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AAVSO: Optimum Science from Connecting Professionals with Citizen Volunteers

Rationale:

The goal of this town hall is to foster community understanding and strong support of citizen astronomy through the AAVSO. In the era of large surveys and exciting new transients, the AAVSO has been a vital resource for researchers worldwide, ensuring that ground-based data are acquired for cutting edge scientific projects. 

This town hall discussion is an opportunity for the AAVSO to present its current services and capabilities, solicit feedback. The aim of the discussion will be to share ensure that citizen scientists play an active role to cutting-edge science and that we strengthen the ties between citizen astronomers and professional researchers.

The AAVSO, formed in 1911, has evolved into an International Organization with members and observers from both the professional and non-professional astronomical community, contributing photometry to a public photometric database of about 30,000 variable objects, and using it for research projects. As such, the AAVSO’s main claim to fame is that it successfully engages backyard Astronomers, educators, students and professional astronomers in astronomical research. 

AAVSO 49 Bay State Rd. Cambridge, MA 02138 aavso@aavso.org 617-354-0484