European gathering of Light Pollution Initiatives
Milan, November 30, 2017 (9:30 – 18:00) – Acquario Civico – Viale Gadio 2, 20121 Milano
On the 30st of November, the STARS4ALL community will hold the 1st Light Pollution Initiative (LPI) workshop in the aquarium in Milan, Italy. The workshop targets the growing community of professional and amateur scientists concerned about light pollution in Europe. It will host TED-style open talk sessions, panel and roundtable discussions to meet and exchange knowledge between light pollution initiatives and increasing the network of citizen scientists on the issue of light pollution.
Light pollution is excessive, misdirected, or obtrusive artificial light that accumulates into skyglow and illuminates large areas that extend far beyond the boundaries of human agglomerations. The excessive illumination of the nightscape increases worldwide by approximately 3-6% annually, changing the view of the nightscape, disrupting ecosystems and affecting well-being.
STARS4ALL is a Collective Awareness Platform for Social and Sustainable Innovation (CAPS) funded by Horizon 2020. It fosters dialogue and collaboration to find global solutions for the ever increasing problem of light pollution. The platform supports networking of activists to exchange ideas and knowledge about measuring techniques.
The workshop is open to everyone interested in light pollution. You are all invited to meet with citizen scientists, amateur and professional experts from light pollution associated topics, such as astrophysics and physics, chronobiology, ecology, light design and architecture. The workshop will provide presentations of current and ongoing LPIs, that help in detecting, measuring and increasing the awareness of light pollution. It invites to discuss and learn about the current set of STARS4ALL tools, like the TESS-Photometer-network, games, data sharing and mapping, community support, crowdfunding and the STARS4All marketplace.
You will have the chance to meet the STARS4ALL team, which brings together expertise from eight organisations in Spain, Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, University of Southampton, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, CEFRIEL Italy, ESCP Europe and the European Crowdfunding Network.
If you are interested to attend please register to the event here.