On the 7th of December 2019, Mt Burnett Observatory, an astronomy association in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne, will host a one-day workshop at Emerald Secondary College. The day will be a series of practical workshops, keynotes, talks and group discussions aiming to share knowledge, experiences and methods to connect informal/public and out-of-school communities and individual members of the public to the night-sky.
A particular focus is on how we, as individuals and groups both formal and informal, can encourage people can take their own images, observations, measurements and contribute to the scientific endeavour. There is no limit to the content topic – asteroids, astrophotography, variable stars, occultations, open clusters, comets, cosmic rays and more – all are welcome.
The keynote speaker will be Stella Kafka of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, a non-profit worldwide scientific and educational organization of amateur and professional astronomers that promotes scientific research, education, and public outreach using variable star data.
Coffee and meetup between 9am and 10am. The day formally begins at 10am and runs until 5pm.
$60 fee for the general public
Includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea
To register for the conference, the booking page is here: https://www.trybooking.com/BCVZI
For those staying in the Central Business District for RTSRE, we will organise busses to pick you up from Belgrave Station when the train from Flinders Street arrives (8:29, 8:47, 9:09, 9:32). Busses will be provided to return you to Belgrave Station at the end of the day.
For those staying in the area for the weekend beyond, or prior to, the workshop, it is recommended that you group together and get a hire car to travel around the Ranges. While there are taxis and ubers, there can potentially be long waits on a sunny summer December weekend! There are also many different locations of interest in the area that can be visited separated by non-trivial distances.