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September 2018

Symposium on Promotion and Protection of the Night Sky, Capraia Island, Italy

September 13, 2018 - September 14, 2018

Artificial light at night, environmental impacts and sustainable tourism
Sep. 13-14, 2018, in Capraia Island, Italy

The Institute of Biometeorology of the National Research Council of Italy,
in collaboration with Attivarti.org and the Department of Biology of the
University of Pisa are pleased to invite you to the Symposium on Promotion
and Protection of the Night Sky that will be held, in Capraia Island,
Italy, Sep. 13-14, 2018.

The symposium is devoted to all aspects of artificial light at night
(ALAN), including environmental issues related to an excess in its use and
potential socio-economic benefits of dark skies for tourism in rural areas
and natural parks, with a special focus on marine and coastal areas.

In this respect, the Island of Capraia (http://www.isoladicapraia.it/) is
an ideal scenario to host such a symposium, due to its naturalistic and
touristic value within the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago and the
presence of a very good quality of night sky.

The aim of the symposium is to share and expand theoretical knowledge and
practical experiences within all fields of science and management related
to artificial light at night and will offer the opportunity for networking
and creating partnership for future collaboration. Furthermore, the period
of the symposium is favourable for conducting observations and

The topics of the Symposium are:
- Design, monitoring, modelling and analysis of artificial light
- Environmental impacts on terrestrial and marine ecosystems
- Sustainable tourism and society

Targeted participants are:
- professionals, academics,
- policy makers in tourism and environment,
- park managers and astronomic observatories,
- NGOs, public or private organisations related to lighting technology and
design, astronomy, art, environmental education and tourism.

You are invited to submit an abstract (200-300 words) to contribute with
your expertise to the Symposium, following the attached template also
available on the website.

Important Dates:
Abstract submission deadline: April 20, 2018
Notification of acceptance/rejection: May 15, 2018
Deadline for early bird registration: June 10, 2018

For further information, visit the symposium's website:

Contact info and abstract submission: capraianightsky2018@ibimet.cnr.it

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October 2018

UN World Data Forum 2018, Dubai, U.A.E.

October 22, 2018 @ 08:00 - October 24, 2018 @ 17:00 +04

The UN World Data Forum 2018 will be hosted by Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, of United Arab Emirates from 22 to 24 October 2018, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission and the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Forum will be a great opportunity for data and statistics experts from around the world to:

JOIN together in this unique event with governments, businesses, civil society and the scientific and academic communities.
EXPLORE innovative ways to apply data and statistics to measure global progress and inform evidence-based policy decisions on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
CONTRIBUTE to important discussions, data labs and interactive platforms aimed at improving the use of data for sustainable development.
LAUNCH new initiatives and solutions that will deliver better data for all.

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