Symposium 2011 Programme

Monday 27th of June

15:00 – 16:00 Registration

16:00 – Official Opening
* Sr. Ramon Farré, Vicepresident of Consorci del Montsec and
High-representative of Government of Catalonia in Lleida region.
* Sr. Albert Alins, High-representative of
Government of Catalonia in Pyrenees region.
* Sra. M. Assumpta Farran, Head of Environment Quality Area of
Government of Catalonia.
* Sr. Josep Castells, Mayor of Castell de Mur municipality
* Sr. Salvador J. Ribas, Science Manager of Consorci del Montsec

16:30 – Invited Talk:
“Preserving the Starlight: A new challenge for environment
          by Cipriano Marin (Coordinator Starlight Initiative / UNESCO Urban
Futures Programme)

17:15 – Coffee Break

17:45 – Contributions:
 – “The Starlight Initiative in the Reserve of Biosphere of La

Jesús Ruiz Tutor & Susana Gómez Urizarna (Government of Rioja)
and Alberto Bañuelos & Susana Malón (AAC Acustica+Luminica)
“Dark Sky Protection in Catalonia”
          Sergi Paricio (Servei per a la Prevenció de la Contaminació Acústica i
Lluminosa, Government of Catalonia)
–  “International Dark Sky Reserve Project in French Pyrenees:
starry nights and sustainable development”
          Association PIRENE (Observatoire Pic du Midi)
– “Light Problems in a protected area: Montsec”
          Salvador J. Ribas (Parc Astronòmic Montsec)

20:00 Welcome Cocktail sponsored by Consorci del Montsec

23:00 Visit to “Centre d’Observació de l’Univers”

Tuesday 28th of June

Visit to Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec

16:00 – Invited Talk:
“The Andalusian Sky: Legislation, Protection, Appreciation
and Awareness”
          by Ángela Ranea (Government of Andalucia)

16:45 – Contributions (coffee break around 17:15 sponsored by
          AAC Acústica+Lumínica):
– “Slovenian Light Pollution Legislation”
          Gregor Vertacnik (Dark-Sky Slovenia)
– “The Mena Valley Project: Starting the actions”
Javier Mardones (Ayuntamiento Valle de Mena) and Alberto Bañuelos
& Susana Malón (AAC Acustica+Luminica)
  – “Oasis Starlight/Urban Star Park project in the city of Pau:
starry nights, astronomy and urban policy”
         Bruno Charlier and Nicolas Bourgeois (Université de Pau)
   – “Light Pollution in the Environment of the Turia Natural
          Enric Marco and Angel Morales (Universitat de València)
   – “Dark Sky Protection at Calar Alto Observatory (Spain)”
         David Galadí-Enríquez (Calar Alto Observatory)
– “The Road Runner System: A Light Pollution measuring
          Daniel Rosa Infantes (Sociedad Malagueña de Astronomía)

20:00 – Preparation of night measurements

22:00 – Measurements of Light Pollution / Observations

Wednesday 29th of June

Visit to Castell de Mur (“Castle of Mur”) offered by municipality of Castell de Mur

16:00 – Invited Talk:
  “Biodiversity at night”
          by Juan José Negro (Biological Station of Doñana / CSIC)

16:45 – Contributions (coffee break around 17:15):
– “A Biosphere Reserve under the stars”
          Tony Gallardo (Reserva de Biosfera de Fuerteventura / MaB)
– “Night species (title to be confirmed)” (Spanish lecture)
          Alfons G. Dolsa (Museu de les Papallones)
– “Cel Fosc organization (title to be confirmed)”
          Josep M. Bosch (CelFosc – Spanish Dark Sky Association)
– “Dark sky parks and places in Canada and the World”
(remote talk)
David Welch (DSAG, IUCN)
   – “The New Canadian Jasper Dark Sky Preserve” (remote talk)
Robert Dick (Royal Astronomical Society of Canada)
– “Dark-sky Parks and Light Pollution in TV shows and
          Valentin Grigore (Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy)

22:00 Observations

Thursday 30th of June

Excursion trip to Mont-Rebei canyon sponsored by Catalunya Caixa

16:00 – Invited Talk:
  “Identification and verification of potential dark sky parks in
          by Andreas Haenel (Dark Sky Germany and  Museum Osnabrueck)

16:45 – Contributions (coffee break at 17:15):
– “Ignite for Starry Night” – Getting Started to Achieve and
Protect a Natural Night Sky above Eifel National Park.”
          Harald Bardenhagen (Astronomie-Werkstatt “Sterne ohne
   – “The observatories of the Agrupación Astronómica de
Sabadell (AAS) in Montsec”
          Carles Schnabel (Agrupación Astronómica de Sabadell)
  – “ASTMON: A robotic all sky transmission monitor”
          Jesús Aceituno (AstroItec) and David Galadí (Calar Alto Observatory)
       – “The best way for ranking of dark sky parks”
          Kambiz Khaleghi (Iran Amateur Astronomy Society)
     – “Starlight & Lighting Master Plan in Amurrio (Spain)”
          Alberto Bañuelos and Susana Malón (AAC Acústica+Lumínica)
   – “Poetry against Light Pollution”
          Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (Romanian Society for Meteors and

22:00 Observations

Friday 1st of July

10:30 – Contributions:
– “Survey of Illumination Intensities–A Comparison Between
& States”
          Andrej Mohar (Dark-Sky Slovenia)
     – “The control of light pollution in Italy” (remote talk)
Fabio Falchi (Cielo Buio, Italy)

11:30 – Measurements test review

12:00 – Invited talk:
    “Professional Lighting in front Light Pollution: Problematics,
Evolution, Opportunities?”
by Ramon Sanmartin, Manuel Garcia
and Hector Solano (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)

13:00 – Conclusions

Free Afternoon
It’s possible to do free of charge a diurnal visit to Centre d’Observació de l’Univers

Dark sky advisory group

Beauties of Nature

Beasts in Nature