Starlight, Beyond Light Pollution 2016
La Palma, Canary Islands, 1-8 July 2016
A workshop to protect our starry night heritage
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Five excursions to discover our gorgeous La Isla Bonita
Three astro-nights to enjoy the skies of La Palma
Visit of the Roque de los Muchachos astronomical observatory
featuring the world's largest telescope!
Package Schedule (1-8 July)
Workshop Schedule (4-6 July)
Briefly in the News :
9 July 2016: The workshop ended, see you next year!
Workshop and SARM expedition memories here.
Speakers and PDF talks in the Participants page.
Some press coverages (in Spanish):
World experts debating the light pollution (Diario de Avisos, 4 July 2016)
Break on the light which shadows the sky (Siete Islas, 5 july 2016)
27 June 2016: Final poster published (thanks to Jose Francisco Salgado)!
(high resolution 5 MB version
24 June 2016: Schedule published here (PDF link).
14 June 2016: Schedule updated. List of speakers and schedule in work.
26 April 2016: The International Dark-sky Association (IDA)
announced the event in their
20 Apr 2016: The poster was published by Jose Francisco Salgado and Audrey Fischer
(high resolution version for print
10 Apr 2016: A workshop will take place between 1-8 July 2016 together
with the sixth Romanian expedition in Canary Islands.
15 Feb 2016: The conference was anounced in the
IAU Astronomy Outreach Newsletter
10 Jan 2016: The conference was listed in the
CFHT International Astronomy Meetings
20 Dec 2015: The conference website was published
7-8 Dec 2015: The conference was announced at the international
COP21 Climate Action Conference in Paris in the framework of light pollution,
energy efficiency and reduction of emissions
Sep and Oct 2015: The conference was promoted in Romania in the International
Year of Light 2015 events in Sibiu and Romanian Parliament in Bucharest
Aug 2015: The conference was announced at IAU 2015 General Meeting in Hawaii:
Committee of Initiative :
On 18 May 2015 a 4-hour dark sky meeting took place in the Hotel Las Olas, La Palma Island,
featuring international participation from Romania, USA, Canada and Netherlands via live webcast,
with the aim to establish a conference in 2016 in La Palma. The committee of initiative of the
2016 conference includes:
- Dr. Ovidiu Vaduvescu, astronomer Isaac Newton Group and Instituto Astrofisico
de Canarias, Astro Travels, La Palma, Spain;
- Audrey Fischer, president of Chicago Astronomical Society and founder of
One Star at a Time, USA;
- Valentin Grigore, President of SARM, Romania; National Coordinator for Romania
of Astronomers Without Borders - AWB;
- Cipriano Marin, co-ordinator of the Starlight Initiative in partnership with
We are seeking some support from UNESCO, Cabildo de La Palma, Canarian observatories,
astro-tourism small businesses in La Palma and other bodies and sponsors. The current list
of sponsors and supporters here