Thursday, September 14, 2017

AAS Outreach Workshop

A Workshop for Early-Career Astronomers 
Who Want to Do Better Outreach to Students & the Public

Sunday-Monday, 7-8 January 2018, in conjunction with the 231st meeting of the American Astronomical Society in National Harbor, MD, near Washington, DC.

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is sponsoring a skill-building workshop -- and an ongoing community -- to support early-career astronomers in doing effective outreach to schools, families, and the public. Working with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and other outreach organizations, the AAS Astronomy Ambassadors program (now in its sixth year) offers you two days of hands-on training, extensive resources, and pre-tested activities -- plus a like-minded group of peers. If you are a graduate student, postdoc, new faculty, or advanced undergraduate committed to a career in the astronomical sciences, and if you’re interested in spending a small fraction of your time helping laypersons become more scientifically literate, this is an invitation to sharpen your outreach skills and join the growing AAS Astronomy Ambassadors community.

The sixth annual AAS Astronomy Ambassadors workshop will be held on the Sunday and Monday before the start of the 231st AAS meeting, 7-8 January 2018. Participants will spend two active days learning techniques, examining selected materials, and getting to know each other and an existing community of astronomers doing and supporting outreach. There will be sessions appropriate for those who have done outreach already and for those who are just beginners. No experience is required. We especially want to encourage participation by members of groups underrepresented in science.

Workshop costs are being underwritten by the AAS Board of Trustees, so registration (for the workshop only, not for the AAS meeting), materials, and two days’ lunches are free. We can also reimburse you for up to two nights’ lodging if your attendance at the workshop requires you to travel to the meeting venue earlier than you otherwise would.

Applications are due by 19 October 2017, and applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program before the meeting’s regular registration deadline of 2 November 2017.

For more information about the AAS Astronomy Ambassadors program, see 

For more information about the workshop and a link to the online application, see 

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