VdS Fachgruppe DARK SKY

15th European Symposium for the
Protection of the Night Sky

April 30th – May 2nd 2022 in Fulda, Germany

Stadt Fulda
Landkreis Fulda
Verein Sternenpark Rhön
Fachgruppe Dark Sky der Vereinigung der Sternfreunde
International Dark-Sky Association
Fulda Cathedral

Fulda Cathedral

It is a pleasure to invite you to the 15th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky to the International Dark Sky Community Fulda on the border of the International Dark Sky Reserve and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Rhön.

The symposium will take place under the local Covid-19 conditions. These are the general regulations for Germany: › Federal Foreign Office page

At the conference site the 2G+ regulations are valid:

Please note: Changes in regulations and requirements regarding the Covid 19 situation are not our responsibility.


The Symposium will deal with the issues of light pollution, its causes, its negative effects and possible remedies.

Some of the topics will be:

› Program (PDF)

(please look for updates, at least few days before the symposium!)

Saturday April 30th

16:00 - 18:00 Registration in Vonderau-Museum
18:00 Bus excursion Rhön (warm clothes, weatherproof)

Sunday May 1st

9:30 Registration in Vonderau-Museum
10:00 Opening of the Symposium
13:00 Lunch break
14:30 Talks
18:30 End
19:00 Dinner (everybody on their own)
21:00 Evening tour to the city

Monday May 2nd

9:30 Opening
10:00 Talks
13:00 Lunch Break
14:30 Talks
18:30 End
19:00 Conference Dinner

› Abstracts (PDF)

Measurement campaign:

We offer a measurement campaign for comparing different measurement instruments for sky brightness at one night, but this will only take place, when the weather will be clear. We hope that on Thursday 28th, weather forecast will give reliable reports, that we can decide on which evening to plan the campaign: Friday 29, Sunday 01, or Monday 02. If on Saturday 30 it will be integrated in the bus excursion. Astronomical darkness is from 23:00 to 3:30 (CEST, daylight saving time). Observations are planned at one of the darkest sites in Rhön which can be reached from Fulda within about 40 min by car. The use of private cars is planned for this. If you are interested in participating, please contact as early as possible .

night sky at the Sternenpark Rhön


The conference fee will include:

Participation in the conference, 4 coffee breaks, 2 lunch breaks on 2 days: 85 €.

For 1 day: 45 €, please indicate which day: Sunday or Monday

Limited access to the symposium is possible through a ZOOM meeting: you must register (free of charge) and then receive the access information.

Please register under: https://verein-sternenpark-rhoen.de/registration-dss/
Then you will receive a confirmation mail and be asked to transfer the amount for the selected choices to the specified account of the Verein Sternenpark Rhön.

If you have problems or questions please contact .

Please register until April 17th.

As we have tried to keep the cost for the symposium as low as possible, we urgently need the exact numbers of participants for the symposium (catering) and the conference dinner, therefore please register as fast as possible and in time and transfer the total amount to the account given!

General information

The Venue

Fulda is a city with an old cathedral and an baroque city center with almost 70,000 inhabitants. It is located in the centre of Germany, close to the mountain range of the UNESCO Biosphere Rhön. In 2019, the city of Fulda was awarded the Dark Sky Community. More information:

www.tourismus-fulda.de and Sternenstadt Fulda

The conference place is the

Vonderau Museum
on regional prehistory and natural science,
Jesuitenplatz 2,
36037 Fulda.

It also runs a small planetarium. The museum is located in the center of the city, about 10 minutes’ walk from the main train station. Hotels, shops and restaurants are abundant in the center.


Train: Fulda is a crossing of train connections. Timetables, prices and reservations under: www.bahn.com/en

Car: Fulda can be reached via the Autobahn A7 from North and South, via A66 from the Southwest (Frankfurt). Parking near conference site: Parkhaus Zentrum QPark (2€/h, 15€/day), most others (communal are labelled Plus!) 1€/h, 6€/day.

Plane: The next is Frankfurt International Airport.


Hotel reservations: use one of the booking portals or the › city’s reservation center.

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