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Title: IYA09 - Denmark


1
IYA09 - Denmark
www.astrofysik.dk
  • Kristian Pedersen
  • IDA, DARK, NBI, KU

2
The astro landscape in Denmark
  • Research institutions (Universities in Cph,
    Århus, Technical University, Danish Space Center
    gt Astronomisk Udvalg)
  • Public University, Folkeuniversitetet
  • High schools, Gymnasiums
  • Primary schools
  • Centres for educating primary school teachers,
    Seminarier
  • Planetariums (Cph., Århus, Jels,...)
  • Science Centres (Experimentarium, Danfoss
    Universe,...)
  • Museums (Steno, Kroppedal, Technical Museum,
    National Museum,...)
  • Amateur astro societies clubs (Astronomisk
    Selskab, Astronomibladet, local clubs, small
    observatories...)

3
Set up
  • National committee lead by SPOC
  • Coordinate (regular meetings, web site,...)
  • Initiate and run (some of the) larger, national
    activities (which otherwise wouldnt have
    materialised)
  • Inspire and encourage local activities
  • Approve activities under IYA09 umbrella
  • Get funding
  • Announcing activities/events
  • Let the local initiatives flourish! (guided
    anarchy - not too much interference from national
    committee)

4
Philosophy
  • Involve all levels in education system
  • Involve all ages of the population
  • Focus on interdisciplinarity Astronomy, society,
    man,...
  • Activate main players already out there (Science
    museums to amateurs to...)
  • 4 main themes?
  • Danish astro history Tycho, Rømer, Strömgren,...
  • What is Astronomy? Man (woman) and the Universe
  • Current Danish Astronomy research (GRBs,
    asteroseismology,...)
  • Do-it-yourself-Astronomy Backyard observations,
    laptop activities,...

5
Approach
  • Set up measureable goals, milestones, and time
    line
  • Few high profile national events/activities
    involving sizeable fraction of population (gt10?)
    by national committee
  • Lots of local/regional events/activities
    organized by locals, coordinated by national
    committee
  • Evaluation, recommendations (along the way
    after IYA09),

6
Specific ideas - national scale
  • Solar System Cycle Tour
  • Web based Solar System scaling activities
    (combined with city and country maps)
  • School telescope building projects
  • Experimentarium major exhibition in 2009 on the
    Universe
  • National Museum exhibition on Rømer
  • Tycho exhibition at University of Copenhagen
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