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2014 EPO Overview

Annual Meeting Overview

Professionals and volunteers/amateurs working in EPO (education & public outreach), science communication, and citizen science in astronomy, earth and space science, and related fields, are invited to consider how best to share the results of their work with each other and the public, how to improve their practice, and how to make connections across science disciplines. Much of the Meeting will be in the format of hands-on sessions, where we will practice effective techniques for sharing and discussing our work.

Conference participants will include scientists, NASA- and NSF-funded EPO program professionals, K-12 teachers, university educators, informal educators (from museums, planetariums, parks and other venues), public communicators, amateur astronomers, citizen scientists, web masters, bloggers, science writers, and other EPO professionals.

The Meeting Program Committee is arranging plenary speakers and panels to complement the conference sessions. The committee is also organizing concurrent special sessions (one hour workshop and/or discussion formats) to tackle “hot topics” with greater opportunity for audience participation. Suggestions on plenary and special sessions can be brought to the attention of program committee members by emailing Greg Schultz at: gschultz {at}

Please note Annual Meeting special events including a GTTP educator’s workshop (August 2-3), Supporters Luncheon (Aug 4), ASP 2013 Awards Banquet (Aug 5), Closing Ceremony (Aug 6), and other networking opportunities.

Please also stay tuned for more information about the 2014 Annual Meeting App, which will feature exciting new tools for making the most of your Meeting experience!

Please follow this link to the ASP 2014 Annual Meeting registration page

Submitting an Abstract

The EPO Program Committee welcomes five kinds of abstracts:

I. Poster Papers. These can discuss educational research, evaluation results, innovative EPO ideas, new media strategies, or other projects, programs, initiatives, results and lessons learned.

II. Ten-minute Oral Presentations. Likewise, these can discuss educational research, evaluation results, innovative EPO ideas, new media strategies, etc. — but in a tight eight-minute presentation focusing on announcements, key points, and references for further investigation. Two minutes should be saved for Q&A with the audience.

III. Hands-on Workshops/Sessions, One hour duration. These sessions showcase techniques, approaches or materials that impact significantly on our EPO audiences. We expect more workshop proposals than we have time, so try to make your proposal as useful and hands-on as possible. Including colleagues from other institutions is always a plus. The program committee much prefers sessions that are participatory and allow attendees to learn new skills.

IV. Special Interest Group (SIG) Discussions, One hour duration. These bring together EPO conference participants with a common interest, for discussion under the leadership of a facilitator. Groups might focus on specific EPO audiences (e.g. afterschool programs), communication strategies (e.g. new media), challenges (e.g. collecting evaluation data), or science content areas (e.g. climate change). We encourage you to nominate one or more facilitators when you propose such a session.

V. Two-Hour Special Sessions, in either Workshop or SIG format. The select sessions will allow more in-depth exploration than the one-hour sessions, and may follow either the Workshop or SIG format described above. Proposers must convey why their sessions should warrant two hours.


Following the EPO Meeting, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific will publish formal proceedings to provide a written overview and summary of the papers and sessions. The proceedings will serve as a reference for education and outreach practitioners, and also presenters to publish their work. All registered participants will receive a copy. For details, including how to submit your papers and presentations and the deadlines, go to the proceedings page.