Outreach and Public Engagement

Our Astronomy Outreach and Public Engagement program is managed by the Outreach Leader in Astronomy, Dr Sadie Jones. Sadie also facilitates the Soton Astrodome, our mobile planetarium program which typically visits 45 local schools every year. The Astrodome visits are presented by Astronomy Undergrads and PhD students who form #OurGreatestTeam.

Further Reading:

Find out more about booking the dome
Get more information on #OurGreatestTeam (right).
To email Dr Jones and make an enquiry click here

Outreach Staff

Dr. Sadie Jones

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Dr. Rob Firth

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STFC Public Engagement Awards

#AstroAirport

In February 2016 we won an STFC small award of £7,100 to engage the public at Southampton Airport with exciting research from the Supernova Group. For more information on this exciting project you can watch Dr Sadie Jones give a presentation on it at the Communicating Astronomy with the Public Conference in Colombia in May 2016.

We spoke with over 450 people over 4 days at the airport and there were several prize winners.

Planeterella

In April 2016, a team from the Astronomy group led by John Coxon applied for an STFC Public Engagement Large Award for £36,000 to engage schools and the public with the exciting research from our Space Environment Physics group. The grant aims to do this by means of a planeterrella, an incredible artificial demonstration of the Northern Lights, which lets us bring the majesty and awe of the aurora to people in and around Southampton. If you're a teacher or event organiser who'd like to book a demonstration, or a member of the public who'd like to find out more, please visit the planeterrella's website, where you can find out about the physics behind the aurora, learn about the UK's research into the aurora and related topics, or book a show!
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11,708

Engagements in 2015

38

Yearly Astrodome Visits

95%

Positive Feedback

15

#OurGreatestTeam