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Dear Colleagues,

Please find here the latest news which is potentially of interest to EAS members.

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1. Alpbach Summer School

2. The 11th Conference on Electromagnetic and Light Scattering

3. Summer School: astrometry and imaging with the Very Large Telescope Interferometer

4. Frontiers in computational astrophysics: The origin of stars, planets and galaxies

5. 20th "Rencontres de Blois: Challenges in Particle Astrophysics"

6. Second MCCT-SKADS training school 

7. 400 Years of Astronomical Telescopes - A review of History, Science and Technology

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Elias Brinks
Secretary


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1. Alpbach Summer School

22-31 July 2008

Held annually since 1975, the Alpbach Summer School provides in-depth
teaching on aspects of space science and space technology with the aim
of advancing the training and working experience of European graduates,
post-graduate students, young scientists and engineers.

Participants are given the opportunity to expand and strengthen their
knowledge of selected space issues in workshops which are part of the
Summer School programme. Student teams will develop space mission
concepts based on the theme of the Summer School. The 2008 Summer School
Alpbach, the latest in this long-running series, will focus on the theme

	"Sample Return from the Moon, asteroids and comets"

The purpose of the Summer School is to foster the practical application
of knowledge derived from lectures, to develop organisational and
team-work skills and to encourage creativity. Following a good grounding
through the lectures, four teams of students will compete to design the
best project, judged by an independent jury.

Further information can be found http://www.summerschoolalpbach.at

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2. The 11th Conference on Electromagetic and Light Scattering

7-12 September 2008
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Registration is now open for the 11th Conference on Electromagnetic and
Light Scattering to be held at the University of Hertfordshire de Havilland
Campus in Hatfield, near London.

This conference falls in the year of the centenary celebration of the publication of an epoch-making paper in scattering theory by Gustav Mie. It will bring together scientists and engineers from around the world who are actively involved in research into light scattering and will address theoretical developments and simulations, laboratory and field experiments, astronomical observations, measurements and applications.

The conference dinner, an Elizabethan banquet, will be held at Hatfield
House which was previously home to Elizabeth I of England, and the
conference trip is a cruise on the River Thames.

For futher information see http://www.els-xi-08.org

James Hough

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3. Summer School: astrometry and imaging with the Very Large Telescope Interferometer

Keszthely, Hungary, 2nd - 13th June 2008

	http://www.vlti.org

This school is aimed at giving to the students a good technical
background on interferometry and especially how to do imaging and
narrow-angle astrometry with it. Science that can be done with such
techniques will be highlighted. The first part of the school will
provide the basis of interferometry theory and practice. The second part
of the school will be devoted to phase-referenced imaging techniques and
to astrometry, to their scientific objectives, technical and
astrophysical limitations. These subjects will be strongly supported by
practical sessions

All ?PhD ?students ?(independently ?of ?nationality) ?and ?most ?young
postdocs will be eligible for full board and travel refund.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 20th APRIL 2008

REGISTER AT: ?http://www.vlti.org/modules/userprofile.php?event=4

Best regards,
LOC

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4. Frontiers in computational astrophysics: The origin of stars, planets and galaxies

Ascona, Switzerland, July 13-18 2008

The conference will gather together experts in computational 
astrophysics from around the world to critically discuss and compare 
numerical techniques. We will review existing algorithms, discuss 
strengths & weaknesses of a given technique in regards to specific 
physical problems or astrophysical applications, discuss the state of 
the art simulations in that area and to look forward to future 
developments. The Ascona Conference Center in the Southern Alps has all 
modern facilities and is within walking distance of town with beautiful 
views over Lake Maggiorre. Some travel/accommodation grants are 
available from the AstroSim program - you can apply on the registration 
page. Registration is now open and the conference web page is here:

	http://www.astrosim.net/ascona2008/index.html

Thank you,

Ben Moore
Institute for Theoretical Physics
University of Z?rich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Z?rich, Switzerland

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5. 20th "Rencontres de Blois: Challenges in Particle Astrophysics"

Dear colleague,

We would like to call your attention to the 20th "Rencontres de Blois"
which will be held in Blois, Loire Valley, France on May 18th through 
23rd, 2008. 

The conference will focus on  "Challenges in Particle Astrophysics" 
It will mostly consist of plenary sessions, but half a day will
be devoted on parallel sessions (UHECR, Gamma-ray astronomy, 
Dark matter and cosmology, neutrinos).

More detailed information on the conference can be found on the 
following Web page:

	http://blois.in2p3.fr/2008/

We apologize in advance to those of you who might have already received 
this information.

