"Vanishing Night:
The Urgent Need to Save the Night
"  

2022 Annual Conference
IDA Missouri

Evening of Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st
Hosted by Johnson County Community College
Overland Park, Kansas (Greater Kansas City area)

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW:

 

DOWNLOAD THIS HANDY CONFERENCE GUIDE

The Second Annual Conference of the Missouri Chapter of the International Dark Sky Association will be held September 30 – October 1, 2022.  Learn about the science and growth of light pollution, its impacts on nature, birds, and human health, and how to stop it.  The conference is hosted by the Johnson County Community College Center for Sustainability in Overland Park, Kansas and is free for both virtual and in-person participants.

The conference opens Friday, September 30th at 6:30 p.m. central time with an informal gathering, followed by tours of Powell Observatory provided courtesy of the Kansas City Astronomical Society.

The conference continues on Saturday, October 1st with daytime programs beginning at 9:00 a.m. central time and ending at 4:30 p.m. central time.  More than a dozen speakers and exhibitors will be featured.

The conference wraps up on the evening of Saturday, October 1st with a talk by Paul Bogard, Author.  Based on his critically acclaimed book “The End of the Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light”, Bogard will address how the night sky has influenced the human experience and the value of darkness. The evening program is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. central time and conclude by 8:30 p.m. central time.

 

Conference Registration:

The conference is hosted by the Johnson County Community College Center for Sustainability in Overland Park, Kansas and is free for both virtual and in-person participants.

In-Person Attendance

We encourage you to attend "in-person" if at all possible. In addition to the great schedule of speakers, "in-person" attendees will have an opportunity to talk with participants coming from multiple states and see the exhibits including demonstrations on lighting.   

In-person attendees will be required to follow COVID-19 protocols outlined by Johnson County Community College.  To view the University’s policy, please visit https://www.jccc.edu/media-resources/covid-19/.  If you are not comfortable with in-person attendance at the conference, please register to participate by ZOOM (see instructions provided below).

Participation by ZOOM

If you are unable to attend "In-Person" or your situation has changed, you may register and participate in the Saturday sessions by ZOOM webinar.  Please note that separate ZOOM registrations are required for Saturday daytime and evening keynote events:  

 

 

DOWNLOAD THIS HANDY CONFERENCE GUIDE

Conference Schedule

Conference Maps:

Friday, September 30, 2022 

Saturday, October 1, 2022

(All events held at Johnson County Community College)

  • 8:00 am - Guest check-in opens
  • 9:00 am - 4:30 pm - A full day of speakers and exhibitors (View speaker bios)
  • 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Dinner break (attendees on their own)
  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Evening program featuring keynote speaker Paul Bogard, Author. 
  • 8:30 pm - Conference concludes