Presented Works

Talks @Panel Sessions
Talks @Talk Sessions
Poster Sessions
Sharing Spaces & Safe Space

Talks @Panel Sessions
Participants assigned to Panel Sessions will have the chance to present their submitted works in 8 min. presentations, followed by 20min. dialogue and open discussion, altogether with their peers, the audience and the Chair of the session. Presenters are encouraged not to display a visual presentation. The diversity of the works per session intends to generate a dynamic that promotes the intersectional nature of the Theme of the Panel Session.   

Panel Session 1 [Tue. 12 Nov., 14:30]
Identify and Address a Climate of Inclusivity

Panel Session 1.1
“Qualitative interview of women in research and development to clarify universal factors which induce ‘inclusive innovation'”
Kazuyo Suzuki
Diverse STEM Workforce Engagement Research Committee: Investigation of Qualitative Changes in the Academia and Industry Derived by Participation of Women Researchers and Engineers, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Panel Session 1.2 (Remote)
Jesse Leaman

Panel Session 1.3
“Best Practices for the Inclusion and Fostering of Deaf Astronomers”
Marius Eide
Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics

Panel Session 1.4*
ASTROACCESIBLE: Bringing the Universe to the visually impaired and everyone
Enrique Perez-Montero
Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia – CSIC

Panel Session 1.5
“A Comprehensive Diversity and Inclusion Plan”
Lyndele von Schill
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)

Panel Session 2 [Wed. 13 Nov., 09:45]
Astronomy for Society Inclusion, Diversity, Equity

Panel Session 2.1 (Remote)
“Astronomy for Livelihood Creation (OAD Funded Project)”
Sonal Asgotraa
Global Himalayan Expedition

Panel Session 2.2 (Remote)
“Destination: The Caribbean – seas, sand and…skies!”
Shirin Haque,
Physics Department,
University of the West Indies,
St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Panel Session 2.3
“The Inspiring Experience of Inclusive Astronomy in Chile”
Erika Labbe
Astronomy Nucleus Universidad Diego Portales

Panel Session 2.4
“The Moon for Islam: An Astronomy Outreach Activity from an Intercultural Perspective”
Caterina Boccato
INAF – Astronomical Observatory of Padova

Panel Session 2.5
“Building Tools for Inclusive Astronomy: IDATA and Other AUI Initiatives”
Tim Spuck

Panel Session 3 [Wed. 13 Nov., 11:00]
Theme: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Gender Equality and Its Intersections

Panel Session 3.1
“Investigating Gender Bias in Peer Review at Nature Journals”
Paul Woods
Nature Astronomy
United Kingdom

Panel Session 3.2

Panel Session 3.3
“Promotion of Gender Equality in National Astronomical Observatory of Japan”
Ryohko Ishikawa and Saeko Hayashi (presenter)
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Panel Session 3.4
“Astronomy Diplomacy for Inclusion: Towards Sustainable Development Goals”
Setthawut Thongmee
National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand

Panel Session 3.5
“Gender Diversity in the Space Sector: A Report from the Asia-Pacific Space Generation Workshop 2018”
Kristine Atienza
Space Generation Advisory Council
The Philippines

Panel Session 4 [Wed. 13 Nov., 13:15]
Astronomy for Society — Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Empathy in Communicating Astronomy

Panel Session 4.1 (Remote)
“Astronomical and Meteorological Observations at Nagashima-Aiseien, an Hansen’s Disease Sanatorium”
Hiroaki Isobe
Kyoto City University of Arts

Panel Session 4.2
“Beyond Ethno-astronomy: What Fieldwork Has Taught Me on Women’s Anticipation”
Nurul Fatini Jaafar
Academy of Malay Studies, Universiti Malayaa

Panel Session 4.3
“Bringing Astronomy to the Poorest Rural Communities Using the Raspberry Pi Computer and VO Tools: Our Experiences in Nigeria”
Obi Ikechukwu
Centre for Basic Space Science(CBSS), National Space Research and Development Agency, University of Nigeria Nsukka

