ann23022 — Announcement

Cover of CAPjournal #32
21 June 2023
CAPjournal Issue 32 Now Available
The IAU’s Journal on Communicating Astronomy with the Public

The 32nd issue of the Communicating Astronomy with the Public Journal (CAPjournal) is out now! In 2022 the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) co-organised, alongside the IAU Commission C2 Communicating Astronomy with the Public, the first hybrid Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP) Conference, held in Sydney, Australia. CAP Conference is the world's largest conference dedicated to astronomy communication and in 2022 we saw 111 in-person and 130 online participants from 44 countries. The conference itself featured five keynote speakers, 30 invited talks, 92 parallel talks, two discussion panels, 13 workshops, 48 posters, and sessions for in-person, hybrid, and virtual participation alike.

This Special Edition of CAPjournal honours some of the highest-rated works of the 2022 CAP Conference, each exemplifying the conference theme: Astronomy for a Better World. With this edition, we continue to work to professionalise our journal — in keeping with industry standards — and provide a useful resource for astronomy communicators. Keep an eye on the CAPjournal website for highlights of these changes in the coming months, or renew your subscription to CAPjournal.

In this issue we present articles that: link astronomy and climate change and suggest things we can all do to preserve our planet for the future; highlight the importance of astronomy for mental health; exemplify how to make astronomy more accessible; and detail the important connection outreach teams can make with institutions like libraries. All of this, and more, is featured in this free, peer-reviewed journal for astronomy communicators — now available to download.

More Information

The IAU is the international astronomical organisation that brings together more than 12 000 active professional astronomers from more than 100 countries worldwide. Its mission is to promote and safeguard astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation. The IAU also serves as the internationally recognised authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and the surface features on them. Founded in 1919, the IAU is the world’s largest professional body for astronomers.

The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) is a joint project of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). The mission of the OAO is to engage the public in astronomy through access to astronomical information and communication of the science of astronomy. This is implemented through a network of IAU National Outreach Coordinators (NOCs) and the IAU’s public engagement initiatives. The work of the OAO is about building bridges between the IAU and the global astronomy community of amateur astronomers, outreach professionals, educators, communicators, and the general public, and through international collaboration, to make the science of astronomy accessible to all.



Lina Canas
IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach, Director
CAPjournal, Editor-in-Chief
Tel. +81-(0)422-34-3966

Kelly Blumenthal
IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach, Deputy Director
CAPjournal, Managing Editor
Tel. +81-(0)80-8841-3569

Lars Lindberg Christensen
IAU Press Officer
Cell: +1 520 461 0433/+49 173 38 72 621

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Cover of CAPjournal #32