Euro Dark Sky Conference approaches

Preparations are underway for the first ever European Dark Sky Places Conference, focussing on the preservation of dark skies across the globe.

The conference will be held in Dumfries and Galloway, which offers some of the darkest skies in the world.

Credit: Jesse Beaman / Stargazing Scotland


Next month astronomers, campaigners and scientists will congregate in Dumfries & Galloway for the first ever European Dark Sky Places Conference.

Organised in partnership with the International Dark-Sky Association - which awards ‘dark sky’ status to regions around the world - and Galloway Forest Park - the UK’s first ‘Dark Sky Park’ - the conference will include lectures and discussions on the future preservation of dark skies on the planet.

Themes to be tackled during the conference include the effects of light pollution on our view of the Milky Way, how our built environment affects the darkness of the night sky, and the ecological impact of light on nature and society.

Speakers include John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, astronomer Dr Al Grauer, and physicist and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society Christopher Baddiley.

You can find out more about the conference at



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