Bridges Between Cultures: Activities and meetings about Cultural Astronomy (NASE)

Special topic: Astronomy Education Beyond the Classroom
5th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Wednesday Nov. 29, 2023
UTC: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
, UTC: 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
, UTC: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
, UTC: 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
, Thursday Nov. 30, 2023
UTC: 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
, UTC: 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
, UTC: 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
, UTC: 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
, Friday Dec. 1, 2023
UTC: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
, UTC: 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

To commemorate the UNESCO International Day of Light, NASE proposes to all its participants, instructors and referents to carry out simple experiences but of great educational interest. Although the day of light is May 16, the activities can be done from the March to the September equinoxes. The idea started in 2018, inviting people to measure the invisible, performing the Herschel experiment to detect the infrared, and continuing each year until now with different topics. connecting Astronomy and everyday life. This new approach to concepts of Cultural Astronomy has permitted 2 meetings each year, the “Bridges Between Cultures” and “NASE+”. We present here some results of these activities and will show how simple experiences can transform the life of a lot of people on the Globe.


Beatriz Garcia is Ph.D in Astronomy from the National University of La Plata, Argentina. She is a researcher at CONICET, President of the IAU Astronomy Education and Development Commission (2015-2018). Her research work is related to ultra-high energy cosmic rays and the development of technologies for particle detection. She is part of the International Collaboration at the Pierre Auger Observatory, installed in Malargue, Argentina. She has participated in the QUBIC (Q-U Bolometric Interferometer for Cosmology) Collaboration, to detect the polarization of cosmic background radiation and primordial gravitational waves.