Art, visualisation and the cosmos in education, Deakin Downtown, Thursday, 05. December 2019

The combination of perspectives from art and science are increasingly acknowledged as powerful approaches to both fields, and to education and public outreach. These interdisciplinary innovations reflect new understandings of the role of visualisation in science knowledge building and learning.
This symposium aims to bring together a heterogenous group of researchers, scientists, teachers, artists and educators from around the world to discuss ideas and practical applications of combining art and science through representation and modelling, visualisation, big data, and virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), both in traditional classrooms and informal learning settings such as planetariums.

Abstract Proposals
The content theme throughout the symposium is loosely based around astronomy, but related topics in earth and space sciences as well as contemporary physics are very welcome. We also welcome participants interested in the broader overarching ideas, theories and practical applications of these interdisciplinary innovations, without a particular content area focus. A peer reviewed conference proceedings volume will result as part of this meeting.
The broad themes that will be covered in the symposium are:

Representation and visualisation in astronomy
Virtual reality and planetariums
Art, aesthetics and astronomy
Astronomy in the classroom 

Participants should frame their proposals with these in mind.
Abstract proposals may be submitted online until Friday 6 September.

Keynote Speakers


Julia Plummer
Julia Plummer is Associate Professor of Science Education at Penn State College of Education. She received a combined Ph.D. in Astronomy & Education from the University of Michigan, and has spent more than a decade teaching children and adults in planetariums and other informal settings. Her research interests focus on the design of learning environments that support children's spatial thinking and science practices in the domain of astronomy. This includes investigating both formal environments, such as classrooms, and informal environments, such as planetariums and museums. Julia's research has led to the development of astronomy learning progressions focused on explaining celestial motion phenomena and connecting observations of the current Solar System to its formation model. She has co-authored middle school astronomy curricula and collaborated on the development of planetarium programs for children, and she continues to teach college-level introductory astronomy and science methods for preservice elementary teachers.

Urban Ericksson
Urban Eriksson is an associate professor in physics specialising in astronomy education research (AER) at Kristianstad University, Sweden. He has a background in astrometry and extensive experience in AER and in teaching astronomy at university level for over 20 years. He was recently appointed chair for the International Astronomical Union (IAU) working group for Astronomy Education Research and Methods. His research revolves around novice and experts learning astronomy via disciplinary discernment from semiotic resources used in the discipline of astronomy, including extrapolating three-dimensionality from 1D and 2D resources, such as astronomical imagery and simulations presented on flat screens, planetarium and in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).



Daniel Armstrong
Daniel Armstrong is an artist and academic whose research explores relationships between art and science, primarily astronomy, and associated histories and philosophies.In 2012 he initiated a unit titled, New Worlds: Intersections of Art and Science which he taught at Deakin University until 2018. Student activities included fieldwork at the Mt Burnett Observatories and exhibitions at the annual Astrolight Festival at Science Works, Museums Victoria.He received a PhD from the RMIT University in Melbourne, which investigated relationships between the telescope/lens, the corporeal observer and the has undertaken a number of international artist residencies at the Lowell Astronomical Observatories in Arizona and research activities at various other observatories, museums and planetariums around the world.

Main image credit:NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration. Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin and Robert Gendler

Art, visualisation and the cosmos in education

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