From March 14-17, 2024, our colleagues and members of the PLAN-B consortium Yana Yakusina and Alejandro Sanchez participated in the EURODARK Symposium, a remarkable event organised under the esteemed patronage of DarkSky.

This event has been an amazing opportunity to convene with like-minded individuals, exchange innovative projects, foster collaborations, and showcase ongoing research in the realm of light pollution.

The Symposium unfolded across multiple sessions, each dedicated to exploring various aspects of light pollution, including measurement techniques, biodiversity impacts, policy implications, and communication strategies.

Presentation of PLAN-B

During the Symposium, the PLAN-B project was represented by Yana Yakushina and Alejandro Sanchez. 

Alejandro was presenting how it is best to monitor light pollution and provided insights into our work on the EU light pollution map.

Yana presented her research on regulatory approaches to light pollution mitigation and gave some recommendations on how it should be done the best.  

Some other takeaways:

Diverse methodologies for measuring artificial light at night (ALAN) exist. Finding the most effective approach is crucial, particularly for enforcing legislative measures.

Increasing evidence suggests that light ion not only jeopardises human health but also has adverse effects on diverse species and ecosystems.

Fascinating insights emerged from citizen science initiatives, shedding light on unexpected findings regarding the primary sources of light pollution (Christopher Kyba)

Collaboration and knowledge-sharing among projects tackling #lightpollution are imperative for driving meaningful progress. Within the PLAN-B Project, we take this collaboration and exchange very seriously.

Integrating considerations of ALAN into decision-making processes offers promising avenues for mitigating light pollution, as demonstrated in Switzerland (David Kretzer).