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Earth & Space Science: Making Connections in Education and Public Outreach

A Symposium on Improving the Community of Practice for EPO Professionals

Sunday evening, August 1 through Wednesday afternoon, August 4

Symposium Overview

Everyone working in earth & space science EPO is invited to consider how best to share the results of our work with each other and the public, how to improve our practice, and how to make connections across science disciplines. Much of the symposium will be in the format of hands-on sessions, where we will practice effective techniques for sharing and discussing our work. Poster papers, panels, special interest group meetings, and short ten-minute oral reports will also be part of the program.

EPO symposium participants will include scientists, NASA- and NSF-funded EPO program professionals, K-12 teachers, university educators, informal educators (e.g. museums, planetariums, parks), public communicators, web masters, bloggers, science writers, and other EPO professionals. All are welcome who work on or support EPO projects in astronomy, space science, earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, physics, astrophysics, astrobiology and other science fields.

Click here for instructions to register for the Earth & Space Science EPO symposium.

Submitting an Abstract

The Earth & Space Science EPO Symposium program committee welcomes four kinds of abstracts:

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

b. Ten-minute Oral Reports. 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.

c. Hands-on Workshops/Sessions of One-hour Duration. These sessions should 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.

d. Special Interest Group Meetings of One-hour Duration. These bring together EPO symposium participants with a common interest, for discussion under the leadership of a facilitator. Groups might focus on specific EPO audiences (e.g. afterschool programs), strategies (e.g. new media), challenges (e.g. collecting evaluation data), or science content areas (e.g. climate change). We encourage you to propose such a meeting and nominate a facilitator.

Click here for instructions and a form to submit an abstract. The late abstracts deadline is May 28, 2010.

The Earth & Space Science EPO program committee is arranging a number of plenary talks or panels to complement the above sessions.


For the EPO symposium, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific will publish formal proceedings to provide a written overview and summary of the papers and sessions, and serve as a reference for education and outreach practitioners. It also provides an opportunity for presenters to publish their work. Please check the appropriate box on the meeting registration form to reserve your copy of the volume. The cost this year will be $45, a discount from the regular price of the ASP Conference Series. For details, including how to submit your papers and presentations and the deadlines, go to the proceedings page. Questions about the conference volume can be addressed to: 2010proceedings {at}

Any questions? Please direct them to: 2010meeting {at}





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