Friday, February 11, 2011

National Science Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Conference

Annual EPO Conference from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), in Partnership This Year with the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI).

Saturday, July 30 - Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Tremont Plaza Hotel, Baltimore Maryland

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) invite you to join us for a national conference on science education and public outreach, held in conjunction with ASP's 123rd Annual Meeting. The conference will gather professionals in Earth science, space science, and other science disciplines to meet, share their work, and learn from the work of others - to make connections, forge collaborations, and advance efforts to create more integrated science education approaches to serve our audiences.

The conference, with the theme of "Connecting People to Science," will be held at the Tremont Plaza Hotel in Baltimore, a few blocks north of the Inner Harbor in the city's downtown area and close to restaurants and attractions. The conference proper will be held Monday through Wednesday, August 1-3, with special events the preceding weekend, July 30-31. Conference sessions will take place in the completely restored Baltimore Masonic Temple building, providing a unique and beautiful setting for learning what's up, sharing our experience and results, improving our practice, and making connections with each other across science disciplines.

Please mark your calendars for this "hands-on," intellectually stimulating meeting for everyone involved in science education and public outreach. Visit the conference web site, and sign up there to receive more information about the meeting as it becomes available, and come back often as the conference web site grows. Watch for announcements of special co-hosts, co-sponsors, speakers, events, and the call for abstracts between now and spring.

We encourage AGU members and other science EPO professionals to share their experience and expertise via posters, short oral presentations, and/or longer workshops and special interest group sessions. Plenary sessions and panels will explore areas of common interest and how we might better connect our science education efforts and serve our audiences. We're all about the business of connecting people to science -- with a variety of sciences in a variety of ways. Come to Baltimore this summer to connect with your colleagues and advance our combined efforts to create a science-literate and science-rich future!


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