10th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky   

2-4 September 2010, Kaposvár, Hungary   

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10th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky

'The Science of light pollution'
2-4 September 2010, Kaposvár, Hungary

It is our honour to invite you to the 10th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky. The main goal of the symposium is to exchange views among experts and activists working on the field of light pollution. The scientific program will be divided in several sessions, dealing with all aspects of obtrusive light. A special session 'Evolving Technologies as Solutions to Light Pollution' organized by IAU Commission 50 and CIE. will be held on Friday (September 3) afternoon.

Venue and date:

The symposium shall take place in Kaposvár, Hungary at the County Hall 2nd-4th September 2010.


  • International Dark-Sky Association Europe
  • International Dark-Sky Association Hungary
  • Hungarian Astronomical Association
  • Konkoly Observatory of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Lighting Society of Hungary
  • Duna-Drava National Park Directorate

Contact address:

Zoltán Kolláth

Call for papers

We invite you to contribute to DARKSKY 2010 by presenting a talk or a poster. To submit your contribution, please send your abstract not later than July 15, 2010 to the above contact address.

Important dates:

Abstract Submission: July 15
Final Registration deadline with standard registration fee: August 15
Note: the pre-registration is not obligatory, but it greatly helps the organizers in the preparation of the meeting. Please fill in and send back the pre-registration form.

Conference fees:

Standard registration fee: 60EUR
Registration fee for IDA members: 25EUR
Special offer: registration fee with IDA membership fee: 50EUR
Registration fee for authorities, government agencies, municipalities and administration departments: 120EUR
Industrial exhibitors: Please contact the organizers for a special fee

The above fees apply only for participants who have pre-registered or send their registration before August 15. The late registration fee is 60EUR.

Social events:

September 3. 19:00: Trip to the Zselic Starry Sky Park. Traditional Hungarian dinner in the Zselic region and then a 5 km walk in the park. Fee: 10EUR
September 4. 20:00: Conference dinner. Fee: 20EUR


September 2 (Thursday)

16:00-20:00 Registration

September 3 (Friday)

9:00-10:00 Registration
10:00-12:30 Morning session
13:30-14:30 Lunch
13:30-18:00 Afternoon session

September 4 (Saturday)

9:00-13:30 Morning session
13:30-14:30 Lunch
13:30-18:00 Afternoon session

Lunch will be available at the conference location for about 6EUR.

Transport to Lastovo:

We plan to hire a bus to transport people from Kaposvár to the Lastovo conference and back to Kaposvár. The fee of this service is approximately 90 EUR depending on the number of participants.


Several hotels and motels offer reasonable accommodations in Kaposvár.
Hotel Kaposvár (www.kaposhotel.hu) has a special rate for the participants (7000HUF/person/night in a double room, including breakfast). For reservation please contact the hotel ath the following address: info@kaposhotel.hu. In the mail please indicate: Dark-sky symposium.


Airport shuttle from Budapest:
Several companies offer convenient transfer from the Budapest Ferihegy Airport (http://www.bud.hu/english) to Kaposvár. We recommend this option if several people can share a minibus. If four persons join the transport, then the fee is about 18 EUR (per person, one way). Please contact us with your flight details to organize your trip. The transfer will be organized with Somogy Transzfer

By Train:
The railway stations can be accessed by public transportation (Bus 200E to "Kőbánya Kispest" then Metro line 3 to "Deák tér" and then Metro line 1 to any of the railway stations)

Budapest Déli Station: 16:46
Kaposvár 19:51
Budapest Keleti Station: 13:45 15:45 17:45
Dombóvár: 15:50 17:50 19:50
Dombóvár: 16:05 18:05 20:05
Kaposvár: 16:40 18:40 20:40
One way trip by train costs about 18EUR. All the hotels and the venue are in walking distance from the railway station.