[ASC-list] Seed Grants for International Year of Astronomy Activities

Phil Dooley p.dooley at physics.usyd.edu.au
Thu Feb 19 07:03:56 UTC 2009

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> From: John O'Byrne <j.obyrne at physics.usyd.edu.au>
> Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 13:29:54 +1100

> To Physics staff and students:
> (apologies to those who receive this more than once)
> The Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) is sponsoring a small program to
> support community activities during the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.
> Details are given below and repeated in an attached pdf file.  This is an
> initiative of the ASA's Education and Public Outreach Committee (EPOC).
> We would welcome your assistance in distributing this information as widely as
> possible.  We are placing an emphasis on reaching 'new' audiences so, while we
> very much welcome proposals from amateur astronomy societies, consider what
> other community organisations, artists, musicians or other individuals may
> have a good idea and pass this information along.
> Thanks for your help.
> John
> [more information on IYA in Australia can be found at
> http://www.astronomy2009.org.au
> For IYA in the School of Physics see http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/iya]
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> International Year of Astronomy (IYA)
> Seed Grants for IYA Activities
> The International Year of Astronomy (IYA) presents us with an opportunity to
> raise the public awareness of astronomy, promote science and astronomy as a
> valued part of modern culture and encourage awareness of the natural world. It
> is a chance to celebrate all that we already know about the universe, and all
> we have yet to learn.
> The Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) and it individual members are
> actively engaged in a wide range of IYA activities.  Many members of the
> amateur astronomy, education and public science communities also have well
> developed plans for the year. The ASA would like to promote new activities,
> especially those seeking to engage new audiences, not usually reached by
> astronomical outreach activities. These Œnew¹ audiences might be reached by a
> non-traditional approach to bringing science and astronomy to the public, but
> any proposal is of interest.
> We are therefore inviting applications for seed funding from individuals and
> organisations who are planning IYA outreach activities.  Available funds are
> modest, so a small number of projects will be funded up to a maximum of $1500.
> To apply for support, send a proposal of not more than 2 pages outlining:
> * The nature of your activity,
> * the target audience,
> * other support you have (in-kind or financial),
> * when you are expecting to hold the event,
> * potential for media coverage, and
> * your contact details.
> Priority is likely to be given to events that engage the wider community,
> especially those reaching a Œnew¹ audience.  This might simply mean a
> non-traditional approach to bringing science and astronomy to the general
> public, but any proposal will be considered.
> Submit your proposal (email is strongly preferred) to the ASA Joint Secretary:
> Dr John O'Byrne                                    Ph : 61-2-9351-3184
> School of Physics                                   Fax: 61-2-9351-7726
> University of Sydney                              Email:
> j.obyrne at physics.usyd.edu.au
> NSW Australia 2006
> The closing date for proposals is Friday 27 March and we anticipate finalising
> awards by the end of April.  Urgent requests may be considered earlier.
> ==============================================
> 2009 - The International Year of Astronomy
>     http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/iya
> ==============================================
> Dr John O'Byrne
> Senior Lecturer
> Chair, Academic Programs Committee
> Secretary, Astronomical Society of Australia Inc.
> Room 568, Physics Annexe A29
> Sydney Institute for Astronomy
> School of Physics
> University of Sydney
> Tel: +61-2-9351-3184      Email: j.obyrne at physics.usyd.edu.au
> Fax: +61-2-9351-7726     Web:   www.physics.usyd.edu.au/~obyrne/
> <http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/~obyrne/>
> ==============================================
> GetUp!  (http://www.getup.org.au/)
> This email uses 100% recycled words and ideas.
> Do you really need to print it?
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