Astronomy has a special place in the field of science education and public engagement with science. During the last half century astronomy has become a “big science” with observational facilities being so expensive that collaboration across countries and even globally are required to fund them. It brings together nations within international organisations and collaborations. Following the same trend, astronomy education and public outreach (EPO) is also a global endeavour, involving thousands of organisers and reaching millions of individuals. In this talk I will explore the features, characteristics, constraints, and challenges in designing, implementing, and evaluating global collaborative programmes in astronomy education and public outreach. I will discuss several innovations and the importance of centralised coordination in ensuring that large global science EPO projects result in sustainable outcomes.
2015 October 30, 15:00
Observatůrio Astronůmico de Lisboa (Seminar room)
Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-018 Lisboa