Throughout the last years, there has been a significant increase of initiatives that aim to promote scientific culture and raise awareness about the work that is done in research centers and institutes. Through its Outreach Unit the Centre for Astrophysics develops several public programs, since 1989, for the popularization of science and the promotion of scientific culture.So as to best serve the different types of public, the outreach unit has divided its activities into 3 main areas:
- Astronomy for the Schools;
- Astronomy for the Public;
- Porto Planetarium.
As part of a communication strategy, CAUP previligies the Astronomy made in Europe, within the context of the ESA - European Space Agency and ESO - European Southern Observatory.