Renewed Chance to Host Communicating Astronomy with the Public Conference 2024


The first hybrid CAP Conference, held online and in Sydney, Australia, has come to a close. Building off of the momentum of CAP 2022, we hope to expand the possibilities for CAP 2024. To that end, the deadline to submit a Letter of Intent to host the 2024 Communicating Astronomy with the Public conference has been extended to 30 September 2022.

These conferences, held at least every two years, are co-organised by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Commission C2 — Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP) and the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO). Letters of Intent (LoI) and full Proposals to host a CAP Conference are considered roughly two years before the event. The call to host CAP 2024 is now open and applications are in two steps:

  • First, submit a Letter of Intent (LoI) via this form.

  • After the approval of the Letter of Intent (LoI) by the CAP Conferences Organisers, then submit a full Proposal.

The deadline to submit the Letter of Intent to host CAP 2024 is 30 September 2022. You can read more details on how to become a CAP Conference host here. Important dates for the selection of the host for CAP 2024 are:

  • 30 September 2022 (23:59 UTC): deadline to submit Letters of Intent to host CAP 2024

  • 1–15 October 2022: selection of the LoI(s)

  • by 31 October 2022 (23:59 UTC): contact selected applicants (request for full Proposals)

  • by 28 February 2023 (23:59 UTC): deadline to submit full Proposals

  • by 31 March 2023: public announcement of the winning bid

If you have any questions, please contact cap2024@oao.iau.org. We are looking forward to receiving your submissions!

Kelly Blumenthal, on behalf of the Office for Astronomy Outreach

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