Organizations and Strategies in Astronomy Volume 6

  • André Heck

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 335)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Pages 1-10
  3. John B. Hearnshaw
    Pages 63-86
  4. Sabine Schindler
    Pages 87-95
  5. J. P. Madrid, F. D. Macchetto, Cl. Leitherer, G. Meylan
    Pages 133-143
  6. Carol A. Christian, Greg Davidson
    Pages 145-156
  7. Frazer R. Pearce, Duncan A. Forbes
    Pages 157-168
  8. Julian Hermida
    Pages 191-204
  9. Rafael Rebolo
    Pages 205-224
  10. Roger Ferlet, Carlton R. Pennypacker
    Pages 275-286
  11. Ian Morison, Tim O’brien
    Pages 287-298
  12. Tom Siedgfried, Alexandra Witze
    Pages 311-320
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 321-351

About this book


This book is the sixth volume under the title Organizations and Strategies in Astronomy (OSA). The OSA series is intended to cover a large range of fields and themes. In practice, one could say that all aspects of astronomy-related life and environment are considered in the spirit of sharing specific expertise and lessons learned.

The chapters of this book are dealing with socio-dynamical aspects of the astronomy (and related space sciences) community: characteristics of organizations, strategies for development, legal issues, operational techniques, observing practicalities, educational policies, journal and magazine profiles, public outreach, publication studies, relationships with the media, research communication, evaluation and selection procedures, research indicators, national specificities, contemporary history, and so on.

The experts contributing to this volume have done their best to write in a way understandable to readers not necessarily hyperspecialized in astronomy while providing specific detailed information and sometimes enlightening `lessons learned' sections. The book concludes with an updated bibliography of publications related to socio-astronomy and to the interactions of the astronomy community with the society at large.

This volume will be most usefully read by researchers, teachers, editors, publishers, librarians, sociologists of science, research planners and strategists, project managers, public-relations officers, plus those in charge of astronomy-related organizations, as well as by students aiming at a career in astronomy or related space science.


Evaluation Nation astronomy astrophysics education environment nature sociology space science

Editors and affiliations

  • André Heck
    • 1
  1. 1.Strasbourg Astronomical ObservatoryFrance

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