Call For Applications (Pre-Meeting)

Seeing the Universe Workshop

The American Museum of Natural History, Space Telescope Science Institute, and Denver Museum of Nature and Science invite you to particpate in “Seeing the Universe: Visualizing Space for Informal Science Education Audiences,” a focus group workshop scheduled for 2–4 February 2005 in New York City.

The focus group will bring together visualization providers, users, commercial vendors and NASA scientists and mission personnel in order to identify the next steps and coordinate our efforts. We will examine the lessons learned from previous efforts and identify the assets, capabilities, needs, and limitations of each community involved in bringing high quality visualizations to informal science education audiences. Special attention will be paid to developing tool kits that empower informal education institutions to tailor content to their particular audiences, technologies, and programs. Additional focus will be placed on the unique needs of and opportunities provided by domed/immersive theatres. The focus group will foster inter-community communication and coordination, leading to collaboration on future projects.

A three-day focus group workshop
Science, education, and commercial professionals actively involved in interpreting current space-science research for the public; because of limited space, participation is through application only
2–4 February 2005
American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York
No registration fee; limited travel support available for selected participants
Deadline For Applications:
17 January 2005

Specific objectives of the focus group are to:

  • identify and summarize the resources, capabilities, needs, and limitations of each community involved in bringing visualizations to informal science education audiences, with special focus on users’ needs and producers’ capabilities;
  • examine case studies of previous visualization activities and extract the lessons learned;
  • elicit feedback for NASA about its current and future role in the pipeline and recommend strategies for improvement;
  • assess the drivers behind the creation of specific visualizations (missions, educational products and programs, planetarium shows, etc.) and develop a straw-man priority-ranked list of desired visualizations;
  • examine the opportunities and challenges unique to fully immersive (i.e., domed) environments;
  • identify strategies for facilitating coordination among partners (including NASA), providing for training and professional development within and between communities, and addressing roadblocks or other issues of concern;
  • communicate the results of the focus group efforts to NASA and, as appropriate, to the community at large;
  • establish collaborations in the community.
Flow Chart
Figure 1: The flow of data and information from the scientific community to informal education audiences. Each community has an essential role to play in bringing the highest quality experiences to our audiences. Similarly, each has its own unique needs and perspectives.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate, send the following information to wyatt at the domain Your answers to the following questions will assist the selection team in choosing the participating institutions.

  1. Your name:
  2. Name of your institution:
  3. Address of your institution:
  4. Email address:
  5. Phone number:
  6. Fax number:
  7. Visualization area(s) of interest:
  8. What experience do you have in utilizing NASA Space Science resources? Please describe briefly:
  9. What role do you perform in bringing science visualization to the public?
  10. What perspectives do you hope to bring to the focus group?
  11. Does your Science Center currently have any partnerships or belong to a network including other science centers or institutions that could be leveraged because of your participation in the focus group? If so, please briefly describe the partnership and list the other centers and/or institutions involved.

We will confirm receipt of your submission and contact you with further information. We hope to see you in New York in February!