Panel Session 4.4
“Astronomy for Development in Portuguese-speaking Countries”
Alan Alves Brito
The Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

Panel Session 4.5
Painting graphs with sounds: CosMonic sonification project
Ruben Garcia-Benito
Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia (IAA-CSIC)

Panel Session 5 [Wed. 13 Nov., 14:30]
Diversity in Research: Identity, Ethnicity and Culture in Research Teams

Panel Session 5.1
“Addressing Barriers to Full Participation by Disabled Scientists in Professional Astronomy”
Jacqueline Monkiewicz
Arizona State University

Panel Session 5.2 [Remote]
“Astronomy as a tool for Gender Equality and Empowerment: The AWB Nigeria Success Story”
Olayinka Fagbemiro
National Space Research & Development Agency (NASRDA)/Astronomy Without Borders (AWB) Nigeria

Panel Session 5.3
“Gender Equality Activities in the Astronomical Society of Japan”
Aya Bamba
University of Tokyo

Panel Session 5.4
“Analysis of astronomical data through sonification: reaching more inclusion for visual impairment scientist”
Johanna Casado, by Beatriz Garcia, Instituto de Tecnologías en Detección y Astropartículas (CNEA, CONICET, UNSAM), Instituto de Bioingeniería, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Mendoza

Panel Session 5.5



Talk Sessions

Presentations will have a duration of 10min. followed by a 3min. questions and answers, with the audience. We strongly suggest that you adopt an inclusive presentation (both orally and regarding your visual media support). You can find a good reference here:
by the Inclusive Conference Presentation Guidelines, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, Uni. Colorado
by the Web Accessibility Initiative, WAI.

Talk Session 1 [Tue. 12 Nov., 16:15]
Diversity in Research: Identity, Ethnicity and Culture in Research Teams

Talk Session 1.1
“Best Practices in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Across AURA Centers”
Max Mutchler
Space Telescope Science Institute

Talk Session 1.2 [Remote]
“The Ethics Statement of the European Astronomical Society”
Johan H. Knapen
Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias

Talk Session 1.3
“The Multimessenger Diversity Network: Creating Diverse and Inclusive Science Collaborations”
James Madsen
University of Wisconsin – River Falls

Talk Session 1.4
“(Un) doing progressive science: Probing Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity at SAAO”
Thembelihle Bongwana
University of the Western Cape
South Africa

Talk Session 1.5
“The Advantages of Astrophysics for Those with Reading Impairment: An Empirical Study”
Matthew Schneps
Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (RETIRED)

Talk Session 2 [Wed. 13 Nov., 16:15]
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Gender Equality and Its Intersections

Talk Session 2.1
“The Gender Gap Project”
Francesca Primas

Talk Session 2.2
“The Impartiality of the Universe”
Stefania Varano
Italian National Institute for Astrophysics

Talk Session 2.3
“The Pleiades Awards: Driving Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in Astronomy and Beyond”
Daniel Zucker
Macquarie University

Talk Session 2.4
“PROVOCA: A Campaign to Promote STEM Vocations among Girls”
Paulina Bocaz, Sonia Duffau (Presenter)
Associated Universities, Inc. / National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Talk Session 2.5
“NASA Solar System Ambassadors: How Empowered Volunteer Educational Outreach Advances the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”
Adrienne Provenzano
NASA Solar System Ambassadors

Talk Session 3 [Thu. 14 Nov., 15:15]
Research, Outreach, Education for Inclusion

Talk Session 3.1
“Teaching the Teachers: Astronomy as Gateway to Scientific Literacy in Liberia”
Tilman Hartwig
Institute for Physics of Intelligence, University of Tokyo

Talk Session 3.2
“Stars for Everyone – Practice of ‘Hospital is a Planetarium'”
Mariko Takahashi
Star Spinning Village, a general incorporated association

