International Year of Astronomy ( IYA-2009). IYA-2009 Activities Armenia. Areg Mickaelian. Increasing the prestige of astronomy in Armenia (meetings, mass media, etc.) Public activities (amateurs, popular astronomy, educational matters, etc.). Astronomy and Society. Professional astronomy
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IYA-2009 Activities Armenia
Increasing the prestige of astronomy in Armenia (meetings, mass media, etc.)
Public activities (amateurs, popular astronomy, educational matters, etc.)
Other sciences institutions
Astronomy and world heritage; UNESCO’s project
Amateur astronomy; observations & discoveries
Astronomical education; from school to Ph.D. degree
Popular astronomy; from children to everybody
Scientific tourism; Byurakan and around
Scientific journalism; astronomy and mass media
Astronomy & World Heritage
Areg Mickaelian, Chair (BAO/ArAS)
Elena Nikogossian, Secretary (BAO/ArAS)
HaykAbrahamyan, VardanAdibekyan, MkrtichGevorgyan, SatenikGhazaryan, Kamo Gigoyan, MarietaGyulzadyan, ArturHakobyan, Davit Sargsyan, Lusine Sargsyan, Parandzem Sinamyan (BAO)
JacklineMartirosyan, Diana Antonosyan (YSU)
Lilit Verdyan (Association for women’s rights)
Astronomy teachers, students, pupils
Distribution of duties among the LOC members: mass media program, school program, publication program, Astronomy and World Heritage, etc.
Events: conferences, meetings, “100 hours of astronomy”, celebrations, concerts, exhibitions, etc.
Historical-astronomical heritage in Armenia
Astronomical education in Armenia
Internet (IYA webpage, “Portal to the Universe”, etc.)
Mass media program: TV, radio, press, Internet
School program: Olympiad, lectures at schools, teachers’ teaching, contests, visits to Byurakan Observatory, etc.
Publication: CD/DVDs, books, brochures, sky map, postcards, posters, calendars, souvenirs, etc.
Dec, 2008 Armenia mass media, etc.) joined IYA-2009
23.01, Yerevan Start of the series of biographical articles about outstanding Armenian astronomers at “Armenpress” News Agency website
08.02, Yerevan ArAS webpage with lots of info on Armenian astronomy and IYA- 2009
28.02, Byurakan Meeting with journalists, 40 participants
28.02-01.03 Wide broadcasting about IYA-2009 in the world and Armenia
02.03, Byurakan M.A. Arakelian’s 80th and Ye.Terzian’s 70th anniversaries
30.03, Byurakan Meeting with representatives of touristic companies, 35 participants
14.04, Byurakan Meeting with Ambassadors and representatives of international organizations
15.04, Yerevan IYA-2009 meeting / public lecture, YSU
April Distribution of ESO’s “Eyes on the Skies” DVDs to schools
26.04, Byurakan Armenian Astronomical School Olympiad, 40 participants
30.04, Byurakan Meeting with architects, 35 participants
04.05, Byurakan IYA meeting / seminar "IYA-2009 in the world and in Armenia”
15.05, Yerevan IYA-2009 meeting / public lecture, YSU
19.05 mass media, etc.), Yerevan Public lecture, Quantum school
26.05, Yerevan Meeting between astronomers and historians / archaeologists
10.06, Yerevan Publication/production of astronomical promotional materials
19.06, Byurakan Young artists’ exhibition “The Universe and myself” and meeting with professional artists, 200 participants
01-08.07, Byurakan Third Byurakan Summer School for YSU students, 30 participants
01-17.07, Byurakan Summer Practice for YSU Department of Physics students, 15 participants
06-08.07, Byurakan ArAS VIII meeting: Astronomy and Society, 100 participants
July Discussion of creation of Astronomical Council in Armenia
August Purchasing of Celestron FirstScope telescopes for schools
18.09, Yerevan Astronomy Day in Armenia, public observations of amateur astronomers
22-23.09, Byurakan French-Armenian Workshop, 35 participants
25.09, Yerevan IYA-2009 meeting / seminar, YSU, 100 participants
30.09, Byurakan Workshop in frame of International Conference CSIT-2009, 40 participants
01.10, Yerevan IYA-2009 meeting / public lecture, School #64, 60 participants
15.12, Yerevan Opening of V.A. Ambartsumian's monument in Yerevan, 150 participants
28.12, Yerevan IYA-2009 Closing Ceremony, NAS RA, 60 participants
December Start of Beyond-IYA activities (GTTP, etc.)
Meeting on IYA-2009 and scientific journalism matters, February 28, 2009, Byurakan
4 TV, 6 radio, 9 newspapers and journals, 6 Internet media, 8 students
Presentation of the Armenian astronomy, Byurakan Observatory, IYA-2009, etc.
Discussion of IYA-2009 tasks, scientific journalism in general
Questionnaire with questions about astronomy and scientific journalism:
insufficient attention to astronomy (science)? what is a constellations? etc.
27 publications and casts during the next days (Feb 28 – Mar 3)
Prizes for best publications on astronomy: mass media, TV, radio, press, Internet
Meeting on scientific tourism matters, March 30, 2009, Byurakan Obs.
Discussion of scientific (astronomical) and regional tourism matters
Preparation of souvenirs, publication of postcards, calendars, etc.
Reception of Ambassadors of Foreign Countries and Heads of other International Organizations in Armenia
Presentation of the IYA-2009 and its goals
Acquaintance with the 2.6m telescope of the
Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory
April: meetings with architects, presentation of the IYA-2009 and its goals, collaboration, discussion of world astronomical observatories and telescope buildings
June 19, 2009, Byurakan. Young Artists’ Exhibition and Contest “The Universe and Myself”; 250 paintings. Meeting with professional artists led by Union of Artists of Armenia. Joint jury by astronomers and artists. Excursion in the Observatory, meeting at conference hall (presentation of IYA-2009 activities, popular lecture, awards to 9 schools).
July 1-8, 2009, Byurakan. Participants, lectures, events
July 6, 2009, Byurakan. Concert by the famous Armenian composer Robert Amirkhanyan with the singer Seda Amir-Karayan.
July 6-8, 2009, Byurakan. Armenian Astronomical Society (ArAS) VIII Annual Meeting “Astronomy and Society”. Sessions on Astronomical Heritage, Astrobiology, Astronomical Education, talks on International Collaboration, Scientific Tourism, Scientific Journalism, etc. Guests from Academy, other institutions, UNESCO Armenian commission, sponsors, journalists, students. ArAS certificates to 16 founding members.
Meeting with historians/archaeologists on historical-astronomical matters
December 15, Yerevan, near the YSU astronomical observatory, 200 participants
A collection of useful information for students: textbooks (90), exercises, encyclopedia and dictionaries (8), papers, presentations (including from international summer schools), catalogs, software (including SciSoft VII), photos, movies, BAO, Ambartsumian, etc.
Armenian Astronomical Society (ArAS)
Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO)
Armenian National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
Yerevan State University (YSU)
Armenian State Committee for Science (SCS)
Ministry of Education and Science
Ministry of Culture
UNESCO National Commission, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Antares Holding (publishing company)
Armenpress news agency (information sponsor)