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1. Ballot Result

2. EAS-IYA Grants announced

3. Meeting with the High-Energy Astrophysics Community 

4. The Lyman Alpha Universe

5. Questionnaire about the needs in UV astrophysics

6. Preliminary Programme of the "European Week of Astronomy and Space Science" 
   (JENAM2009) available

7. Deadline for EAS Grants for "European Week of Astronomy and Space Science"
   (JENAM2009) set for 16 February 2009

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1. Ballot Result

It is a pleasure to report that of the flood of returned ballot papers the vast
majority approved the proposed changes to the EAS Constitution. There were just
2 abstentions and 1 rejection. With this, the amendments to the EAS Constitution
have been approved and the new version will appear on the EAS Web.

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2. EAS-IYA Grants announced

EAS is actively supporting IYA2009 projects. It set aside 7000.- Euro and called
for proposals from the community. Over 25 proposals were received, four of which
received funding. A summary of these projects is given on the IYA2009 web under:

http://www.astronomy2009.org/news/updates/104/

EAS has asked the winners to provide links to the pages describing their projects
and will make those links available on the EAS page as well, as they become
available.

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3. Meeting with the High-Energy Astrophysics Community 

    Strengthening European Cooperation in High-Energy Astrophysics:
                       Toward a Proposal for FP7

       A European FP7 proposal on  Integrated Activities for
           the High-Energy Astrophysics Domain (AHEAD)

                       09-10 February 2009, Roma Italy


There is an emergent need to coordinate efforts in high-energy astrophysics at
the European level. In January 2008, an adhoc Steering Committee (SC), composed
of several members of the high-energy astrophysics community, was formed to
discuss the opportunity for a European Framework Programme #7 proposal entitled
Integrated Activities for the High-Energy Astrophysics Domain (AHEAD).

This proposal will be submitted as a response to the Spring 2010 call for
bottom-up integrated activities, in the frame of the FP7 Capacities Work Programme
for support to existing research infrastructures. To ensure that the needs of
the high-energy astrophysics community are adequately represented, the SC has
invited the community to respond massively to a Call for participation in 
Summer 2008 and to participate in the preparation and the definition of the proposal.

This meeting aims to present to the high-energy astrophysics community the current
structure of activities of AHEAD. Activities submitted as a response to the call
for participation and deemed by the steering committee potentially most interesting
for inclusion in the future AHEAD proposal will also be presented. This meeting
will be open to the community to increase the dialogue between all interested
parties. Therefore, members of the high-energy astrophysics community are
encouraged to register and participate.

AHEAD webpage  : http://isdc.unige.ch/ahead


Meeting webpage:
http://isdc.unige.ch/ahead/meetings/meeting_2009_02/index.html

Deadline       : 31 December 2008

Contact        : ahead @ unige.ch

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4. The Lyman Alpha Universe

25th IAP Annual Colloquium, 
6-10 july 2009, Paris

http://www.iap.fr/col2009

The Lyman-alpha line and related diagnostics are now routinely used in numerous
astrophysical studies for example to probe massive star formation across the
Universe, to study properties of the interstellar and intergalactic medium
(ISM and IGM) across cosmic times, and to search for the most distant galaxies
in the Universe.

Both observations and simulations have made enormous progress over the last
decade. For example, surveys targetting Lyman-alpha have discovered new
populations of galaxies out to the highest redshift, and sophisticated
hydrodynamic and radiation transfer simulations have been developed. Furthermore
many new instruments and experiments using Lyma-alpha and related diagnostics
are being designed and constructed.

Given the fundamental importance of Lyman-alpha and its challenges, we felt it
timely to hold an international conference on this topic at the
Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris . The goal is to bring together experts in
the field for an intensive discussion and a deeper understanding of the formation
of Lyman-alpha and its interpretation. Ultimately, we hope to define new
strategies and collaborative plans to bridge the gap between those concentrating
on the high-redshift universe and those primarily interested in local galaxies.
Participation of observers, modellers, and instrumentalists will be crucial for
this effort.
Time is now ripe to bring together various communities studying and using
Lyman-alpha in a variety of exciting and diverse fields in a large international
conference. 


TOPICS COVERED :


- Starbursts from the local Universe to high redshift
- Lyman-alpha emitters, Lyman Break Galaxies
- Other Lyman-alpha sources (Lya blobs, sub-mm galaxies,
  radio galaxies, AGN)
- Lyman-alpha absorption systems
- Searches for the highest redshift galaxies
- Cosmic reionisation, cosmological uses of Lyman-alpha
- Lyman-alpha and UV radiation transfer modeling in galaxies and
  at cosmological scales
- Future instruments and surveys


For more information see 
http://www.iap.fr/col2009/


Organisers: Daniel Kunth (IAP), Daniel Schaerer (Geneva Observatory, CNRS)
Secretary: Chrystelle Massin (col2009 @ iap.fr) 

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5. Questionnaire about the needs in UV astrophysics

As you probably know, no UV mission has been selected in the Cosmic Vision
exercise, so that a major gap is likely to open after the end of the HST. NASA
has however some Phase A studies under way,  and some other countries envisage
some smaller missions. The community of astronomers interested in the UV has
therefore to compile the scientific needs in this domain, and the corresponding
technical requirements, in order to prepare a new initiative, or to participate
in some of the emerging ones. At the European level, we have started to this
within  NUVA  (Network for UV Astronomy) which is a network funded up to now by
the EC via its contract to OPTICON (www.astro-opticon.org). As part of the NUVA
activities we are running an on-line questionnaire among the astronomical
community world-wide to learn about the demand for UV facilities and the sort of
instrumentation that potential users would like to see.

We would like you to take a few minutes to fill in this questionnaire and convey
your needs and views  for the future of UV. The questionnaire is open to
astronomers in all fields of astronomy and it is available through the NUVA
web main page: 

http://www.ucm.es/info/nuva 

where you will also find a summary of all our  activities. We thank you in advance
for your cooperation.

Michel Dennefeld
on behalf of the NUVA Chair, Prof . Ana I Gomez de Castro

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6. Preliminary Programme of the "European Week of Astronomy and Space Science" 
(JENAM2009) available

Preparations are going apace for the "European Week of Astronomy and Space Science"
(JENAM2009) which will be held from 20 - 23 April 2009 at the University of 
Hertfordshire in the UK (30km north of London). Please visit the website at:

http://www.jenam2009.eu/

where an outline scientific programme is now available. The following EAS Symposia
are envisaged, with numerous parallel sessions covering other topics being put
together:

The next era in radio astronomy: the pathway to SKA 
The standard cosmological models - successes and challenges
Brown dwarfs and exo-planets
The life cycle of dust 
Multi-wavelength high redshift surveys
Three decades of gravitational lenses
IYA 2009

Registration will be open from mid-January 2009.

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7. Deadline for EAS Grants for "European Week of Astronomy and Space Science" 
(JENAM2009) set for 16 February 2009

Please notice the deadline for EAS Grant applications to attend the JENAM 2009. 

An application form is
available and will also appear on the JENAM 2009 pages.

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