Talk Session 3.3
“The Consideration and Implementation of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Two IAU100 Global Projects: 100 Hours of Astronomy and Moon Landing 50”
Bethany Downer
IAU100 Secretariat

Talk Session 3.4
“Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices at International Observatories”
Alysha Shugart
Gemini South/AURA Observatory

Talk Session 3.5

“Using New Technologies to Improve Contents Accessibility”
Silvia Casu
INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Cagliari

Talk Session 4 [Thu. 14 Nov., 16:15]
Research, Outreach, Education for Inclusion

Talk Session 4.1
“Workshop to Survey Astronomical Events from Historical Document: Inclusion of (Other) Field”
Harufumi Tamazawa
Kyoto City University of Arts / Kyoto University

Talk Session 4.2
“Under One Sky: Overview of the Consideration and Implementation of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion on the IAU 100th Anniversary Celebrations”
Jorge Rivero González
Leiden University / IAU100 Secretariat
The Netherlands

Talk Session 4.3
“Building A Culturally Inclusive Organisation”
Fiona Davenport
Affiliation SKA Organisation
United Kingdom

Talk Session 4.4
“A Forest of Guidelines for Inclusion & Diversity in STEM”
Tessa Vossen and Pedro Russo (presenter)
Astronomy and Science Group, Leiden Observatory / Science Communication & Society Department, Leiden University,
The Netherlands

Talk Session 4.5
“The Tactile Universe Project – Engaging the Visually Impaired Community with Accessible Astronomy Research”
Nicolas Bonne
Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth
United Kingdom

Talk Session 5 [Fri. 15 Nov., 10:15]
Theme: Astronomy for Society — Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Empathy in Communicating Astronomy

Talk Session 5.1
“Equity and Inclusivity Efforts in Canadian Astronomy”
Brenda Matthews
Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre, National Research Council of Canada

Talk Session 5.2
“Worldwide Telescope, An Ideal Platform for Equitable Astronomy”
Shanshan Li
National Astronomical Observatories, CAS

Talk Session 5.3
“WAISSYA: Inspiring Future Scientific Leaders in West Africa”
Heidi White
University of Toronto / Dunlap Institute

Talk Session 5.4
“Lifelong Astronomy Education – Astronomy for the Seniors, by the Seniors”
Shigeyuki Karino
Kyushu Sangyo University

Talk Session 5.5
“Enhancing Accessibility through Sonification and Sound Technologies”
Jeffrey Hannam
RMIT University, Australia

Talk Session 6 [Fri. 15 Nov., 11:15]
Theme: Astronomy for Society — Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Empathy in Communicating Astronomy

Talk Session 6.1
“Developing inclusive resources: representation, co-creation, culturally relevant communication”
Carolina Odman
Inter-University Institute for Data-Intensive Astronomy, University of the Western Cape
South Africa

Talk Session 6.2
“A Multicultural Constellation Viewfinder”
Farid Char
Center of Astronomy, University of Antofagasta

Talk Session 6.3
“3D Planetary Model of Solar System for Visually Impaired Person: Basic Astronomy Education for Disabilities”
Irsad Tio Majid
State University of Jakarta

Talk Session 6.4
“Girls in the Museum – Pursuing Gender Equity in Astronomy”
Patricia Figueiró Spinelli
Museum of Astronomy and Related Sciences (MAST, in the Portuguese acronym)

Talk Session 6.5
“The Development of Astronomy in The Topic Apparent Motion of the Sun Using Sign Language at Special School”
Sari Sri Sukmawati
Universitas Ahmad Dahlan

Talk Session 7 [Thu. 14 Nov., 09:30]
Learning from Best Practices

Talk Session 7.1
“Astrophysics in the Dark: Challenges and Solutions from a BVI Perspective”
Garry Foran
Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
Swinburne University of Technology

Talk Session 7.2
“The Parkes Radio Telescope as a Tool for Inclusive Science Engagement”
Jimi Green
CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science

