Virtual Workshop: Preparing for the 2023 & 2024 American Solar Eclipses
Richard Fienberg American Astronomical Society
The AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force invites you to join us for a virtual eclipse-planning workshop to be held Friday-Saturday, 8-9 April 2022 online via Zoom. This event will bring together astronomers, educators, local and state officials, and others involved (or wanting to become involved) in preparing their communities for the 2023 and 2024 North American solar eclipses. Each day's program will run from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm PT (12 pm to 5 pm ET).
The workshop will feature talks, panel discussions, and breakout sessions on strategies for eclipse-related engagement. Several sessions will focus on best practices in formal and informal education and public outreach, including effective ways to reach underserved and indigenous populations. We'll also have an introductory session suitable for newcomers to eclipse planning to bring you up to speed on the 2023 and 2024 eclipses and to point you to appropriate resources to help your community prepare for them.
Advance registration is required; the fee is $20. If you cannot afford to pay, email the AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force to explain your situation, and we'll consider granting a fee waiver.
Click the button below to register and pay your $20 fee. (If you are not a member of the AAS and don't already have an account with us, you will need to create one — but you do not have to join the Society in the process.) You'll then receive two emails: (1) a receipt from [email protected] with the subject "American Astronomical Society - Order Confirmation" and (2) a message from [email protected] with the subject "Eclipse Planning Workshop: More Information." If you don't see these emails in your in-box, check your spam/junk folder.
Who Should Attend
This workshop, part of an ongoing series launched before the August 2017 "Great American" eclipse, is for everyone involved in helping to ensure that residents and visitors across North America have safe, enjoyable, and inspiring experiences during the 2023 and 2024 solar eclipses. Among attendees are the following:
- Professional astronomers
- Amateur astronomers
- Formal educators (e.g., teachers, superintendents, school board members)
- Informal educators (e.g., at museums, planetariums, libraries)
- Science writers, broadcast meteorologists, and other media
- Representatives of tourism and visitors bureaus, Chambers of Commerce, etc.
- Owners and managers in the hospitality industry (e.g., at hotels, motels, B&Bs, campgrounds)
- Representatives of local, state, and national parks or forests
- Elected officials of local, state, and national government
- Officials from local, state, and national departments of transportation
- Representatives of federal science agencies, national labs, etc.
- Officials from local and state law-enforcement agencies
- Representatives of local, state, and national emergency-management organizations
- Eclipse tour operators
- Manufacturers and dealers of solar filters/viewers and other astronomical equipment
Whether your community lies inside or outside the path of annularity (October 2023) or totality (April 2024), this workshop is for you!