I received some fantastic news this week. The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) are supporting our continued programme of astronomy outreach at Abriachan Forest Trust, via a SPARK award. The news was published in the BBC Highlands & Islands website here.
STFC council members were impressed with the successful pilot events delivered over the winter, bringing together astronomy, science and culture through the medium of stargazing and storytelling.
The released funds will be invested in observing equipment, landscape astronomy props, and transportation costs to help families without vehicles access future events. They will also help us deliver another 12 events out at Abriachan over the next year and into 2019.
I’d like to personally thank the following individuals for their formal letters of support on the bid:
Suzann Barr – Learning Coordinator at Abriachan Forest Trust
Martin Hendry – Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics & Cosmology and Head of the School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Glasgow
Steve Owens – Dark Sky Consultant and Author of Stargazing for Dummies.
Elizabeth Barron-Majerik – Project Development Manager, School of Forestry, Science, Maths and Aquaculture, UHI
But most of all thanks to everyone who have attended the Abriachan stargazing sessions so far, during clear and wild weather. Keep a look out for the future list of events.