Talk Session 7.3
“Building Networks and Best Practices for Astronomy for Inclusion in Japan”
Kumiko Usuda-Sato
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)

Talk Session 7.4
“Communicating Cosmology with Multisensory Metaphorical Experiences”
Jose Eliel Camargo-Molina, representing Roberto Trotta
Imperial College London
United Kingdom

Talk Session 7.5
“The Sign Language in Astronomy”
Dominique Proust, Beatriz Garcia, Amelia Ortiz-Gil (Presenters)
Affiliation GEPI- Observatoire de Paris


Poster Sessions

Presenters will have the chance to make a 3min. presentation in two dedicated Poster Sessions (Poster Session 1 & 2) in the first day and third day of the symposium. No special presentation file is allowed at this oral presentation, and we will share the text of your poster online for better accessibility. The printed format is optional, as each poster will need to have digitally accessible content.
Posters will be on display during two full days and in a special Coffee Break dedicated to the Poster displays.

Notes for Poster Presenters:
1) We kindly ask all poster presenters to make a 3min. presentation in two dedicated Poster Sessions (Poster Session 1 & 2) in the first day and third day of the symposium (no special presentation file is allowed at this oral presentation).
2) Printed format is optional (max. 841Width × 1189Height (mm)). Each poster will need to have a digitally accessible content (a text file, no PDF). We will share the text of your poster online for better accessibility. Please send it to the organization by November 5.
3) Posters will be on display during two full days and in two special 45min. long Coffee Breaks dedicated to the Poster displays.
4) Several poster presenters cannot travel to Japan for various reasons (e.g. mobility, financial, ecological, etc) if your timezone allows you to be connected online during the 45min. Poster & Coffee Break, please let us know so we can arrange with you the details of participation.

Session I (DAY 1 & DAY 2)

Poster Session 1.1
“Equalizing Access to Data Processing in Astronomy – An Overview of the Features, Functions, and Development Process for Afterglow Access Software”
Kate Meredith, Tim Spuck (Presenter)
President Geneva Lake Astrophysics and STEAM

Poster Session 1.2
“Bi-sensorial Astronomy for Chilean BVI people”
Pamela Paredes Sabando
Universidad de Concepción

Poster Session 1.3
“Understanding Perspectives and Mapping a Path to Inclusion for Students With and Without Visual Impairment”
Neha Deshpande
Inter-university Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics

Poster Session 1.4
“UNAWE Korea : ‘Let’s go to the Universe TOGETHER!'”
Jeong Ae Lee
Republic of Korea

Poster Session 1.5
“Astronomy Education and Communication in the Brazilian Society: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Empathy in the 21st Century”
Alan Alves-Brito
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

Poster Session 1.6
“Astronomy Without Barriers: Mapping of Demonstratives Experiences in Latin America”
Patricia Brogna
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Poster Session 1.7
“Inspiring Stars Exhibition in Vienna”
Sanje Fenkart & Martina Koppitz

Poster Session 1.8
“Communicating Astronomy to Inclusive Kids Using IMPACT Dome: Indonesia Malaysia Project on Astronomy Education Using Tactile Image (IMPACT Dome)”
Amirul Hazim Kamarulzaman and Muhammad Hafez Murtza
Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Universe Awareness Malaysia (APADILANGIT)

Poster Session 1.9
“SciAccess: Promoting Disability Inclusion and Diversity in Astronomy Through Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations”
Anna Voelker
The Ohio State University

Poster Session 1.10 (Remote)
“Role of Cultural Astronomy in Collaborating and Supporting Indigenous Cultures”
Javier Mejuto Gonzalez
[1]Archaeoastronomy and Cultural Astronomy Department, Space Sciences Faculty, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras, Honduras.
[2]Centre for Astrophysics, School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences at University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

Poster Session 1.11
“AstroVoices: a Home-made Project with a Huge Response and Impact.”
Francesca Primas

