Dark SKy Park Lauwersmeer, courtesy Rutger Bus
It is a pleasure to invite you to the 16th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky. Light Pollution, or ALAN (Artificial Light at Night) is becoming more and more of a problem in the world and in Europe, and this conference is meant to bring together expertise , so that more can be done to fight Light Pollution. The symposium is organised in collaboration with the International Darksky association (IDA). It will be held in Groningen, in the Fletcher Familiehotel Paterswolde close to the Dark Sky Park Lauwersmeer, and will bring together steakholders in light pollution. Topics of the conference will be:

- Measurement methods of light pollution
- Environmental impact (e.g., on animals and humans)
- Efficient, dark sky friendly, lighting
- Regulations against light pollution
- Light pollution in the Netherlands
- Dark Sky Parks, astrotourism in Europe
- Education about light pollution
- and more

The attendance fee has been kept as low as possible, to also attract people that do not have much funding.

The Scientific Organising Committee of EURODARK 2024 consists of

Prof. Reynier Peletier (Chair)
Prof. Björn Poppe
Dr. Jake Noel-Storr
Dr. Andreas Haenel
Prof. Jaime Zamorano
Cristina Nazzari
Prof. Roelof Hut
Dr. Kamiel Spoelstra
Dr. Andy Jechow
Dr. Zoltán Kolláth
Koosje Lamers
Theo Jurriens

The Local Organising Committee consists of

Prof. Reynier Peletier (Chair)
Koosje Lamers
Nynke Visser
Martine ter Wal
Dr. Jake Noel-Storr
Theo Jurriens

information about the conference can be obtained from Martine ter Wal (eurodark@astro.rug.nl), Nynke Visser (visser@astro.rug.nl) and Reynier Peletier (peletier@astro.rug.nl)

The conference has been dedicated to the following 2 people:
- Wim Schmidt, a Dutch light pollution specialist, who has been instrumental to create, for example, the Dark Sky parks Terschelling and Lauwersmeer. He has been instrumental in setting up light pollution monitoring networks in the Netherlands.
- Bob Mizon, a UK astronomer, who has been very important for light pollution awareness in the UK and the world (https://www.darksky.org/remembering-robert-edward-bob-mizon-mbe-fras-1946-2023/).