communicating Astronomy;
* Astronomy Communication for a Better World;
* The Media’s Role in Astronomy Communication;
* Using Multimedia, Social Media, Immersive Environments, and other Technologies for Public Engagement with Astronomy;
* Special Topic: Public Engagement Opportunities during the IAU Centennial Celebration.
Participants will also have the opportunity to put their own topics on the event agenda during the “unconference” slots. Networking activities will encourage learning from peers, identifying potential partners, and strengthening the bond between Asian-Pacific and international science communicators.
The SOC is also planning two special sessions:
* One session in which participants can ask for help or provide help to others on specific ongoing or future projects;
* One session dedicated to the 2019 celebrations of the IAU centennial anniversary and 10 years since the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
Anyone who wants to submit a proposal for a presentation should first register in order to receive an Inquiry Number. You do not need to complete payment to receive this number, but to benefit from the Early Registration fees, you should complete payment before the above-mentioned deadlines.
The International Astronomical Union will offer grants to selected participants from around the world, while the Local Organising Committee will provide additional grants to participants from Asian-Pacific developing countries to promote the professionalisation of science communication in the region.
* Registration and abstract submission open 1 May 2017
* Grant application opens 15 May 2017
* Grant application deadline 15 September 2017
* Grant winners announcement 1 November 2017
* Abstract submission deadline 15 October 2017
* Abstract selection announcement 30 November 2017
* Early registration deadline 15 December 2017
* First version of program published 30 January 2018
* Standard registration deadline 28 February 2018
* CAP 2018 Conference 24–28 March 2018
The full text of this call is available here.