Jacques Dumarchez
For the Program Committee

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6. Second MCCT-SKADS training school 

26th August - 4th September, 2008; Sig?enza, Spain

Dear Colleague, 

We are pleased to announce that, on behalf of the MCCT-SKADS board,
the Observatorio Astron?mico Nacional (OAN) and the General Foundation
of the University of Alcal? (FGUA) will organize the Second MCCT-SKADS
Training School: ''RADIOASTRONOMY: FUNDAMENTALS AND THE NEW
INSTRUMENTS''. The school will take place in Sig?enza (Spain), from
August 26th to September 4th 2008. The school is fully sponsored by
the Marie Curie MCCT-SKADS programme, within the Sixth Framework
Programme of the European Commission. For further details, we kindly
ask to visit the school web page at: 

	http://mcct-skads.oan.es


PURPOSE AND FORMAT OF THE SCHOOL 

This school on Radioastronomy is the second of a series of three in
the framework of the training activities of the Square Kilometre Array
Design Studies (SKADS) initiative. The main goal is to attract and
train potential users of the new generation of radio interferometers,
with special focus on the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). This school is
not only aimed to radio-astronomers but also to young
astronomers/engineers regardless their speciality. A requirement is to
have finished the graduate studies. 

The school covers the following areas: 

   1. fundamentals of radio astronomy and radio interferometry
   2. science highlights particularly relevant to the new generation
      of radio interferometers and in particular to the SKA 

The programme will consist of a series lectures, spread over a couple
of weeks, in morning and afternoon sessions. The participation will be
limited to a maximum of 40 people. 


VENUE, ACCOMMODATION AND COSTS 

The school will take place at the lecture hall of the Hospeder?a Porta
Coeli (Porta Coeli Inn). Lodging will be also provided in the
Hospeder?a and in a rural hotel nearby. 

Participants are expected to stay for the full length of the school
arriving on Monday 25th of August 2008 and departing on Friday 5th of
September 2008. There is a school fee of 150 Eur (taxes included), and
a full board lodging cost from August 25th to September 5th of 640 Eur
(taxes included) has been arranged. Both participation fee and full
board lodging will be covered by the MCCT-SKADS programme for EU
national and participants from EU associated countries. These
participants will also receive a contribution for the travel expenses,
which should be enough to fully cover low cost flying. 

REGISTRATION 

In order to be considered for participation, people are kindly asked
to pre-register using the school web site form, and send a
presentation letter signed by the Director of the affiliated institute
to the LOC via Fax 

            MCCT-SKADS school LOC
            +34 915 271 935 


In this letter it should be stressed the importance of attending this
school for the formation of the student. The deadline for filling the
pre-registration and sending the presentation letter is 30th of April
2008. The final selection of the candidates will be done on the basis
of the conditions imposed by the European Commission for funding the
school: gender and nationality balance, level of experience of the
attendants, etc. It is expected that the people interested in the
school will be contacted for the final registration procedure no later
than 31st May 2008. 


TRAVEL AND FURTHER INFORMATION 

Sig?enza is easily accessible from Madrid by train (line Madrid-Soria)
or by car (at 135 km. from Madrid). However we plan to arrange a
shuttle service between Madrid and Sig?enza for those arriving on
August 25th and departing on September 5th. 

More details concerning the transportation and school programme will
be posted as soon as possible on the school web page, and will be
included in the second circular. 


ORGANISING COMMITTEE 

    * Dr. Javier Alcolea (Chairman)
    * Dr. Francisco Colomer (Vice-chairman)
    * Dr. Jean Fran?ois Desmurs
    * Dr. Rebeca Soria 

 

The LOC of the MCCT-SKADS 2008 School

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7. 400 Years of Astronomical Telescopes - A review of History, Science and Technology

29 September - 2 October 2008, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

On 25 September 1608, Hans Lipperhey, from the Dutch town of Middelburg,
submitted a patent application for "spy glasses". This optical system became
the basis for optical astronomical telescopes and is the basis for this
meeting, celebrating 400 years of astronomical telescopes. Programming at
this meeting will cover the history of telescope making and usage, key
technologies, and political as well as sociological aspects.

During the 3.5 day program, Invited speakers, all of whom either work in the
field or have helped shape the field, will give review talks and
participants are invited to present a poster paper. The program will focus
on the following topics:

* History of Optical Telescopes
* History of Non-Optical telescopes
* Miscellaneous Aspects and Projects
* Fundamental Telescope Technologies
* Political and Sociological Aspects
* Perspectives for Future Telescopes

More information about the program and registration for the conference '400
years of Astronomical Telescopes' can be found on the conference website: 

	http://www.400yearsoftelescopes.org

or by e-mail at: 400years @ strw.leidenuniv.nl 

Bernhard Brandl & Remko Stuik


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