outreach berkeley

The Department of Astronomy believes in the importance of engaging with our local communities and is currently working to develop new programs to facilitate these efforts. We aim to invest in the next generation of Astronomers by:

  • Creating informational tools and materials with the intent to aide in the understanding of Astronomy-related concepts and topics.
  • Providing more interactive, face-to-face opportunities for those whom otherwise would not have ready access to the various types of resources in our employ.

Ultimately, our goal is to provide a launching pad for those who possess a curiosity in our field of study and to encourage the burgenoning interests of individuals of all ages.

While we work diligently to make these plans a reality, we invite you to visit our events page and explore our list of Local Resources to find Astronomy related groups and locations around the Bay Area. 

If you are an instructor or event organizer overseeing Astronomy or science-based conferences, lectures, or hands-on camps, courses, or units and would like to inquire about volunteers from the department, please contact our Outreach group; we are happy to speak with you!

Evening with the Stars

How Do We Detect Life on Planets Orbiting Nearby Stars?

Please enjoy this recorded presentation given on May 13th, 2020 by Professor Courtney Dressing and her research group by clicking on the image below.

Evening With the Stars Dressing icon


Outreach Spotlight

AARON LEE has spent many, many hours working with students of all ages by organizing field trips, conducting classroom visits to local schools, and participating in numerous Science-based fairs and events around the Bay Area; his work has gone a long way to developing the next generation of Astronomers! The department is incredibly thankful for all of his hard work.

FRANCESCA FORNASINI has worked extensively with the Society of Women in the Physical Sciences by organizing events to connect women across a number of departments. She has dedicated much of her time to creating new outreach opportunities and participating in numerous science-based events around the Bay Area. The department extends a massive thanks her for all of her hard work!