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Your Night out under the Stars: Reaching beyond Native Audiences

F. Bossema, J. Retrê, S. Pereira, P. Russo

To invite an international audience to engage with astronomy in Lisbon, we organised an outreach event with lectures, workshops and observations with telescopes. The event was held in the evening, was attended by 203 people and was aimed mainly at young adults visiting or living in Lisbon, as well as families. We aimed to give a large number of people of diverse nationalities the opportunity to interact with researchers and be inspired by astronomy, while enjoying a nice evening out. Lisbon is a trendy tourist destination, and we used this event to project a more international image of Instituto de Astrofisica e Ciencias do Espaco (IA). This event was organised by IA in Lisbon, in collaboration with Leiden University (the Netherlands) and the Planetario Calouste Gulbenkian - Centro Ciencia Viva (Lisbon). In this paper, we outline the methods chosen to achieve these goals, how they were implemented in practice and discuss the effect of the chosen methods. We also share suggestions for organisers of similar events in the future.

Public engagement; public events; astronomy workshops

Communicating Astronomy with the Public
Issue 24, Page 9
2018 October

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia