This blog is written by Steve Owens, a freelance science communicator, writer, astronomer, and skeptic, and author of Stargazing for Dummies.I ran the planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre for four years, and the International Year of Astronomy 2009 in the UK for two years, during which time I helped establish the UK’s first International Dark Sky Park in Galloway, Scotland, and sat on the Dark Sky Discovery steering group. I have since then led the successful bid for the Channel Island of Sark to become the world’s first Dark Sky Island, and I am working with a number of other parks and communities in their efforts.
I was presented with the Federation of Astronomical Societies 2010 award for Outstanding Achievement in Astronomy, and the Campaign for Dark Skies 2010 award for Efforts in Dark Sky Preservation. I was also short-listed for the UK Space Conference’s 2010 Arthur Clarke award. I was a 2011 Winston Churchill Traveling Fellow.
I am 37, have a first class degree in Physics and Astronomy, have been a professional science communicator for the last ten years, and became a father for the first time in 2009.
You can read more about me on my website: www.owens-online.co.uk