In September this year ‘It’s More Than Just Light’ – the first European Dark Sky Places conference will be held in Scotland, UK. The conference is a three day event taking place from the 20th to the 22nd of September at the Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries and Galloway.
The conference is a chance for the UK, Europe & further afield to come together as one and begin the process of change in how we manage our nocturnal environment and night skies for all living things. The conference is supported by the IDA and being hosted jointly by Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park in Scotland and South West Scotland’s Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The conference will be a chance to share learning, create discussion; build networks, encourage collaborative partnership working and push further the agenda and a ‘call to action’ to preserve the dark skies.
National and international speakers will be discussing themes such as:
- Lighting constraints and design with architectural insights of the built environment we need to light. What is good lighting design and challenges in its application?
- Light and its ecological impact and it’s effect on humans.
- Darkness and its cultural role and significance to humanity. The role of ‘community’ in dark sky places
- Dark skies and its effects and relationship to health and well-being.
- The technical aspects of the planning regulations and safety codes, how you measure the dark environment. Why are the regulations set and how do we change them?
- Transformational effects of Dark Skies and opportunities for economic development through eco-tourism.
- Why is darkness so important to us and how do you inform the wider audience of this?
For more information including how to book tickets and a detailed program visit the Dark Sky Places website