Letters of Intent received in 2018

LoI 2020-2047
International (Non-GA) Symposium on Education in Astronomy and Astrobiology

Date: 7 September 2020 to 11 September 2020
Location: Málaga/Marbella, Spain
Contact: Alberto J. Castro-Tirado (ajct@iaa.es)
Coordinating division: Division C Education, Outreach and Heritage
Other divisions: Division D High Energy Phenomena and Fundamental Physics
Division F Planetary Systems and Astrobiology
Co-Chairs of SOC: Alberto J. Castro-Tirado (IAA-CSIC)
Muriel Gargaud (Bordeaux Université)
Urban Eriksson (Lund Universitet)
Co-Chairs of LOC: Francisco Javier Pérez Cáceres (Educación/Junta de Andalucía y UGR)
Alberto Castellón Serrano (UMA)
Blanca Troughton Luque (FAAE and Educación/Junta de Andalucía)



-Astronomy in developing countries. What is done and what we plan to be done
-Getting handicapped acquainted with Astronomy and Astrobiology
-History of Astronomy and new insights
-Influence of Astronomy Education in other disciplines
-Innovation in Research Methodologies and Instrumentation (Planetariums incl.)
-Innovative Teaching and the new assessment methods
-Promoting Astronomy and Astrobiology at high schools
-Public Outreach: from the offices to the pubs (or to anywhere!)
-Robotic observatories: wonderful tool for public outreach
-Teaching about the new era of Gravitational Waves



This Symposiun is designed to bring education research in astronomy in general, and in astrobiology in particular, to the professional scientific community.

Education has always played a large role in the field of astrobiology and in part this workshop is a follow-up to the successful International Workshop on Education in Astrobiology (IWEA) held in Höör, Sweden (2013) and Utrecht, The Netherlands (2017). On the other hand, education research has seldom been the main subject in IAU events, yet the scientific results from this field have a great potential to improve the teaching and learning of astronomy for students of all ages. New results and research methodologies from the cognitive and learning sciences domains can, however, be of large influence on the work of educators (for example the use of robotic telescopes at the other side of the world to teach students during regular daytime lessons). Very few professional astronomers are fully aware of the results from astronomy education research.

With this third meeting in astronomy education and in combination with the growing subdiscipline astrobiology, we aim to strengthen both fields through cross teaching collaborations. The symposium is designed specifically to expand awareness of the results of the cognitive and learning sciences, as well as to provide a forum for active scholars in astronomy and astrobiology education, and get handicapped acquainted with Astronomy and Astrobiology. Moreover, by the planned time of the Symposium (Sep 2020), the O3 LIGO/Virgo run would have ended few months earlier, so a plethora of discoveries will need to be reported and explained to a wider audience in the newly opened Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy.