Tactile Universe – free training workshop in communicating astronomy to blind and visually impaired young people – Mon 14 January, 10am-4pm, Schuster Building, University of Manchester
The Tactile Universe is an STFC Nucleus Award funded public engagement project based at the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation. The project has used input and feedback from the UK’s vision impaired (VI) community to produce a suite of tactile 3D images of astronomical objects which can be used to help VI students access topics in current astronomy research, particularly those related to galaxies research.
If you are a teacher, science communicator, outreach officer or an interested member of the public who would like to use our resources with your local VI community, we would like to invite you to join us for a day of learning about the project and the free resources that we have to offer.
See more information and register for free at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tactile-universe-presenter-workshop-training-manchester-tickets-53638907416
Communicating physics and astronomy to a visually impaired audience
Tues 15 January, 10am-4pm, Schuster Building, University of Manchester
Physics and astronomy can be extremely difficult to access for people with visual impairments (VI). A reliance on images, diagrams, graphs, and other visual representations of data means that people with VI can easily feel excluded from these subjects. However, there are several initiatives and projects in the UK that are working to make topics within physics and astronomy more accessible for this audience. This meeting will showcase these projects, allowing participants to share best practice and explore future collaborations and other opportunities.
See more information and register for free at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/communicating-physics-and-astronomy-to-a-visually-impaired-audience-tickets-51749889312?ref=estw
Posted on behalf of Dr Emma Nichols, Public Engagement Manager, School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Manchester