Public Outreach Activities

The staff and affiliated researchers of Skinkas Observatory have been active in various public outreach activities. These include local events at the site of the observatory such as the annual open days, which take place five times a year, attracting nearly 1000 people every year. Over the past years a number of the events organized by the local amateur and student astronomy clubs were supported and several of the members have presented numerous talks for the general public at the city of Heraklion as well as various other locations in Crete and mainland Greece. In the following we highligh a number of these events.

2015: International year of Light

On 20 December 2013, the UN General Assembly 68th Session proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. The University of Crete, the Foundation for Research & Technology-Hellas (FORTH) and the Municipality of Heraklion organised a series of Public Lectures (in Greek) and a photography exhibition entitled "The visible Universe through the telescopes and cameras of the Skinakas Observatory", in the framework of the UNESCO-sponsored "International Year of Light", 2015. The lectures were given by Academic staff of the University of Crete and Researchers of FORTH. For more information on these lectures click here (in Greek).

The photography exhibition was shown in Heraklion, Crete (25 September- 9 October 2015) and in the Eugenides Foundation, Athens (19 October 2015- 3 January 2016).





International year of Astronomy 2009

Skinakas Observatory participated in the celebrations of the "International Year of Astronomy 2009" in various ways. One of the key intitiative was to organize and support a series of seven lectures by distinguished Greek Astrophysicists which took place at the city of Heraklion. The lectures were given in Greek language and addressed the general public, and they were captured in video.

1. Prof. Yervan Terzian, Cornell University, USA [Video]
2. Prof. Telemachos Mouschovias, University of Illinois, USA
3. Dr. Paul Kalas,  University of California, Berkeley, USA [Video]
4. Dr. Chryssa  Kouveliotou, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, USA
5. Dr. Nikos Prantzos, Institut de Astrophysique de Paris, France [Video]
6. Dr. Athena Coustenis, Observatoire de Paris, France [Video]
7. Prof. Ioannis Papamastorakis, Skinakas Observatory & Univ. of Crete, Greece [Video]

100 Hours of Astronomy

Astronomers of Skinakas Observatory participated to an international webcast, organised by the Association of Science-Technology Centre, Washington, DC, USA.

COSMOS Training Courses

The COSMOS program was an EU funded program with objective to enhance science education by presenting the fabric of the cosmos as it was shaped by scientific evidence and explanations through 400 years of scientific advancement. In this framework a number of training courses were prepared targeting teachers in science and mathematics, in order to introduce them in the use of the Repositoty and its main facilities. The courses took place in Crete at the facilities of Skinakas Observatory.