INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: "ASTRONOMY AND WORLD HERITAGE: ACROSS TIME AND CONTINENTS"
19 - 24 AUGUST
KAZAN , RUSSIA
On 20 December 2007, the United Nations 62nd General Assembly proclaimed 2009 the International Year of Astronomy. UNESCO was designated as the lead agency and focal point for the Year.
As noted by the UNESCO General Conference at its 33rd session, the UNESCO Thematic Initiative "Astronomy and World Heritage" contributes to the preparation of the International Year of Astronomy, and will provide an opportunity to raise public awareness, especially with young people, about the safeguarding of scientific heritage, and to enhance the links between science, education and culture.
During the opening ceremony of the International Year of Astronomy, which took place on 15 January 2009, the Director-General of UNESCO officially launched the cycle of activities "Astronomy and World Heritage: across time and continents". One of the main activities of this cycle is the International Conference on "Astronomy and World Heritage: across time and continents", to be hosted by the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan (Russian Federation) 19 - 24 August 2009.
The role of astronomy on population of different continents, the importance of the astronomical heritage world-wide, in terms of its enrichment of the history of humanity, the promotion of cultural diversity and the enhancement of international exchange, and the fundamental role that culture plays in scientific progress and science are reflected in Congress items.
Program of the Congress will include only invited reports on result of the studies of ancient objects for which astronomical nature is proved by methods of archeology and astronomy, as well report of astronomical observatories being Outstanding Universal Value from historical or architectral point of view.
Within the framework of Congress also the following activity will be organized also:
Each participant may present his report for these three conferences.
United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization , UNESCO
World Heritage Centre , WHC
International Astronomical Union, IAU
Russian Academy science, RAS
Russian National Commission for UNESCO
Republic Tatarstan government
Tatarstan Academy science, AN RT
Kazan State University, KSU
Institute of astronomy RAS
Euroasian Astronomical Society
Russian Foundation for Basic Research, RFBR