CAAUL is a leading institution in promoting science and outreach in
Portugal, with a very strong presence in society, reaching over 350 000
people through its outreach network. Science outreach activities range
from frequent public sessions in schools and public libraries,
exhibitions, planetary sessions, an international newsletter and the
production of vodcasts, to the monthly organisation of public sessions
at the Lisbon Astronomical Observatory, and occasional star parties that
can reach more than 2000 people per event. The outreach department
currently counts on the support of 50 volunteers, mostly physics
students at the University of Lisbon.
For years, we have been giving the public the opportunity to attend exciting public talks given by researchers and other invited speakers. The talks happen on the last Saturday of every month and each explores a different topic in Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Talks in Schools
Members of CAAUL visit schools regularly, by responding to direct invitations. We do our best to give motivating Astronomy talks that help raise the importance of Science and Astronomy and that motivate youngsters toward s a career in such areas. These activities are conducted in close collaboration with the Department of Physics at the Faculty of Sciences (Departamento de Física da
Between May 1995 and December 2006 we published the O
Observatório, a monthly newsletter that was distributed to over 800 schools, free of charge. This project was stopped due to the lack of funding, but will be resumed as soon as there is enough funding for it.
Activities within Programa Ciência
We work closely with Ciencia Viva in order to organise many Summer activities for the general public.