Darksky 2008

August 22-23 - Vienna, Austria

Presentations ordered by program

See this page for the abstracts of the talks, workshops and posters.

Thursday, August 21


Registration desk open

20:00 app.

Topical dinner: IAU International Year of Astronomy Dark Sky Awareness Cornerstone (meeting point at the Kuffner-Observatory)

Friday, August 22


Registration desk opens
09:00 - 09:20 Opening session

Welcome and Opening (5 min)

Awards (Friedel Pas) (15 min)

09:20 - 10:40 Andreas Hänel, Fachgruppe Dark Sky: (20 min)
10 years of European Symposiums for the Protection of the Night Sky

Andrej Mohar, Dark Sky Slovenia (20 min)
LEX - Light pollution Law Efficiency Index

Itai Kloog, Univ. Haifa (40 min)
Light at night co-distributes with incident breast but not lung cancer in the female population of Israel
Presentation not distributed on request of the speaker

10:40 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 Public lecture session

C. Aubrecht, ARC, C. D. Elvidge, NOAA (30 min)
Satellite observed nighttime lights as an indicator of human induced stress on coral reef

Wilfried Doppler, Umweltanwaltschaft Wien (20 min)
"Helle Not"

Bob Mizon and Martin Morgan-Taylor, British Astronomical Association Campaign for Dark Skies: (20 min)
Progress in the UK on dark-sky legislation

Thierry Midavaine, Association Francaise d'Astronomie: (20 min)
Urban Illumination: From the needs to the acceptance test

12:30 - 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 - 15:50 Public lecture session

Martin Morgan-Taylor / Friedel Pas (20 min)
Remarks on the new EuP Directive

Chris Baddiley, Scientific Advisor to the British Astronomical Association Campaign for Dark Skies (20 min)
Towards sky-luminance based lighting standards

Andreas Hänel, Fachgruppe Dark Sky: (20 min)
News from Germany I: Competition energy efficient street lighting andthe light pollution petition in the Bundestag

Thomas Haberstroh, Schréder GmbH Österreich (Sponsor, 20 min)
Dark Sky – Industry aspects by Schréder

15:50 - 16:10 Break
16:10 - 17:30 Workshops:

Jan Hollan, IDA Czechia:
Ligh pollution definition

Connie Walker, NOAO/IAU, Günther Wuchterl TLS/VKS:
The IAU international year of astronomy dark-sky-awareness cornerstone I: Globe at Night, How Many Stars ..

17:30 - 17:50 Break
17:50 - 19:00


Jan Hollan, IDA Czechia:
A course of digital photometry by ordinary cameras

Connie Walker, NOAO/IAU, Günther Wuchterl TLS/VKS:The IAU international year of astronomy dark-sky-awareness cornerstone: Part II: Sky Quality Meter and Luxmeter networks

19:00 - open Poster Session with drinks and snacks and film presentation: Cities at Night
20:00 Susanne Lettner, Vienna Public Lighting, municipal department 33 (20 min)
MASTERPLAN LICHT FÜR WIEN - bringt das strategische Lichtkonzept auch ein MEHR an Sternenlicht?
20:30 Visit of the "good quality illumination park"
21:00 Guided tour through the Kuffner Observatory

Saturday, August 23


Registration desk opens

09:00 - 10:20

Lecture session

István Gyarmathy, Hortobágy National Park: (20 min)
Hortobágy National Park - a proposed dark sky preserve

Henk Spoelstra, Platform Lichthinder: (20 min)
Modelling light pollution : understanding the light propagation in the atmosphere, the influence of the degree of urbanisation and weather conditions

Željko Andreic, Doroteja Andreic, Ana Bonaca, Korado Korlevic, Petra Korlevic and Mirna Kramar, Višnjan Education Center: (20 min)
Modeling of light pollution on the territory of Republic of Croatia

Jan Hollan, IDA Czechia: (20 min)
Automated selection of most promising luminaire photometries for any streetlighting case
No presentation but demonstration on internet

10:20 - 10:40 Break
10:40 - 12:00 Lecture session

Albert White, IDA Ireland: (20 min)
A new educational 3D environment based game relating to light pollution
No presentation but a demonstration of the computer game

Connie Walker NOAO: (20 min)
International Year of Astronomy Dark Sky Awareness Cornerstone

Günther Wuchterl: (20 min) A global survey of night sky brightness in the International Year of Astronomy 2009

Georg Zotti, WAA & Österreichischer Astronomischer Verein: (20 min) Sky brightness measurements with a digital camera: the effect of a small nearby village (Grossmugl) on night sky brightness.

12:00 - 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 - 15:20 Lecture session

Andreas Hänel, Fachgruppe Dark Sky: (20 min)
News from Germany II: LED street lighting and sky background measurements with the different SQMs

André Müller, MPI für Astronomie, Heidelberg, Günther Wuchterl, TLS: (20 min)
The First Continous Measurements of Nightsky Brightness with a New Low Cost Luxmeter

Thomas Posch, Institute for Astronomy, University of Vienna: (20 min)
The Dark Side of Light - TV documentaries
No presentation available, but visit here the trailer

Gerald Pfiffinger, Birdlife Austria (20min)
Tödliche Lichtfallen für Vögel / Deadly light-traps for birds

15:20 - 15:40 Break

15:40 - 17:00

Closing session

Friedel Pas (30 min)
IDA-Europe update

Panel Discussion: The next steps (35 min)

Renewal of the Declaration in Defence of the Night Sky and the Right to Starlight (La Palma Declaration) (10 min)

Albert White, IDA Ireland: Invitation to the Darksky 2009 in Ireland (5 min)

17:30 tbc

Bus ride to conference dinner and Großmugl excursion
19:00 tbc Conference Dinner
21:00-23:00 Großmugl at the Milky Way observations
22:30 Moonrise in the Pleiades!
00:30-01:00 Last bus departs to Vienna

Sunday, August 24

21:00 optional guided tour through the Vienna University Observatory

in preparation

optional guided mountain dark-sky tour to the Austrian Alps


There were also some documents to discus that you can find at this page.

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