IAT Symposium Program 2019

First Inland Astro-Trail Symposium_Square FinalA unique event to explore the potential of the Inland Astro-Trail to catalyse new opportunities in small inland communities through the transformative power of Astronomy, Astro-tourism, Cultural Heritage, STEAM Outreach, the Arts,  and Cultural, Social and Economic Development practices

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What you’ll need: open minds, big inclusive ideas, and a commitment to positive change. Plus money for food and refreshments! $45 for the Symposium only or $95 for the Symposium and Dinner @ The Dish. Book here >>

WHAT: Inland Astro-Trail Symposium
WHERE: Coventry Room, Parkes Library, Shire Council Building, Parkes, NSW
WHEN: Wednesday 6 February 2019, 9 AM T0 5.30 PM
The Symposium will be followed by Inland Astro-Trail Inc.’s first AGM, and Dinner @ The Dish Cafe, Parkes Radio Telescope


Revised version 5 February 2019 (last revised 10.30 am)

PLEASE NOTE: All speakers are asked to keep their talks to 10 minutes to allow 5 minutes for Q&A and discussion. And, if they are doing Powerpoints, to bring them on memory sticks, please.

9.00 Registrations, tea/coffee, networking

9.30 Introductions
Merrill Findlay, Big Skies Collaborator and IAT co-founder
Acknowledgement of Country
Virtual tour of the 700 km Inland Astro-Trail

9.45 Welcome to Parkes, Ken Keith OAM, Mayor of Parkes (and amateur astronomer)

10.00 Jamie Drew, Chief of Staff and Program Director, Breakthrough Initiatives

10.15 Danny Price, Lead Scientist, Breakthrough Listen Program on CSIRO’s Parkes Radio Telescope

10.30 MORNING TEA by Craig Smith @ The Dish Cafe

Astro-Tourism Panel
10.45 Ian McLennan, global astro-tourism and planetarium consultant (via Zoom from Vancouver, Canada)
11.00 Donna Burton, astronomer and astro-tourism operator, Milroy Observatory, Coonabarabran
11.15 Ray Pickard, astronomer and astro-tourism operator, Bathurst Observatory Research Facility
11.30 Nicola Chandler, Business Manager, Destination Country and Outback

Local Government Panel
11.45 Jenny Bennett, Executive Officer, Central NSW Councils (CENTROC)
12.00 Phil Betts, Deputy Mayor, Tamworth Regional Council and Tamworth Regional Astronomy Club
12.15 Vivian Evans, 2357 Partnerships Inc., Warrumbungles Shire
12.30 Ken Keith OAM, Mayor of Parkes, and Kelly Hendry, Destination Development Manager, Parkes Shire Council

1.00 LUNCH by The Dish Cafe

Astro-heritage and STEAM Outreach Panel
1.30 Alison Wain, space-science heritage scholar, Molonglo Radio Telescope Project, University of Canberra (via Zoom from Canberra)
1.45 Michael Playford, Molonglo Telescope Project‘s education officer
2.00 Meow-Ludo Meow Meow, The Bio Foundry and Molonglo Radio Telescope Project
2.15 Juanita Kwok, Chinese Heritage scholar, Charles Sturt University
2.30 Tennille Dunn, co-founder, Condo SkyFest, Wiradjuri Study Centre, Condobolin [Read Tennille’s presentation here >>]

Arts & Culture Panel
2.45 Tracy Sorenson, Big Skies Collaborator, documentary maker and author
3.00 David Clarkson, Big Skies Collaborator and creative director of Stalker Theatre
3.15 Miriam Williamson, sound and visual artist, co-curator of  The Altitude Project, and cultural officer at Linden Observatory, Western Sydney Amateur Astronomy Group (WSAAG)
3.30 Tracey Callinan, musician and Executive Director of our partner organisation, Arts OutWest

Refreshments available for ‘open grazing’

3.45 Plotting, Planning and Strategising
Pulling our ideas together; identifying the gaps; considering the implementation phases; developing a rough first draft strategic plan to present to the new IAT Inc. committee … et cetera, et cetera.

5.15 Inland Astro-Trail Inc.’s first Annual General Meeting
Introduced by IAT Acting President Donna Burton and chaired by Phil Betts, Acting Mayor, Tamworth Regional Council.

Membership and nomination forms will be available at the registration desk.

     AGM Agenda

  1. Welcome by Chairperson
  2. Apologies
  3. Chairperson’s report
  4. Presentation of Financial report
  5. Constitution amendments – discussion
  6. Election of Office Bearers: Chair. Deputy Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, general Committee Members
  7. General Business, including setting membership fees for the next financial year
  8. Nomination of working groups: including IAT Development, Communications, Astro-tourism, STEAM Outreach, Arts and Culture, First Nations astronomy, and Astro-heritage.
  9. Date of next meeting
  10. Close

Symposium Dinner at The Dish Cafe, Parkes Observatory
After-dinner speaker: Jane Kaczmarek, resident astrophysicist and passionate STEAM outreacher, Parkes Observatory

With special thanks to our collaborators and project partners, including Parkes Shire Council, Destination Country and Outback, Central NSW Councils (CENTROC) and Arts OutWest.

And apologies from the following supporters who are not able to attend this gig: Brad Tucker, Research Fellow, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) ANU; Chris Lidman, Director, Siding Spring Observatory, RSAA, ANU; Lucy White, Executive Director, Destination Country and Outback; Mike Chapman, lighting consultant,  Sydney Outdoor Lighting Improvement Society (SOLIS); Steve Russell, National Australian Convention of Amateur Astronomers (NACAA) 2020 PC Chair; Julia Andrews, CEO and Director of Regional Development, Regional Development Australia Central West; Alex Abbey, Central West Astronomical Society; Matt Scott, STEM Curriculum Advisor 7-12, Secondary Education, Learning and Teaching Directorate, NSW Department of Education; Andrew Bluff, Creativity and Cognition Studios, University of Technology Sydney; Martha Gelin, Bathurst; Adam Marshall MP, NSW Minister for Tourism and Member for Northern Tablelands; Mr Philip Donato MP, Member for Orange; Mark Coulton MP, Member for Parkes; Rob Hollow, Education and Outreach Specialist, CASS Student Coordinator, Astronomy and Space Science, CSIRO, and Member of IAU Commission C1, Astronomy Education and Development; Max Pringle, Coonabarabran; Ellie Gilbert, Enlightnign Productions; David Reiter, IP (Interactive Publications Pty Ltd); Scott Maunder, Director Community Recreation and Cultural Services, Orange City Council; Elly and Gavin Tom, Parkes Shire Concert Band.

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