This year, we’re celebrating IDA’s 30th anniversary and the community of scientists, conservationists, policy-makers, and advocates who successfully work together to preserve and protect the natural nighttime environment and our heritage of night skies.
Dates & Location
The 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held November 9, 10, and 11 at Snowbird Ski and Summer Retreat, 9385 S. Snowbird Center Dr., Snowbird, Utah 84092.
Less than an hour’s drive southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah, Snowbird is located up Little Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains, and is known for having “the greatest snow on earth.” The mountain community boasts some of the best winter activities, including skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, shopping, and dining. And of course, clear night skies.
Paul Bogard, author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light is among the most influential public figures in building awareness about dark skies. Bogard’s blend of storytelling, natural history, and science offers an approachable narrative for anyone interested in dark skies and nighttime conservation.
As a Star Lore Historian, Mary Stewart Adams has led award-winning, humanities-based programs advocating for dark skies, with particular emphasis on how the “science” of each era becomes the story and even the mythology for later generations, which provokes the question: What is the story originating with our knowledge and experience of the stars now, and how is it informing the cultural life?
The further back we go through human history, the more evidence we find of how essential a knowledge of the stars was to community life, informing everything from where to build the sacred sites to how to the farm the land; from navigating the waters to teaching the next generations. Because of its intimate role in informing community life, star knowledge was regarded as the highest knowledge to be attained. What is the link between the scientific research and discovery of today with the fine arts and even the spiritual beliefs of the many cultures around the world that is not merely rooted in tradition, but is being fostered through constructive dialogue regarding the shared striving to know the human being in its environment? How does this dialogue, or lack of dialogue if that be the case, impact efforts to mitigate light pollution?
Inspired by a truly dark sky, photographs can tell stories showing the link between the cosmos and the Earth. As it is the only art form directly affected by light pollution, the degradation of the night sky can be accurately depicted.
On the evening of Sunday, November 11, IDA & ALAN will co-present a public screening of SKYGLOW, a three-year-long astrophotography project that collected over 3,000,000 images. TheSKYGLOW book and presentation explores the history and mythology of celestial observation, the proliferation of electrical outdoor lighting that spurred the rise of the phenomena known as “skyglow,” and the Dark Sky Movement that’s fighting to reclaim the night skies.
Conserving natural darkness across the Earth is a growing passion for many of us. Whether you are currently working with government officials to promote changes in the use of artificial light at night, considering broaching the topic, or have worked with them in the past, this session will provide a space to talk about successes, challenges, and strategies.
IDA’s Annual General Meeting is open to the public. You do not have to be a member to attend.
The annual gathering is an important part of building a strong community of dark sky advocates. The full cost per person of the Annual General Meeting is $250. However, in an effort to make the Annual General meeting accessible to as many participants as possible, IDA has implemented a sliding scale registration model. We encourage attendees to register at the rate that’s possible for them. Follow the link below to view all sliding scale options.
All registration options include*:
- Friday afternoon, all day Saturday, and all day Sunday event access
- Friday evening dessert reception
- Saturday and Sunday networking breakfast
- Saturday lunch
- Friday, Saturday, and Sunday break snacks
*except for One Day Registration
Registrants are responsible for travel and hotel accommodations. For reservations, please click below: