Workshops

NAM2014 has a number of workshops that will run alongside the parallel sessions. These are listed along with the parallels in the schedule.

The workshops are:

Teaching & Learning in Astronomy at University Level (Workshop)

Monday 23rd, 16:30-18:00
Paul Roche (Wales)
This hands-on workshop will demonstrate a variety of useful resources that will assist in the teaching of astronomy and physics at undergraduate level. In particular, participants will use the OpenScience Laboratory (Open University/Wolfson Foundation), which consists of a series of remote and virtual experiments, and several online resources that are specifically designed for teaching astronomy and astrophysics.
The workshop will include:
16:30 to 17:30 Astronomy Teaching with The OpenScience Laboratory (practical session)
Ulrich Kolb
17:30 to 18:00 Online labs for teaching undergraduate astronomy
Sarah Roberts

Educating Astronomy: Getting the Best From Your Astronomy Education Activities

Tuesday 24th, 16:30-18:00
Edward Gomez (Las Cumbres Observatory)
There are many excellent astronomy education activities available but the quality or how they work in practice of many are unknown. In this workshop, the participants will sketch out astronomy education activities, then create learning objectives and evaluation strategies for them. These might be activities you have created, existing ones you have adapted or ideas that you would like to explore further. The aim for the workshop is to submit these activities to the IAU peer-review platform for astronomy education activities, astroEDU (http://iau.org/astroedu) and have them showcased to a global audience.

Hack Day

Wednesday 25th, 9:00-17:00
This year NAM is running it’s very first Hack Day! In just a single day we’re looking to prototype ideas that mix technology, data, science and communication in new and interesting ways. Perhaps you have an idea about how to combine multiple astronomical datasets, or want to build better plotting library for researchers? Do you need to visualise a dataset, or do you have a brilliant and innovative idea for communicating astronomy online? Whatever your interests bring your laptop, enthusiasm and ideas to the NAM Hack Day. Brought to you by the NAM LOC, the .Astronomy community, GitHub and more

Industrial Applications of Astrophysics/Astronomy

Wednesday 25th, 10:30-16:30
STFC Knowledge Exchange Workshop, Vlad Skarda (STFC)
STFC are hosting a special session on “Industrial Applications of Astrophysics” to foster knowledge exchange between astronomers at NAM and members of commerce and industry. All are free to attend and more details can be found here.

Getting Your Paper Published: A Workshop for Authors

Wednesday 25th, 16:30-18:00
Kim Clube (RAS)
This workshop is aimed at early-career astronomers looking to publish their research. It will include advice on how to write a good paper, the submission and review process, dealing with referee reports, the production process, copyright and ethics. The session will be run by MNRAS journal staff and publisher, Oxford University Press.