Darksky 2008

August 22-23 - Vienna, Austria


  • Please use the symbols in the final program below to download the presentations or to go to the abstract.
  • Alternatively you can go directly to the download folder or download all presentations as a ZIP file (~70 MB).
  • A PDF file with the abstracts can be downloaded here (89 KB).
  • The Survival Guide of the symposium can be downloaded as a PDF file here (184 KB).
  • See also this page for the abstracts of the talks, workshops and posters.
  • Here is the second and the final announcement for the 8th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky.

    Documents to discuss

  • EU Directive work document (155 KB)
  • Starlight Declaration (starlight2007.net)
  • Starlight Reserve (1.001KB)
  • Letter to EU as comment to EuP. Proposal for discussion (23KB).

    Documents are under discussion. When you have comments or remarks, please send them to Friedel Pas.


    Photos by Eric Grosemans http://users.telenet.be/EricGrosemans/gallery.html
    Photos by Lieven Persoons http://www.fotostudiopersoons.be/fp/IDA.html

    Final Program with links to Abstracts and Documents

    Thursday, August 21


    Registration desk open

    20:00 app.

    Topical dinner: IAU International Year of Astronomy Dark Sky Awareness Cornerstone (meeting point at the Kuffner-Observatory)

    Friday, August 22


    Registration desk opens
    09:00 - 09:20 Opening session

    Welcome and Opening (5 min)

    Awards (Friedel Pas) (15 min)

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    09:20 - 10:40 Andreas Hänel, Fachgruppe Dark Sky: (20 min)
    10 years of European Symposiums for the Protection of the Night Sky

    Andrej Mohar, Dark Sky Slovenia: (20 min)
    LEX - Light pollution Law Efficiency Index

    Itai Kloog, Univ. Haifa: (40 min)
    Light at night co-distributes with incident breast but not lung cancer in the female population of Israel




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    10:40 - 11:00 Break
    11:00 - 12:30 Public lecture session

    Christoph Aubrecht, ARC, C. D. Elvidge, NOAA: (30 min)
    Satellite observed nighttime lights as an indicator of human induced stress on coral reef

    Wilfried Doppler, Umweltanwaltschaft Wien: (20 min)
    "Helle Not"

    Bob Mizon and Martin Morgan-Taylor, British Astronomical Association Campaign for Dark Skies: (20 min)
    Progress in the UK on dark-sky legislation

    Thierry Midavaine, Association Francaise d'Astronomie: (20 min)
    Urban Illumination: From the needs to the acceptance test





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    12:30 - 14:30 Lunch Break
    14:30 - 15:50 Public lecture session

    Martin Morgan-Taylor and Friedel Pas: (20 min)
    Remarks on the new EuP Directive

    Chris Baddiley, Scientific Advisor to the British Astronomical Association Campaign for Dark Skies: (20 min)
    Towards sky-luminance based lighting standards

    Andreas Hänel, Fachgruppe Dark Sky: (20 min)
    News from Germany I: Competition energy efficient street lighting and the light pollution petition in the Bundestag

    Thomas Haberstroh, Schréder GmbH Österreich: (Sponsor, 20 min)
    Dark Sky – Industry aspects by Schréder





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    15:50 - 16:10 Break
    16:10 - 17:30 Workshops:

    Jan Hollan, IDA Czechia:
    Ligh pollution definition

    Connie Walker, NOAO/IAU and Günther Wuchterl, TLS/VKS:
    The IAU international year of astronomy dark-sky-awareness cornerstone I: Globe at Night, How Many Stars ...



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    17:30 - 17:50 Break
    17:50 - 19:00


    Jan Hollan, IDA Czechia:
    A course of digital photometry by ordinary cameras

    Connie Walker, NOAO/IAU and Günther Wuchterl, TLS/VKS:
    The IAU international year of astronomy dark-sky-awareness cornerstone: Part II: Sky Quality Meter and Luxmeter networks



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    19:00 - open Poster Session with drinks and snacks and film presentation: Cities at Night
    20:00 Susanne Lettner, Vienna Public Lighting, municipal department 33: (20 min)
    MASTERPLAN LICHT FÜR WIEN - bringt das strategische Lichtkonzept auch ein MEHR an Sternenlicht?

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    20:30 Visit of the "good quality illumination park"
    21:00 Guided tour through the Kuffner Observatory

    Saturday, August 23


    Registration desk opens

    09:00 - 10:20

    Lecture session

    István Gyarmathy, Hortobágy National Park: (20 min)
    Hortobágy National Park - a proposed dark sky preserve

    Henk Spoelstra, Platform Lichthinder: (20 min)
    Modelling light pollution : understanding the light propagation in the atmosphere, the influence of the degree of urbanisation and weather conditions

    Željko Andreic, Doroteja Andreic, Ana Bonaca, Korado Korlevic, Petra Korlevic and Mirna Kramar, Višnjan Education Center: (20 min)
    Modelling of light pollution on the territory of Republic of Croatia

    Jan Hollan, IDA Czechia: (20 min)
    Automated selection of most promising luminaire photometries for any streetlighting case





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    10:20 - 10:40 Break
    10:40 - 12:00 Lecture session

    Albert White, IDA Ireland: (20 min)
    A new educational 3D environment based game relating to light pollution

    Connie Walker, NOAO: (20 min)
    International Year of Astronomy Dark Sky Awareness Cornerstone

    Günther Wuchterl, TLS/VKS: (20 min)
    A global survey of night sky brightness in the International Year of Astronomy 2009

    Georg Zotti, WAA & Österreichischer Astronomischer Verein: (20 min) Sky brightness measurements with a digital camera: the effect of a small nearby village (Grossmugl) on night sky brightness.






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    12:00 - 14:00 Lunch break
    14:00 - 15:20 Lecture session

    Andreas Hänel, Fachgruppe Dark Sky: (20 min)
    News from Germany II: LED street lighting and sky background measurements with the different SQMs

    André Müller, MPI für Astronomie, Heidelberg and Günther Wuchterl, TLS: (20 min)
    The First Continuous Measurements of Nightsky Brightness with a New Low Cost Luxmeter

    Thomas Posch, Institute for Astronomy, University of Vienna: (20 min)
    The Dark Side of Light - TV documentaries

    Gerald Pfiffinger, Birdlife Austria: (20min)
    Tödliche Lichtfallen für Vögel / Deadly light-traps for birds





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    15:20 - 15:40 Break

    15:40 - 17:00

    Closing session

    Friedel Pas (30 min)
    IDA-Europe update

    Panel Discussion: The next steps (35 min)

    Renewal of the Declaration in Defence of the Night Sky and the Right to Starlight (La Palma Declaration) (10 min)

    Albert White, IDA Ireland: Invitation to the Darksky 2009 in Ireland (5 min)

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    17:30 tbc

    Bus ride to conference dinner and Großmugl excursion
    19:00 tbc Conference Dinner
    21:00-23:00 Großmugl at the Milky Way observations
    22:30 Moonrise in the Pleiades!
    00:30-01:00 Last bus departs to Vienna

    Sunday, August 24

    21:00 optional guided tour through the Vienna University Observatory

    in preparation

    optional guided mountain dark-sky tour to the Austrian Alps

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