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On peer-review refereeing
Dr. Fabian Walter is a Staff Scientist, Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, and an International Associate at Dawn.
Dr. Walter also serves as Scientific Editor at the AAS Journals. He will present salient elements of the current refereeing and publication process and lead an informal
discussion on this subject.
Sonification and Sound Design for Astronomy Research, Education and Public Engagement
Abstract: Over the last ten years there has been a large increase in the number of projects using sound to represent astronomical data and concepts. Motivation for these projects includes the potential to enhance scientific discovery within complex datasets, by utilising the inherent multi-dimensionality of sound and the ability of our hearing to filter signals from noise. Other motivations include creating engaging multi-sensory resources, for education and public engagement, and making astronomy more accessible to people who are blind or have low vision, promoting their participation in science and related careers. I will describe potential benefits of sound within these contexts and provide an overview of the nearly 100 sound-based astronomy projects that we identified. I will discuss current limitations and challenges of the approaches taken and future directions to help realise the full potential of sound-based techniques in general and to widen their application within the astronomy community.