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AAS/DPS Astronomy Ambassadors Workshop

Workshop for Early-Career AAS/DPS Members:
Resources & Techniques for Effective Outreach to Students & the Public

9 November 2014, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm MST
JW Marriott Starr Pass, Tucson, Arizona

It's nice to be in touch with a regular group of people who are dedicated to bringing astronomy into the lives of the public."

"It was really helpful to see things demonstrated during the workshop, not just written on a page."

"The workshop showed me the difference between having your audience participate and having them just sit and listen."

Comments from past Astronomy Ambassadors workshop participants


Update as of 12 September 2014: Applications for the Tucson workshop are now closed; the deadline of 11 September 2014 has passed. The next AAS Astronomy Ambassadors workshop — a full two-day version — will be held at the 225th AAS meeting in Seattle, Washington, 3-4 January 2015. Applications for the Seattle workshop will be accepted until 20 October 2014.


The Astronomy Ambassadors program is offering a concise one-day version of our usual two-day workshop at the 46th annual DPS meeting in Tucson, Arizona, on Sunday, 9 November 2014. During this workshop you will:

  • Learn strategies and techniques to improve your presentation skills;
  • Learn to communicate more effectively with public and school audiences;
  • Learn to reach your audiences with personal stories, hands-on activities, and jargon-free language;
  • Learn to find outreach opportunities and establish ongoing partnerships with schools, museums, parks, and/or community centers in your area;
  • Gain access to a menu of outreach resources that work in a variety of settings;
  • Become part of an active community of astronomers and planetary scientists who do outreach.

Participation in the program includes:

  • A few hours of pre-workshop online activities to help us get to know your needs;
  • The one-day workshop at the 46th DPS meeting in Tucson, Arizona;
  • Certification as an AAS/DPS Astronomy Ambassador, once you have logged three successful outreach events.

The workshop includes presenters from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), the AAS's principal partner in creating the Astronomy Ambassadors program.

Participants will include graduate students and postdocs/new faculty in their first few years after receipt of their PhD; advanced undergraduates doing research and committed to continuing in astronomy or planetary science may also apply. Early-career astronomers and planetary scientists who are interested in doing outreach, but who haven't done much yet, are encouraged to apply; we will have sessions appropriate for both those who have done some outreach already and those just starting their outreach adventures. We especially want to encourage the participation of members of groups that are presently underrepresented in science.

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