Poster Session 1.12
“Do Scientific Publications in Astronomy Suffer from Gender Patterns?”
Francesca Primas

Poster Session 1.13
“Development of Flexible Extended Eyepiece Attachable to Small Telescopes for Severely Physically Handicapped Persons”
Junichi Watanabe
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Poster Session 1.14 (Remote)
“The Astronomy Outreach for Students at Merapi Volcano Disaster Area”
Yudhiakto Pramudya
Universitas Ahmad Dahlan

Poster Session 1.15
“Photometers and Photometry in Astronomy: The Global Inclusive Campaign to Determine the Sun’s Power”
Alexandre Costa, Beatriz Garcia, Juan A. Prieto and Rosa M. Ros (presented)
Portugal, Argentina, Spain, Spain

Poster Session 1.16

Poster Session 1.17
“Stakeholder Engagement with SKA in South Africa”
Anton Binneman
South Africa

[END OF Poster Session I]

Session II (DAY 3 & DAY 4)

Poster Session 2.1 (Remote)
“Targeting Conceptual Mathematical Barriers in Astronomy”
Kathy Eastwood, presented by Wanda Diaz-Merced
Northern Arizona University

Poster Session 2.2 (Remote) 
Vladimir Karas
Historical sites of astronomical observatories and their new role in promoting diversity and equity in scientific research
Astronomical Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences
Czech Republic

Poster Session 2.3
“Development for the Astronomical Media for the Visually Impaired in Thailand”
Suwanit Wutsang
National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT)

Poster Session 2.4
“Astronomy for Post-conflict Regions”
Prospery Simpemba
Copperbelt University

Poster Session 2.5 (Remote)
“An Affordable Telescope Making by 3D Printing Technology”
Pyeong Jun Park
Korea National University of Transportation
South Korea

Poster Session 2.6
“Astronomy for Students with Visual Impairments: Development of the Career Exploration Lab”
Thomas Madura
San Jose State University

Poster Session 2.7
“Development of a Portable Inflatable Tactile Planetarium for Accessible Education and Public Outreach in Arizona and New Mexico”
Jacqueline Monkiewicz
Arizona State University

Poster Session 2.8
“Learning Astronomy in Anusarnsunthorn School for the Deaf”
Apichaya Sritong and Niparin Palazon

Poster Session 2.9
“Scientific and Cultural Impact of a Decade of .Astronomy Conferences”
Carolina Odman
Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy, University of the Western Cape
South Africa

Poster Session 2.10
“A Lunar Phases Model with Light for the Visually Impaired Students”
Pattaya Jaicham
The Northern Region School for the Blind under the Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, Chiang Mai

Poster Session 2.11
“The Cascade Outreach Model: Relatable and Representative Role Models.”
Carolina Odman
Inter-University Institute for Data-Intensive Astronomy, University of the Western Cape
South Africa

Poster Session 2.12
“The Music Which the Variable Stars Play”
Hitoshi Yamaoka

Poster Session 2.13
“Virtual Trek on the Moon with Your Fingertips Regardless of Eyesight”
Akihiko Tomita
Wakayama University

Poster Session 2.14 (Remote)
“Astronomy for Development from School to University in South-western China”
Siwei Zou
Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Peking University

Poster Session 2.15
“Equality & Diversity in Outreach and Why It Matters”
Mathieu Isidro
SKA Organisation
United Kingdom

Poster Session 2.16
“Inclusive Design Workshops at the Nishi-Harima Astronomical Observatory”
Jun Takahashi
University of Hyogo

Poster Session 2.17

Poster Session 2.18
“Inspiring Stars – The IAU Inclusive World Exhibition”
Maria Rosaria D’Antonio

[END OF Poster Session II]

Sharing Spaces [Parallel Sessions]

