One of their most recent publications is “Conference on communicating astronomy with the public”: Taking action. Which was published in journal Advances in Space Research.

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“Conference on communicating astronomy with the public”: Taking action

AbstractIn October 2003, The U.S. National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the U.S. National Research Council (NRC) held a 3-day conference in Washington, DC, on communicating with the public about astronomy. This conference was organized by participants in a December 2002 meeting hosted by Spain’s Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias in Tenerife on “Communicating Astronomy.” The goals of the 2003 conference, conceived as a working meeting, were “to develop a program to share outreach and education resources among the astronomical community [and] to find ways of communicating with underdeveloped constituencies.”Two important products of the 2003 meeting were:1.A “Washington charter for communicating astronomy with the public,” a position paper articulating principles of action for funding agencies, professional astronomical societies, individual researchers and universities, laboratories, research organizations, and other institutions with an interest in communicating with the public about astronomy.2.The appointment of a task group to explore the creation of an electronic archive of informational resources about astronomy. Two options under consideration by the task group are creation of a Web site providing links, categorized and searchable, to astronomy public outreach and education resources and creation of a Web site that would be a searchable database of astronomy information and imagery (either representative or comprehensive).This paper reviews the purpose and proceedings of the conference, reports on outcomes, and provides a status report on post-conference actions. It also reports on a newly organized NASA Astrobiology Institute Working Group on Astrobiology Science Communication.

Public communication strategy for NASA’s planetary protection program: Expanding the dialogue

AbstractThe US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Planetary Protection Office, in the Science Mission Directorate, has a long-term initiative under way in communication research and planning. The possibility of extraterrestrial life and efforts to search for evidence of it is one of NASA’s key missions and a subject of great interest to the public. Planetary protection plays a key role in the search for signs of life elsewhere, and NASA’s Planetary Protection Office has long recognized the importance of communications in accomplishing its goals and objectives. With solar system exploration missions advancing into the era of sample return and with the science of astrobiology changing assumptions about the nature and boundaries of life, the NASA Planetary Protection Office is expanding its communication research efforts. For the past decade, communication research sponsored by the NASA planetary protection program has focused on reaching members of the science community and addressing legal and ethical concerns. In 2003, the program broadened its communication research efforts, initiating the development of a communication strategy based on an interactive model and intended to address the needs of a broad range of external audiences. The NASA Planetary Protection Office aims to ensure that its scientific, bureaucratic, and other constituencies are fully informed about planetary protection policies and procedures and that scientists and officials involved in planetary protection are prepared to communicate with a variety of public audiences about issues relating to planetary protection. This paper describes NASA’s ongoing planetary protection communication research, including development of a communication strategy and a risk communication plan.

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