The 2018 interNational ASTRONOMY TEACHING SUMMIT Conference

July 25-27, 2018 -- Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii, USA

Please mark your calendar for the next Astronomy Teaching Summit.  This international astronomy teaching conference is being held on the Big Island of Hawaii under the shadow of telescopes atop Maunakea and near the active erupting volcano of Kilauea in Hilo from July 25-27, 2018.  


This year, the conference is hosted in conjunction with the Robotic Telescopes in Education Conference, held July 23-25, 2018.

The Astronomy Teaching Summit brings together dedicated astronomy and planetary sciences educators to share innovative teaching techniques and successful instructional strategies that increase students’ engagement, achievement, and motivation.  Traditionally focused on improving teaching and learning for the introductory college astronomy ASTRO 101 survey courses for non-science majoring undergraduates, the Summit now brings together a wider variety of astronomy educators and outreach enthusiasts at all levels where astronomy and planetary science is taught: K-12, College-101, Graduate School, Planetariums/Museums, and Amateur Astronomy Groups. 


The  co-located Conference on Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education ( Juy 23-25, 2018, focuses on building a sustainable community around the educational, technical and student research uses of robotic telescopes, from small through to large aperture and from radio through to gamma-ray.  If you've wanted to learn how to use Internet-controlled robotic telescopes with your students, this is the place!

The 2018 Summit includes nationally known keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, contributed presentations, panel discussions, and fireside chats with plenty of opportunities to network with like-minded educators.  A sample programming grid is available showing the general structure of the conference.   This year's conference programming is co-chaired by Richard Gelderman of Western Kentucky University and Tim Slater of the University of Wyoming. Anticipated available workshops include:

  • engaging students with better interactive lecturing techniques
  • using in-class activities to change modality of instruction
  • increasing students' quantitative reasoning skills
  • modern testing and grading techniques that really work
  • teaching in the planetarium: increasing student engagement
  • Cutting Edge Science Updates - what's new to include in your teaching

This is the place to be to enhance your astronomy teaching toolkit! Astronomy educators and outreach educators from all levels are invited to participate and submit proposals for presentations.  The conference is being organized by a highly-respected program committee.  Proceedings from previous National Astronomy Teaching Summit can be ordered online (2016 & 2017).

  • Conference Registration Fee: Paid online or on site (all presenters and participants must pay registration fee $75/day) totaling $225 for Summit or $225 for RTSRE or $375 for both!); receptions, refreshments, and hotel-to-conference transportation is included).  (Family registration for participating in tours, meals, & refreshments is available for non-participants at 1/2 daily rate)
  • Conference HotelConference discounted rate of just $130/night garden view, $150/night ocean-side at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, 71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720 USA, Phone: +1 (808) 935-9361.  Book your discounted room by telephoning the hotel directly and tell them you are with the "Astronomy Education Conference" and ask for the discounted "Astronomy Education Conference" conference rate, which is available before and after the conference too. A rental car is not required, but recommended, and free parking is available at both the hotel and the conference venue.  A daily shuttle will run between the hotel and the conference venue.
  • Presentation Proposal Submission: Proposals for 20-minute presentations, 90-minute workshops & panel discussions, and 3'x4' poster presentations will be considered until May 15 (there may be limited opportunities for late submissions). Note that attendees may serve as lead author on only one proposal and all listed co-authors must pay the registration fee.   Propose by providing a 150-250 word description online.  Generally, individuals may only serve as lead author once per Summit (presenting at RTRSE does not count in this limitation).  Kindly note that the iNATS Summit and the RTRSE have separate presentation proposal pages; but a single, unified conference registration page.
  • Meet-The-Authors sessions:  Many of our registered attendees have published books and we certainly want to highlight, celebrate, and spread the word about their books to attendees and provide an opportunity for signing.  If you are an author, please contact to set up a book signing event.
  • Conference Venue:  Sessions run roughly from 730am-7pm each day ocean-side at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, 71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720 USA,  HI 96720 USA on Monday through Thursday.  On Friday, the conference presentations are held next door at the DoubleTree Grand Naniloa Hotel, 93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720.  Kindly note that Hilo is located on the easternmost side of the Big Island of Hawaii and includes the Hilo airport (ITO) serving many major airlines.  The other major airport on the island is Kona (KOA) about 90 minutes away by rental car.
  • Conference Tours are INCLUDED in your registrationMaunakea Observatories, Volcano National Park (if open), and Hawaiian Sweet Potato Farm tour, among others.  Family members join you at 1/2 registration rate!
  • Closing Luau!  Don't leave early!  The closing Luau Friday night at the Nana Kai Farms is definately not to be missed, and the cost is already included in your registration.

Don’t’ miss this conference and a chance to improve your astronomy students’ learning! 




  Support for the Summit Comes from a generous DONATION from our marquee sponsors, Pearson publishing, RsPEC, and digitalis planetariums

Support for the Summit Comes from a generous DONATION from our marquee sponsors, Pearson publishing, RsPEC, and digitalis planetariums

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