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From: John O'Byrne <j.obyrne@physics.usyd.edu.au>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 13:29:54 +1100

To Physics staff and students:
(apologies to those who receive this more than once)

The Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) is sponsoring a small program to support community activities during the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.  Details are given below and repeated in an attached pdf file.  This is an initiative of the ASA's Education and Public Outreach Committee (EPOC).   

We would welcome your assistance in distributing this information as widely as possible.  We are placing an emphasis on reaching 'new' audiences so, while we very much welcome proposals from amateur astronomy societies, consider what other community organisations, artists, musicians or other individuals may have a good idea and pass this information along.

Thanks for your help.


[more information on IYA in Australia can be found at http://www.astronomy2009.org.au
For IYA in the School of Physics see http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/iya]


International Year of Astronomy (IYA)
Seed Grants for IYA Activities
The International Year of Astronomy (IYA) presents us with an opportunity to raise the public awareness of astronomy, promote science and astronomy as a valued part of modern culture and encourage awareness of the natural world. It is a chance to celebrate all that we already know about the universe, and all we have yet to learn.
The Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) and it individual members are actively engaged in a wide range of IYA activities.  Many members of the amateur astronomy, education and public science communities also have well developed plans for the year. The ASA would like to promote new activities, especially those seeking to engage new audiences, not usually reached by astronomical outreach activities. These ‘new’ audiences might be reached by a non-traditional approach to bringing science and astronomy to the public, but any proposal is of interest.
We are therefore inviting applications for seed funding from individuals and organisations who are planning IYA outreach activities.  Available funds are modest, so a small number of projects will be funded up to a maximum of $1500.
To apply for support, send a proposal of not more than 2 pages outlining:
Priority is likely to be given to events that engage the wider community, especially those reaching a ‘new’ audience.  This might simply mean a non-traditional approach to bringing science and astronomy to the general public, but any proposal will be considered.
Submit your proposal (email is strongly preferred) to the ASA Joint Secretary:
Dr John O'Byrne                                    Ph : 61-2-9351-3184
School of Physics                                   Fax: 61-2-9351-7726
University of Sydney                              Email: j.obyrne@physics.usyd.edu.au
NSW Australia 2006
The closing date for proposals is Friday 27 March and we anticipate finalising awards by the end of April.  Urgent requests may be considered earlier.

2009 - The International Year of Astronomy
Dr John O'Byrne
Senior Lecturer
Chair, Academic Programs Committee
Secretary, Astronomical Society of Australia Inc.

Room 568, Physics Annexe A29
Sydney Institute for Astronomy
School of Physics
University of Sydney

Tel: +61-2-9351-3184      Email: j.obyrne@physics.usyd.edu.au
Fax: +61-2-9351-7726     Web:   www.physics.usyd.edu.au/~obyrne/ <http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/~obyrne/>

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