★ CoAstro caught in the net(work)

The National Citizen Science Meeting 2021 took place on the 25th and 26th of November. It, focused on sharing and discussing challenges and good practices of citizen science, intended,  at the same time to strengthen the Portuguese Citizen Science Network – CC.pt.

CoAstro, in the program as a “Long oral presentation“, in the panel “Education, Society and Citizenship”, was present in a papper entitled “Citizen Science in school context: from an investigative technique to a method for science teaching and communicating – a national example”.

May the Net(work) be with us!

★ CoAstro in Metz

Science & You” is an international event of scientific and technical culture organized by the University of Lorraine. After three editions in 2015 (Nancy), 2017 (Montreal) and 2018 (Beijing), a new edition took place from November 16th to 19th 2021, in Robert Schuman Conference Center, Metz (France).

CoAstro had a special place in the programme of the last day. Thus, in the Thematic Workshop on Citizen Science & Participatory Science was presented the work “Citizen science: from a scientific technique to a science education and communication method – the CoAstro practical example”.

We look forward to the next “Science & You”!

★ O CoAstro on stage

CoAstro was selected for Science on Stage Portugal (6 and 7th of November in Cascais) in the category “Collaboration in STEM Education”.

O Science on Stage distinguishes “outstanding ideas for science education” which, after a national selection, leads to the Europe’s largest educational event for STEM (Science, Technology and Mathematics): 450 teachers, from pre-school to primary and secondary education, from more than 30 countries, come together to share ideas and good teaching practices at a fair with stands, workshops and stage presentations.

In addition to the physical presence, the event also has a virtual fair: HERE.

★ CoAstro on a road trip

CoAstro is back on the road, or rather, physically back to school. So, when the pandemic was still raging, the CoAstrians took the opportunity to structure what is now coming: a plan to recover… the pleasure of being together again.

So, starting already in September and until the end of this school year, teachers, students, astronomers and science communicators will cross paths again in space: the school space!

★ CoAstro sees Braga through a straw

CoAstro results were presented in the 14th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA 2021) which took place virtually from… Braga: we saw Braga for a straw!

This was undoubtedly a landmark presentation, as this is the most important conference, on Science Education, in Europe!

Thus, CoAstro had the opportunity to present the work entitled “CoAstro Citizen Project: Contributions to Teaching Practices, Attitudes, and Beliefs Towards Science“.

★ O CoAstro woks hard in the Summer

CoAstro was invited to present itself at the “IAstro Summer Internships“.

In this programme, university students get in touch with research and science communication pf the Institute for Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA). They develop research or science communication projects, under the supervision of researchers from the IA and the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon or the University of Porto. The programme also includes six workshops on science communication. On the last day, the work carried out was be presented.

★ O CoAstro in Australia

CoAstro was in Australia… in dreams!

After being accepted for presentation at “Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2020 (CAP 2020)“, to be held in Sydney, the Covid pandemic postponed that meeting to 2021… in an online format.

CAP2021 was organised under the theme of “Communicating Astronomy with the Public in the Age of Global Crises”, acknowledging the challenges that science communication had to face during recent times and promoting the ways in which our community has adapted. Held over different time zones to accommodate participants from around the globe, the conference attracted 1346 registrations from 87 countries.

CoAstro presentation can be seen HERE and its abstract HERE (page 23).