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 shall consist of the five officers of the Society: the President, two Vice-Presidents, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and of five other members. Members of Council will serve for a period of four years, according to the schedule of the By-laws. If one of the five officers cannot serve out the normal term, Council may temporarily appoint someone to fill the vacancy until the next election.
All members of Council are elected by the members of the Society.
Details from the By-laws:
- 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.
- Council will notify, by e-mail, the Ordinary Members and the Affiliated Societies, of the posts on the Council that will become vacant, no later than ten months before the vacancies normally arise. Ordinary Members may nominate candidates, provided such candidates have indicated in writing that they are willing to serve if elected. Nominations need to arrive, by email, to Council no later than two months after receiving the notification of the vacant posts. Council will then appoint a Nominating Committee tasked to prepare a balanced slate of candidates, which will include more candidates than the number of vacant posts. The proposed slate will then be sent to all Ordinary Members by email. Ordinary Members may vote for the number of candidates needed to fill all the vacant posts or fewer, but not more. The candidates having received the largest number of votes, by a count of the ballots received within two months from the date on which the ballots were e- mailed, will be considered to have been elected.
Roger Davies (UK) — President (since 2017, Vice-President since 2012)
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)
is a Professor of Astrophysics in the Department
of Physics and Astronomy at University College London. She moved to the UK to
read Astrophysics at Queen Mary College, and then moved to University College
London (UCL) to work on the spectroscopy of very cool stars during her PhD in
the mid 90s. After her PhD she changed field and started working in the areas
of star formation and astrochemistry at UCL. After a couple of postdoctoral
fellowships in UK and abroad, she obtained an STFC Advanced Fellowship and moved
back to UCL as a lecturer in 2003. She has been a Royal Astronomical Society
council member from 2002 to 2005 and serves on several STFC panels and
committees. Her research interests span a wide range of topics but are all
centred around the role of molecules in space, especially in galactic and
extragalactic star forming regions. She and her group have developed a suite of
chemical and radiative transfer models that are routinely used to interpret
submillimeter observations from ground and space.
Johan Knapen (Spain) — Treasurer (since 2014, Councillor since 2012)
joined the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) in Tenerife,
Spain, in 2006, and is currently the Head of the Research Division of the IAC.
After doing his undergraduate degree in Groningen, the Netherlands, and his PhD
at the IAC, he worked as postdoc in Montreal before joining the teaching staff
at the University of Hertfordshire. He was promoted to professor of astronomy
there in 2004, and remains a visiting professor at Hertfordshire. He is a
multi-wavelength observer working on the evolution and properties of nearby
galaxies, studying their dynamics, star formation, and interstellar medium.
Emmanouil Angelakis (Germany) — Vice-President (since 2014)
Responsibility: overseeing the issues on education and astronomers outside academia
completed his undergraduate studies in Physics at the Aristotle University of
Thessaloniki. He conducted his undergraduate research at Jodrell Bank
Observatory of the University of Manchester. After graduation he worked as a
pre-doctoral research fellow at Northwestern University in Evanston (Illinois).
He got his PhD in 2007 from the University of Bonn (Germany). After that he was
appointed as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für
Radioastronomie in Bonn (Germany). Since 2009 he is appointed as staff
researcher at the same institute and as the Scientific Coordinator of the
International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the
Universities of Bonn and Cologne. His main scientific interests focus on
observational cosmology, pulsar astronomy, multi-energy AGN studies and
multi-band polarization studies of extragalactic jets.
Sofia Feltzing (Sweden) — Vice-President (since 2017, Councillor since 2016)
Responsibility: liaise with Astronet and the European Commission
is a Professor of Astronomy at Lund Observatory, part of Lund University. She obtained her bachelor degree in Physics from Go?teborgs universitet and went on to become a doctor of philosophy at Uppsala University. After a postdoctoral fellowship jointly at Royal Greenwich Observatory and Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University she moved to Lund University as a research fellow. From 2005 to 2009 she was a Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Research Fellow and she became a professor at Lund in 2010. She is currently the chair of the Science and Technology Committee at ESO. Her main research interest is the Milky Way as a galaxy, with particular emphasis on obtaining the best possible observational picture of the current status of the stellar system in our galaxy. Stellar spectroscopy of F, G, and K stars is an important tool in these studies and she has actively worked to realize the major European spectroscopic surveys that have been or soon will be launched to provide the crucial ground-based complement to Gaia. She is a member of the steering committee of the Gaia-ESO Survey (run on the VLT), a member of the science team for WEAVE (to be placed on WHT) and project scientist for Galactic Archaeology for 4MOST ? a multi-fibre spectrograph to be placed on VISTA.
