I founded and coordinate an astronomy outreach project called “Columba-Hypatia: Astronomy for Peace”, which is a joint endeavour between GalileoMobile and the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR), mainly funded by the International Astronomical Union's Office of Astronomy for Development while it has also received funding from the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) as well as from the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics. The project takes place on the divided island of Cyprus and aims to inspire young people, through astronomy, to be curious about the world we live in, about science and the cosmos, while also using astronomy as a tool for promoting meaningful communication and a culture of peace and non-violence on the island. Our goal is to inspire a sense of global citizenship "under the same sky" by carrying out educational astronomy activities and exploring the cosmos with children and the public from the various communities of Cyprus. 

You can see below a short documentary of the project as well as some snaps from our pilot project in 2016. You can find out more at www.columbahypatia-project.org

Happy parents and kids
Happy parents and kids

As part of Columba-Hypatia's pilot run in October 2016 we carried out Solar observations at the Home for Cooperation in Nicosia

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At the Home for Cooperation
At the Home for Cooperation

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Talking about Solar/Lunar eclipses
Talking about Solar/Lunar eclipses

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Happy parents and kids
Happy parents and kids

As part of Columba-Hypatia's pilot run in October 2016 we carried out Solar observations at the Home for Cooperation in Nicosia

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GalileoMobile

I am a member of the not-for-profit science outreach group GalileoMobile, an itinerant educational programme that shares astronomy with schools across the world, with an emphasis on regions that have little or no access to other outreach actions. The goal of the project is to share astronomy across the world in a spirit of inclusion, sustainability, and cultural exchange to create a feeling of unity under the same sky.

 

I was actively involved in the planning and execution of the team's 2015 project, Constellation, which was endorsed by the IAU as a Major Cosmic Light programme of the Internatinal Year of Light 2015. I was a team leader for the Peruvian branch of the expedition, which took place in November 2015.

 

Click on the links to the right to be taken to the official GalileoMobile and Constellation website, where you can learn more about the project, past expeditions and all things GalileoMobile!

 

GalileoMobile

Constellation

Have a look at the promotional video for Constellation

Some snaps from our activities in Peru in November 2015, part of the project Constellation.

Exploring the Cosmos
Exploring the Cosmos

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Exploring exoplanets
Exploring exoplanets

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First time looking through telescope
First time looking through telescope

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Exploring the Cosmos
Exploring the Cosmos

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Public outreach talks

I have given a number of public outreach talks for various audiences over the years -- from primary school children, to high school students and adults. Below I highlight some of these. If you'd like me to give a talk in your classroom get in touch!

 

In September 2020 I gave a (virtual) talk at Pint of Science (Munich) on the "Life and times of the Milky Way".

 

In September 2019 I gave a public outreach talk about my research during the European Researcher's Night at the ESO Supernova Planetarium. 

 

Since April 2018 I have been a volunteer at the ESO Supernova in Garching, Germany, where I present Planetarium shows for the general public and school children. 

 

In November 2018 I gave a talk on the Falling Walls main stage about how we can use astronomy to promote a culture of peace and non-violence.

 

From January 2016 - December 2017 I was a "marraine astronome" (an "astronomy godmother" of sorts) in primary schools and high schools around Paris. I gave talks about astronomy and guided the students through small astronomy research projects.

 

In November 2015 I gave a public outreach talk titled "Our Cosmic Address" in the cultural centre "Casa Garcilaso" in Cusco, Peru. You can listen to the talk (in spanish) by clicking here.

 

In December 2013 I organised an event called "An evening with the stars" during which there were talks on various topics in astrophysics, followed by a telescope demonstration and observing session.  The event took place in the school of Alambra, Cyprus. 

 

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