Eyes on ISON

The arrival of the comet ISON into our horizon in November 2013, provides an exciting opportunity to gear towards involving school-going children on a massive scale in a campaign to track the comet, and participate in the unravelling of its progression towards the Sun. Further, tracking the comet, which will be visible in the early morning sky November 2013 onwards, can serve to excite and inspire teachers, and build capacity in them to creatively use the real sun and the night-sky as a teaching resource.


The details of the campaign are available on the campaign website: http://www.eyesoncometison.in


As part of this campaign, three national level training programmes will be held as follows:


Guwahati Workshop (primarily in English) : 22-24 Aug, 2013 

Contact : Tapan Sarma (tapan.k.sarma@gmail.com; 09706010490);

Venue: Guwahati Planetarium

Deadline for submission : 16 Aug 2013.


Bengaluru Workshop (primarily in English) : 20-22 Aug, 2013

Contact : H.S. Jaykumar (jaykumarhs@gmail.com; 09620464215);

Venue: Centre for Contemporary Studies, IISc

Deadline for submission : 16 Aug 2013. 


Bhopal Workshop (primarily in Hindi) : 3-5 Sep, 2013

Contact : Vijay Patel (vijay.katni@gmail.com; 09424685128);

Venue : Hindi Bhavan

Deadline for submission : 20 Aug 2013 


The training programmes are open to anyone above the age of 18 with a track-record of science communication, interested in using the arrival of the comet ISON as an opportunity for spreading awareness of the scientific method and astronomy as a science, and willing to serve as resource person in voluntary capacity, in the next level of training workshops planned at the state level. These state level workshops will be held in their respective regional languages, with the help of resource material prepared by the Eyes On ISON Campaign in that language and made available on the campaign website for free.


School teachers, amateur astronomers, science activists, science communicators are particularly encouraged to apply. We encourage individuals as well as groups to apply. Applicants should be willing to volunteer as “Key Resource persons" in subsequent state-level training workshops. Science Communication organizations/ voluntary agencies and State Councils of Science and Technology may recommend communicators for the programme.


Selected applicants will be paid travel costs at actuals not to exceed the equivalent of 2-tier A/C train fare by the shortest route to the location of the workshop. Accommodation of the participants on twin-sharing basis (basic level) and meals will be arranged and covered by the organisers.


Please note that submission of your application using this on-line application form is the STRONGLY PREFERRED method to apply. If you have difficulties doing so, then you may send all the information asked for below, by email to the respective contact person of the workshop that you wish to attend.


Selection of participants, from both applications received individually as well as those recommended by the science communication organisations, will be done by a selection committee appointed by the Eyes On ISON campaign and the decision of the committee will be final. There are limits on the number of participants at each workshop. Selection will be based on the following criteria:


1) Prior experience in science popularisation at the field level

2) Motivation for participation in the training workshop as described in the application form

3) Capacity and plans of the applicant for holding regional level training events as justified in the application form 


At the workshop, each participant is expected to execute a written commitment to execute such future workshops in their region.


The workshops are catalyzed and supported by NCSTC, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.