Lex Kaper (The Netherlands) — Councillor (since 2016)
Responsibility: overseeing the organisation of EWASS
is a Professor of Astronomy at the Anton Pannekoek Institute of the University of Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD in astronomy at the University of Amsterdam in 1993. He moved to the European Southern Observatory Headquarters and spent there 4 years as a (senior) postdoctoral fellow. In 1998 he was awarded a 5-year Royal Academy fellowship and returned to the University of Amsterdam. In 2005 he obtained a professorship at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His research interests focus on massive stars, their formation, evolution and fate. He is involved in the development of astronomical instrumentation: he is the NL-PI of the optical to near-infrared X-shooter spectrograph on the ESO Very Large Telescope an co-PI of MOSAIC, a multi-object spectrograph under development for the European Extremely Large Telescope. Lex Kaper is a member of the IAU Membership Committee and Secretary of the Nederlands Comite Astronomie.
Georges Meylan (Switzerland) — Councillor (since 2016)
Responsibility: chair EAS Prize Committees (Tycho Brahe and MERAC prizes)
— oversee nomination of the Lodewijk Woltjer Lecturer
is a Professor Emeritus of Astrophysics and Cosmology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Georges Meylan was the director of the EPFL Laboratory of Astrophysics from 2004 to 2015. After a PhD thesis at the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Geneva, Georges Meylan was a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and at the headquarters of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Munich, Germany. He then held positions as "senior astronomer" at ESO in Munich and at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, USA. He was also a Visiting Associate, from 1999 to 2012, at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA. While at EPFL, he was, from 2008 to 2014, the scientific delegate for Switzerland to the ESO Council and, from 2006 to 2014, President of the Swiss Commission for Astronomy of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences. Georges Meylan's research focuses on observational cosmology, including the phenomenon of gravitational lensing, and on stellar and galactic dynamics. He currently delivers a course on the history of cosmology, open to students from all faculties of the University of Lausanne.
Coralie Neiner (France) — Councillor (since 2014)
Responsibility: Facebook content, recruitment of Organisational Members, Ethics
obtained 2 PhDs in astrophysics from the University of Strasbourg (France) and
from the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in 2002. She then spent 2
years at ESTEC (ESA) and 1 year at the University of Leuven (Belgium). She
joined the Paris-Meudon Observatory on a CNRS position in 2006, as the head of
the Hot Stars team of the GEPI laboratory. Since 2010 she is the head of the
MagMaS (Magnetism and Massive Stars) team at the LESIA laboratory. In 2007 she
obtained the Young Researcher Award of the French Society of Astronomy and
Astrophysics (SF2A). Her main field of expertise concerns massive stars, in
particular asteroseismology and magnetism. In this frame she is a co-I of the
CoRoT satellite, the PI of the UVMag space project, the co-PI of the MiMeS
program and a co-PI of the BinaMIcS program. She served on several committees
over the years. In particular, she is a past president of the French time
allocation committee of CFHT, member of the scientific advisory council of CFHT
and member of the organising committee of the working group "Active OB stars"
of IAU. She is currently a member of the astrophysics committee of the French
Space Agency (CNES) and of the scientific council of the JMMC.
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
graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Astronomy Department,
in 1981 and then obtained a Ph.D. degree in 1984 with a PhD thesis on "Stellar
populations and evolution of galaxies". She also obtained a further degree of
Doctor of Physical-Mathematical Sciences in 1994 with a thesis on "Stellar
population of galactic nuclei". Since 1984 she hold a permanent position at the
Sternberg Astronomical Institute of the Lomonosov Moscow State University.
During 1988-1989 she was a visiting astronomer in the Special Astrophysical
Observatory (Nizhnij Arkhyz, Russia) of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In
1990 she became senior researcher and in 1994, a leading researcher at the
Sternberg Astronomical Institute. In 2004, she took on the position of Head of
Department at her Institute. Her main research interests lie in the field of
extragalactic astronomy: she studies structure, kinematics, and stellar
populations of nearby galaxies by means of spectroscopy and surface photometry.
Maarten Baes (Belgium) — Councillor, Newsletter Editor (Councillor since 2017, Editor since 2016)
finished his PhD at the Astronomical Observatory of Ghent University in 2001 on
the effects of interstellar dust on the observed kinematics of galaxies. After a
postdoctoral fellowship from the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research that brought
him to Cardiff, and an ESO fellowship in Chile, he returned to Ghent to become
lecturer in 2004. In 2008 he became senior lecturer, and in 2014 he was promoted
to professor. In his research he likes the combination of astronomical observations
over the entire wavelength range and state-of-the-art numerical simulations. His
main interests are the interstellar medium in nearby galaxies (with a particular
focus on interstellar dust), radiative transfer and galaxy evolution. He has
actively participated in the exploitation of ESA's Herschel mission, and is involved
in the scientific preparation of several forthcoming instruments, including MIRI on
the JWST, METIS on the E-ELT, and the Euclid and Athena missions.
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.