*Sharing Space* [Parallel Session/Panel Dialogue]
Thu. Nov. 14, 13:30 [1 hour]
Diversity and Inclusion in Research Environments
In the panel session the invited participants from diverse institutional backgrounds such as ESO, KASI, NARIT, SKA, JAXA, and ESA will 1) discuss the successful policies on diversity and inclusion; 2) the role and importance of outreach actions to create more balanced research environments and 3) benefits and caveats of diversity and inclusion in research environments.
The panel will be moderated by Amelia Ortiz-Gil, Chair of the IAU WG Astronomy for Equity and Inclusion and the participants of the panel are:
* Francesca Primas, ESO
* Junga Hwang, KASI
* Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, NARIT
* Mathieu Isidro, SKA
* Kumi Nitta, JAXA
* Ersilia Vaudo, ESA

*Safe Space* [Parallel Session/Free Dialogue]
Thu. Nov. 14, 13:30 [1 hour]
Topics proposals are accepted freely on the spot, to be discussed by those inside the room and arranged in smaller groups, if the participants wish so.
No recording and no photos are allowed inside the Safe Space room.

Sharing Spaces [Lunch Sessions]

*Sharing Space 1* [Lunch Session 1/Guided Dialogue]
Tue. Nov. 12, 13:00 [1 hour]

Lessons from the Field: How to Create a Meaningful Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mission Statement
(and platform) for an International Science Institution
Sandra Dawson, Thirty Meter Telescope, Manager – Community Affairs,
Janesse Brewer –23.4 Degrees, Principal
This discussion group will explore what steps astronomy projects have taken to build a meaningful DEI commitment statement. A meaningful DEI statement creates the platform for advancing important institutional values as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This can be complicated for any organization, and particularly so for an international partnership where diversity, equity, and inclusion mean has different cultural implications in places such as Japan, U.S., China, India, Canada, Europe, Africa and Latin America. Gender, persons with disabilities, sexual orientation, religion, class and other factors are considerations that need to be understood within cultural contexts. This session will explore lessons learned, challenges, and barriers to how astronomy organizations are embracing DEI statements and the platforms they create for ensuring the field benefits from the widest range of perspectives and expertise.

*Sharing Space 2* [Lunch Session/Guided Dialogues]
Wed. Nov. 13, 12:00 [1 hour]
Mitaka Resolutions Special Dialogue

*Sharing Space 3* [Lunch Session/Guided Dialogues]
Thu. Nov. 14, 13:00 [1 hour]
Breaking Down Barriers to International Recruitment
Mathieu Isidro FRAS MCIPR, Deputy Communications Manager, SKA Organisation, Jodrell Bank
[~5-10min., introduction to the topics, ~20min, having 3 separate groups working in parallel, ~5min., a summary from each group, ~20min., discussion.]

1) Attracting diverse candidates – Social Media, Friend or Foe? – moderator Mathieu Isidro
The purpose of the discussion is to see how organisations and individuals can make better use of social media channels to attract candidates (Where do you hear about jobs? Do you regularly share your organisation’s jobs? Are social media helping or hindering job post visibility?). The discussion will be led by Mathieu, asking questions to the group to get their feedback and encouraging debate.

2) Barriers to high-quality diverse applications – Lack of Understanding or Lack of Effort? – moderator Fiona Davenport
The focus of this discussion is to address issues around the quality of applications in multicultural environments when recruiting people from different nationalities. Is there an international standard for how CVs and applications should be presented? Should applicants match the requirements of organisations or should organisations be more flexible? What cultural differences should we be conscious of? Etc. Fiona ask participants based on their own experiences

3) Meeting Expectations – What  “must-haves” would you look for when joining a diverse organisation? – moderator from CSIRO (TBC)
What is important to you when looking for a job somewhere? Where are the kind of issues that you pay particular attention? What must-have benefits would you expect? The discussion will be driven by an astronomer with experience working abroad and internationally.

*Sharing Space 4* [Lunch Session/Guided Dialogues]
Fri. Nov. 15, 12:15 [1 hour]
Topic proposals are accepted on the spot to be discussed by those inside the room.