EAS Council


The council is the governing body of the Society and it manages, directs, and controls the affairs and property of the Society within the limits of the By-laws.

The council consists of the five officers of the Society: the President, two Vice-Presidents, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and of five other members. Members of the Council serve for a period of four years, according to the schedule of the By-laws.

All members of Council are elected by the members of the Society. Normally the Council proposes a slate of candidates for the vacant posts. This slate may not contain the names of members of Council except in the case of the nominations for President, Secretary and Treasurer or in case a Council member has been temporarily appointed to fill a vacancy. In selecting the candidates, Council shall pay due attention to attaining a reasonable balance, geographically and in scientific expertise. Under the conditions specified by the By-laws, groups of members or Affiliated Societies may nominate additional candidates. If no other candidates are nominated, the candidates proposed by Council will be considered to have been elected; otherwise the election will be conducted by mail as specified in the By-laws. All questions of procedure and interpretation shall be resolved by Council.

Details from the By-laws:

  1. Members of Council will serve for a period of four years with half of the Council rotating off every two years. The President, one Vice-President, the Treasurer and two Councillors will rotate off together; the other Vice-President, the Secretary and the other three Councillors will rotate off two years later.
  2. Council will propose by mail to the ordinary members and to the affiliated Societies a slate of candidates for vacant posts on the Council no later then six months before the vacancies normally arise. Council may appoint a Nominating Committee and delegate this task to that Committee. Groups of at least 20 ordinary members or (groups of) Affiliated Societies with at least 50 ordinary Society members may nominate additional candidates, provided such candidates have indicated in writing that they are willing to serve if elected. Such nominations are valid only if they reach the Secretary within two months following the date of the mailing of the slate proposed by Council. If such additional nominations have been made, then no later than one month after the deadline for receipt of nominations, the Secretary will mail to all ordinary members ballots containing the nominations proposed by Council and the additional nominations. The persons having received the largest number of votes, by a count of t he ballots received within two months from the date on which the ballots were mailed, will be considered to have been elected.


Roger Davies (UK) — President (since 2017, Vice-President since 2012)
Roger Davies is the Philip Wetton Professor and Head of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford and President of the Royal Astronomical Society 2010-12. He grew up in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire attending the John Leggott School going on to read Physics at University College London. He started research working on galaxy dynamics in Cambridge in the 1970s after which he moved to California before spending 6 years on the staff of the US National Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. As part of the "7 Samurai" team he worked out a new way of measuring the distances to galaxies and discovered the "Great Attractor", a huge concentration of galaxy clusters in the southern sky. He moved to Oxford in 1988 to lead the UK's participation in the construction of the 8m Gemini telescopes, in Hawaii and Chile. In 1994 he took up the post of Professor of Astronomy at Durham University returning to Oxford in 2002 where he was Chairman of the Physics Department from 2005-10. His research interests centre on cosmology and how galaxies form and evolve. He has a longstanding interest in astronomical instruments & telescopes. In recent years he has pioneered the use of a new class of astronomical spectrograph to measure the masses and ages of galaxies, as well as search for black holes in their nuclei.
Serena Viti (UK) — Secretary (since 2012)
Johan Knapen (Spain) — Treasurer (since 2014, Councillor since 2012)
Emmanouil Angelakis (Germany) — Vice-President (since 2014)
Responsibility: overseeing the issues on education and astronomers outside academia
Sofia Feltzing (Sweden) — Vice-President (since 2017, Councillor since 2016)
Responsibility: liaise with Astronet and the European Commission
Lex Kaper (The Netherlands) — Councillor (since 2016)
Responsibility: overseeing the organisation of EWASS
Georges Meylan (Switzerland) — Councillor (since 2016)
Responsibility: chair EAS Prize Committees (Tycho Brahe and MERAC prizes) — oversee nomination of the Lodewijk Woltjer Lecturer
Coralie Neiner (France) — Councillor (since 2014)
Responsibility: Facebook content, recruitment of Organisational Members, Ethics
Olga Sil'chenko (Russia) — Councillor (since 2014)
Responsibility: liaison with the Affiliated Societies, notably in the Eastern European Region — liaison with the Russian Academy and ROSKOSMOS
Maarten Baes (Belgium) — Councillor, Newsletter Editor (Councillor since 2017, Editor since 2016)


The EAS Council holds two meetings every year, one at the beginning of the year (in Rolle since 2012) and one during the annual EWASS conference in June/July.

The minutes of the Council meetings are not publicly available, but those of the Business Meetings held by Council with the representatives of the EAS Affiliated Societies are on-line.

A confusion arises due to the former denomination of the Business Meetings as "Council Meetings", until the change specified in article V.1 of the EAS By-laws in 2009.