We do not organise accommodation for participants. All the participants are requested to make their own accommodation arrangements, but we are happy to help.

We recommend accommodation in or close to the town of Pasadur as all the lectures will take place there and also Heliodrom (where night observations take place) is a several minutes drive from Pasadur.

Accommodation may be found also in other towns, but they are far from Pasadur.

1. In Pasadur is the only hotel on the island – Solitudo. Most of the lectures and meetings will take place in the hotel.

Hotel Solitudo has a special prices for the participants of the symposium. Please contact us ( for further informations.

Tel: +385 20 80 21 00

2. The island has a nice range of private apartments. Several apartments offer food, as well, which allows you to explore the local cuisine and enjoy some great food. The Lastovo Tourist Office has a list of all the aparements and will help you with booking arrangements.
Tel/fax: +385 20 801 018             

3. At Lastovo there is also a campsite Camping Skriveni, Skrivena Luka, rather far from Pasadur. /

About Lastovo

To get to know about the area of Lastovo

Official sites:
Public Instituion Lastovo Islands Nature Park
Trg Svetog Petra 7
20289 Ubli, Croatia
Tel. +385 (0)20 801 252 (Unfortunatelly, no content is available in languages other than Croatian.)
Lastovo Toursim Office
Tel/Fax: +385 20 801 018
 You may also want to use the following links to some tourism sites:



Participation fees are as follows:

  before 30 July 2010   after 30 July 2010

 40 Eur 

 40 Eur


90 Eur

 150 Eur 

 Dark-sky activists    

 40 Eur 

 100 Eur 


 40 Eur 

 100 Eur 

The fee includes symposium organisation, lectures and observations.



Lastovo is reachable daily: – from Split with ferry or faster catamaran or 

                                    – from Dubrovnik, via Korčula.

For those arriving from Italy, a pleasant way of arriving to Lastovo is by ferry from Bari.

For those arriving from Kaposvár, Hungary:

– highway: Kaposvár – Zagreb (196 km) + Zagreb – Split (424 km),
– using local roads: Kaposvár – Split (via Banja Luka) 499 km.

E-mail us if you need precise information on any of this option.

General information on boat travels (schedules, prices etc.).

Split has an international airport with good connections to a variety of destinations in Europe. Alternatively, the airports of Zadar and Dubrovnik are also relatively close, while Zagreb is a little further but still reachable.
There are frequent train and bus connections from major towns to Split.
Train schedules
Bus schedules


Background on the Initiative

The quality of the night sky has been a concern for a number of years. Growth of light pollution globally has strengthened the worldwide movement to protect natural dark skies. In 2007 a consortium of international organisations (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO, World Tourism Organization – UNWTO, International Astronomical Union – IAU and others), Secretariats of conventions relevant to biodiversity (Convention on the Biological Diversity, Convention on Migratory Species, Ramsar Convention) and representatives of the academic community met in La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain, at the International Conference in Defense of the Quality of Night Sky. The resulting Declaration in Defence of the Night Sky and the Right to Starlight is a linchpin document for protection of the natural sky. It recognises the importance and multi-faced value of the night sky and provides a plan for action.

The Initiative for an International Association of Dark-sky Parks aims to implement the principles of the Declaration, in particular through its 10th principle:

“[a]ll those protected areas which combine exceptional landscape and natural values relying on the quality of their night sky, are called to include protection of clear night skies as a key factor strengthening their mission in conserving nature.”

The Initiative builds a strong network of people who will in their respective countries work to reduce light pollution. Their role may be in establishing effective regulatory framework for protection from growing light pollution and its reduction, in providing scientific input to the efforts and raising awareness. It brings together all those that have knowledge, experience, responsibilities or motivation to contribute to a positive change.


The 2010 Symposium

The aim of the 2010 Symposium on Dark-sky Parks is to establish an effective long-term framework for reducing light pollution internationally. It will do so by bringing together key players that will determine with the appropriate course of action. The Symposium not only provides a setting for individuals to present their knowledge or attend presentations by leading experts in the light-pollution field. It also creates an opportunity for networking, collaboration, sharing of information and the building of trust relationships. Dark-sky movement continues to enjoy a steady increase in membership internationally and is represented by individuals from tourism, research, educational, management, government, student and other communities.

Symposium participants are site managers, representatives of international and national (non-governmental) organisations, experts in biology, (eco)tourism, natural and cultural heritage, lighting industry, etc.

The symposium is a five-day event, comprising of quality lectures, field-trips and night observations.

The symposium language is English.


Symposium on Dark-sky Parks

You are kindly invited to attend the

Third International Starlight Conference

which will be on New Zeland in June 2012

Invitation poster

More information you can find here.

4th International Symposium for Dark-sky Parks
4th International Dark-sky Camp

has successfully finished. The report is available here.

We are looking forward to see you on the next symposium.


                                                           Photo: Oscar Zamora