The IYA/Las Cumbres/CSMA Speakers Program

The Universe delivered to your doorstep


What is it?

We are a group of astronomers, astrophysicists, and cosmic enthusiasts who believe that there are many who would like to share our enthusiasm, but have not had the opportunity. The IYA/Las Cumbres/CSMA speakers bureau is meant to provide opportunities, especially during this International Year of Astronomy (IYA). .

We have a list of people who are experts in astronomy, cosmology, space science, and even general relativity who are happy to visit places where there is interest in astronomy (etc) but where there is not much access to professional astronomers. They can give formal talks (for the public or just for your people), meet with students and faculty in classes, at pizza lunches, and so forth. The details are flexible and arranged to suit each host/speaker pair.

Who is it?

The committee overseeing the program has members from the American Astronomical Society , (including its Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy (CSMA) ), and the the American Physical Society, including its Division of Astrophysics , its Forum on the History of Physics , and its Topical Group on Gravitation and General Relativity . Day-to-day operation is in the hands of staff and faculty of the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy of the University of Texas at Brownsville, with management and policy decisions made jointly with members of the Department of Physics & Astronomy of the University of California Irvine and the CSMA.

What is the intended audience?

The primary goal of the speakers program is to make contact with 4-year colleges, especially ones with large minority enrollments, where astronomy is not now well represented. But there are no well- defined boundaries, and if you think that your group/institution would benefit from a visit by one of us, please fill out the form.

What does it cost?

As with other questions about the program, the answer is flexible. We hope your group/institution can contribute something to the speaker's expenses, but we have a generous donation from the private foundation that supports the Las Cumbres Observatory and so can cover or help cover those expenses.

What is the procedure?

At the end of this paragraph you will click to get a webform on which you will indicate some details of your request. We will need to know, among other things, what is the main interest of your group. If you indicate your flexibity, your willingness to accept an expert in a related topic, it will make it easier for us to find someone for you. We will look at your request in the next few days and then either act as liason or put you and the potential visitor in direct contact.

After you fill out the web form, you should click on the "Submit Query" button at the bottom of the form. The screen will then switch to a message telling you that your submission is complete. A short time after that you will receive an email message confirming that your request has been received.

To get the request web form

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