Ignite IAstro Tour

Bringing the communication of Astrophysics and Space Sciences to towns and cities far away from the main urban areas.

IgniteI IAstro

Objectives

To bring the research in astrophysics and space sciences to towns and cities far away from the main urban areas and that have less access to science communication activities.

Reach

Throughout 2016, this project reached more than 1840 people in locations all across the country, mainly inland. It involved 34 researchers in 11 events held in 9 districts (half the number of districts in Portugal).

The events were publicised in some national media outlets and many regional newspapers, websites and radio stations. The tour was mentioned 76 times in printed and online media and promoted through institutional advertising on the RTP 2 national tv channel and Antena 2 national radio station.

Browse through the upcoming and past events organised within the project Ignite IAstro Tour.

 

Ignite IAstro in Beja
Ignite IAstro in Beja

The Universe against the clock on a tour of Portugal

Science doesn’t reach every place with equal ease. The Ignite IAstro Tour wants to bring the national research in Astrophysics and Space Sciences to towns and cities that are farther away from the main urban areas and that have less access to science communication activities.

The compact format of the Ignite IAstro events enables the presentation, in less than one hour, of the diversity of topics researched at the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).

Margarida Cunha presenting "The Music of Stars" at the Ignite IAstro event in Vila Real
Margarida Cunha presenting “The Music of Stars” at the Ignite IAstro event in Vila Real

At each Ignite IAstro event, eight to ten IA researchers present their research in only five minutes each. Following the format of the Ignite events, each researcher will have to speak at the pace of a sequence of 20 slides that advances automatically every 15 seconds.

Please visit the Portuguese version of this page for the updated calendar of Ignite IAstro events and  the radio interviews.

 

A race through the Universe against the clock

The teaser video promoting the Ignite IAstro Tour.

Credits: Music: Cinematic Kit 2 by Stefan Kartenberg, available at http://ccmixter.org/files/JeffSpeed68/51517 (Licence Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)
Images: ESO (eso.org) and M.McCaughrean & M.Andersen (AIP); L. Calçada; ESA, G. Miley and R. Overzier (Leiden Observatory) and Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble); M. Kornmesser; G. HÃŒdepohl

Ignite IAstro in Grândola
Ignite IAstro in Grândola
Ignite IAstro in Guarda
Ignite IAstro in Guarda
Scope:

National

Coordination:

Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço

Funding:

Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço