The United Nations/Spain and the IAU Workshop on Dark and Quiet Skies for Science and Society

 

PROGRAMME of the Dark and Quiet Skies for Science and Society Workshop

The online workshop takes place on Zoom from 15:00 UTC to 17:00 UTC (=17:00 to 19:00 Central European Summer Time) on 5, 6, 7 and 9 October. On 8 October it will last from 15:00 -- 18:00 UTC.  (17:00--20:00 CEST). 

The online workshop will present initial findings from 5 working groups of the Scientific Organising Committee (SOC), for discussion. Presentations will first be made by the SOC and open discussions will follow. Each day of the workshop focuses on a different topic. 

Monday 5 October - "REPORT ON THE DARK SKIES OASIS WORKING GROUP"

Time (UTC)

Speaker

Title

15:00

Nathalie Ricard

Welcome & Introduction of UNOOSA Director

 

Simonetta Di Pippo

(video)

Welcome from UNOOSA

 

Kathy Nield

(Moderator)

Introductions for the Dark Skies Oases WG presenters

 

John Hearnshaw
 (WG Chair)

An introduction to skyglow from artifical light at night

 

John Barentine

Dark Sky Oasis classifications and the International Dark Sky Places Programme

 

Antonia Varela Perez

(WG co-chair)

The Starlight Foundation: the commitment with the Starlight Declaration

 

Costis Bouroussis

The evolution of light sources and luminaire technology

 

Antonia Varela Perez

(WG co-chair)

The values of dark sky oases. Starlight Tourist Destinations.

 

John Hearnshaw
(WG Chair)

Recommendations to COPUOS

 

DISCUSSION

Questions and Answers

17:00

End of Session

 

Tuesday 6 October – "REPORT ON THE BIO-ENVIRONMENT WORKING GROUP"

Time (UTC)

Speaker

Title

15:00

Connie Walker

Welcome & Introduction of NOIRLab Director

 

Pat McCarthy

Welcome

 

James Lowenthal

(Moderator)

Introductions for the Bio-Environment WG presenters

 

Luc Schlangen

The effect of light on circadian rhythms and melatonin

 

Mario Motta

Human health effects of light at night

 

Sibylle Shroer

Effects of anthropogenic light at night on flora and fauna

 

Annika Jägerbrand

  Protecting humans and ecosystems from anthropogenic light at night

 

DISCUSSION

Questions and Answers

17:00

End of Session

 

 

Wednesday 7 October - "REPORT ON THE OPTICAL ASTRONOMY WORKING GROUP"

Time (UTC)

Speaker

Title

15:00

José Miguel Rodriguez Espinosa

Welcome & Introduce IAC Director

 

Rafael Rebolo- IAC Director

Welcome

 

Casiana Muñoz-Tuñon (Moderator)

Introductions for the Optical Astronomy WG presenters

 

Richard Green

Dark Sky Protection for Optical Observatories

 

Dionýz Gašparovský

Outdoor lighting recommendations and protection of observatories

 

Martin Aubé

Dark sky protection measures near optical observatories

 

DISCUSSION

Questions and Answers

17:00

End of Session

 

Thursday 8 October –  "REPORT ON THE SATELITES CONSTELLATION WORKING GROUP"

Time (UTC)

Speaker

Title

15:00

Piero Benvenuti

Welcome & Introduction of IAU President

 

Ewine van Dishoeck

Welcome

 

Observations WG

 

 

Oli Hainaut (Moderator)

Things to know: some zoom etiquette & zoom tools. Also introductions for the Observations WG presenters

 

Jeremy Tregloan-Reed

Observations WG: Results from the Universidad de Antofagasta LEO satellites Observations Team

 

Harrison Krantz

Observations WG: Results from the POMENIS Telescope (University of Arizona, Steward Observatory),  LEO
satellites Observations Team

 

Angel Otarola

Observations WG: Lessons Learned & Recommendations

 

Simulations WG

 

 

Oli Hainaut (Moderator)

Introductions for Simulations WG presenters

 

David Galadí (Simulations WG)

Simulating the impact of large satellite constellations on optical astronomy

 

Mitigations WG

 

 

Sara Lucatello (Moderator)

Introductions for Mitigations WG presenters

 

Genoveva Micheva & Meredith Rawls

Mitigating the impacts of satellite constellations on astronomy

 

BREAK

 

 

Recommendations WG

 

 

Sara Lucatello (Moderator)

Introductions for Recommendations WG presenters

 

Patricia Cooper

Industry perspectives

 

Andrew Williams

Astronomy community, industry and policymaker recommendations

 

DISCUSSION

Questions and Answers

18:00

End of Session

 

 

 Friday 9 October - "REPORT ON THE RADIO ASTRONOMY WORKING GROUP"

Time (UTC)

Speaker

Title

15:00

Casiana Muñoz Tuñon

Welcome & Introduction of Guest from Spain's Ministry

 

Pedro Duque- Minister of Science of the Government of Spain.

   Welcome and announce the Conference of April 2021

 

Harvey Liszt (Moderator)

Introductions for the Radio Astronomy WG presenters

 

Harvey Liszt

Radio Astronomy As a Discipline

 

Harvey Liszt

Radio Spectrum is for everyone

 

Liese Van Zee

Regulations for spectrum for radio astronomy

 

Federico di Vruno

Risks to radio astronomy

 

Harvey Liszt

The way forward in practices and recommendations

 

DISCUSSION

Questions and Answers

17:00

End of Session