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Communicating physics and astronomy to a visually impaired audience

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The Royal Astronomical Society

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W1J 0BQ

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Physics and astronomy can be extremely difficult to access for people with visual impairments (VI). A reliance on images, diagrams, graphs, and other visual representations of data means that people with VI can easily feel excluded from these subjects. However, there are several initiatives and projects in the UK that are working to make topics within physics and astronomy more accessible for this audience. This meeting will showcase these projects, allowing participants to share best practice and explore future collaborations and other opportunities.

The morning of the meeting will be devoted to presentations by different projects, including Tactile Universe, Tactile Collider, Touching Space, g-Astronomy, and Grapheel. The afternoon will have a more open format, with the programme being set by the attendees in an 'unconference' style. The meeting is open to anyone who is interested working with members of the VI community in an outreach/public engagement/teaching environment, and we expect the audience to be a mix of physics researchers and academics, outreach and public engagement professionals, teachers, and informal educators. The hope is that this meeting is the first of many, and will lead to the formation of a consortium of people/projects working together to open up physics and astronomy to this underserved community.

Registration for the meeting is free, but please note that lunch will not be provided (there are plenty of places to buy lunch in walking distance of Burlington House).


Overview of schedule:

10.00 - 10.30 Arrival and registration

10.30 - 11.30 Invited Talks

11.30 - 11.45 Break

11.45 - 13.00 Invited Talks

13.00 - 13.45 Lunch Break

13.45 - 14.00 Contributed Lightning Talks (please contact organisers in advance if you would like to present)

14.00 - 15.45 Unconference

15.45 - 16.00 Wrap-up and depart


Organisers:

Dr Jen Gupta (University of Portsmouth)

Dr Sheila Kanani (Royal Astronomical Society)

Dr Nic Bonne (University of Portsmouth

Dr Coleman Krawczyk (University of Portsmouth)

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