Scientific Rationale

This international workshop, organized by professional astronomers and professional communicators of science, is intended to create an opportunity to explore and define the most innovative opportunities in the field of Astotourism.
Topics will range from the common roots of astronomy, useful to promote intercultural projects, to the definition of itineraries (both real and virtual) available to everyone, with particular care to disabilities and to methods enhancing these experiences through social media.
From the dawn of history, astronomy has been an important factor in human development.
The beauty and regularity of the sky has been a source of wonderment and the ability to predict the motions of the Sun and stars were decisive factors in the emergence of agriculture and navigation in early civilizations. A yearning for knowledge about our roots has resulted in a deep curiosity about the origin and history of the Sun and Moon, the stars and galaxies and the Universe itself.

Presently, more than ever, the Public demand for activities and scientific outreach paths, in particular those telling about the cosmo, is very high. For this reason, joining science outreach and territory heritage is an imperative and crucial issue, which requires a high level planning. Doing that, we believe in inclusion: thematics such as integration, intended not only as cultural integration but also as the chance of shared fruition with people affected by disabilities, become a must. Italy, in particular INAF through its network of communication, education and outreach experts distributed all over the national territory, or the Osservatorio Polifuznionale del Chianti having the first national astronomical path for blind people, performs and plans paths like these. So, we are willing to offer an opportunity to stimulate a discussion  in order to achieve a real definition of itineraries and proper methods to implement them in an European contest, in full agreement with the goals of the International Astronomical  Union. See [Astronomy for Development – Building from the IYA2009 – Strategic Plan 2010–2020]