The European Dark Sky Places Conference 2017 will present a unique opportunity combining the interests of stakeholders in dark sky designations, lighting management, astronomy, conservation, planning, architecture, health and wellbeing, tourism development, humanities and the arts.
As we become more urbanized and pollute ourselves with more and more light we are losing the ability to see the stars which informed the lives of our ancestors. Light pollution will be a major global issue for the 21st century. We have only just begun to understand the decisive impact of the clarity of the sky on the conservation of biological diversity and ecosystems and the role of darkness on the health and wellbeing of humankind.
The following themes have been chosen as a basis for discussion:
> We can't see the Milky Way at night, and the fault lies not in our stars, but in our lighting. How can we change that?
> Lighting constraints and design with architectural insights of the built environment we need to light. What is good lighting design and challenges in its application?
> Light and?? ?its ecological impact and its effect on human?s.? How do we mitigate the effects?
> Darkness and its cultural? ?role and significance to humanity.
> Dark skies and its effects? ?and relationship to health and well-being and communities.
> The technical aspects of the planning regulations and safety codes, how you measure the dark environment. Why are the regulations set and how do we change them?
> Transformational effects of Dark Skies and opportunities for economic development through tourism.
> Why is darkness so important to us and how do you inform the wider audience? of this??