Ever since its inception in 1868, the RASC has been helping to bring the world of astronomy to interested Canadians through public lectures and talks.
The RASC funds two major annual and bi-annual lectures. These presentations are specially commissioned and aimed at persons who are interested in science and astronomy, and provide a unique opportunity to get a glimpse of astronomical research "live," as invited speakers take you behind the scenes of their research and share their latest discoveries.
Public Speaker Program
The RASC also funds a series of public talks organized by our Centres through the Public Speaker Program (PSP) initiated in 2010. The goal of the program is to encourage our Centres to organize and host public talks, by speakers from outside their local area, about astronomical and related topics. The Society recognizes the value of sharing the knowledge and experience of our members and others more widely than may be otherwise possible, by providing funding to pay for a speaker’s travel and accommodation expenses. Funding is provided by the generous donations of the Society's sustaining members. Guidelines for the program are here.
David Levy 2013 Speaking Tour
The National Society Public Speaker Program was set up to encourage our Centres to organize and host public talks and presentations, by speakers from outside their local area, about astronomical and related topics.
This spring, eight centres will participate in a rare speaking tour by RASC member David Levy. A long time observer and author, David has been observing for most of his life, has discovered 22 comets, written 34 books and is an RASC Chant Medal recipient.