C2 – Commission C2 Communicating Astronomy with the Public


It is the responsibility of every practising astronomer to play some role in explaining the interest and value of science to our real employers, the taxpayers of the world. IAU Commission C2 has the following objectives:

  • To encourage and enable a much larger fraction of the astronomical community to take an active role in explaining what we do (and why) to our fellow citizens.
  • To act as an international, impartial coordinating entity that furthers the recognition of outreach and public communication on all levels in astronomy.
  • To encourage international collaborations on outreach and public communication.
  • To endorse standards, best practices and requirements for public communication.

    Commission Web Page

    Commission Members (284)

    Under Division

    Division C Education, Outreach and Heritage

    Commission Working Groups

    Commission C2 WG CAP Conferences
    Commission C2 WG CAP Journal
    Commission C2 WG Science Communication Research in Astronomy
    Inter-Commission B2-C1-C2 WG Data Driven Astronomy Education and Public Outreach (DAEPO)

    Richard Tresch Fienberg

    American Astronomical Society
    43 Everett Ave.
    Watertown MA 02472-1881
    Massachusetts (MA)
    United States

    Phone: +1 857-891-5649
    Email 1: rickfienbergaasorg
    Email 2: rickfienbergcomcastnet
    Organization website: http://aas.org/

    NCA adherence: United States

    Last updated:
    September 14, 2018

    Oana Sandu (Barbulete)

    European Southern Observatory
    Education and Public Outreach Department
    Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
    85748 Garching bei München

    Phone: +49 8932006965
    Email: osandupartneresoorg
    Personal website: http://astronomycommunication.org/
    Organization website: http://www.eso.org/public/

    NCA adherence: Germany

    Last updated:
    July 19, 2018

    Michael John West

    Lowell Observatory
    Deputy Director for Science
    1400 West Mars Hill Road
    Flagstaff 86001
    Arizona (AZ)
    United States

    Phone: +1 928-233-3247
    Email: mwestlowelledu
    Organization website: http://www.lowell.edu

    NCA adherence: United States

    Last updated:
    December 4, 2018

    Pedro Russo

    Leiden University
    Leiden Observatory / Department of Science Communication & Society
    P.O. Box 9513
    NL-2300 RA Leiden

    Phone: +31 6 54 37 26 58
    Email: russostrwleidenunivnl
    Personal website: http://home.strw.leidenuniv.nl/~russo/cv.html
    Organization website: http://www.strw.leidenuniv.nl/

    NCA adherence: Netherlands

    Last updated:
    November 9, 2018

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