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1. Scientific Programme of the "European Week of Astronomy and Space Science" (JENAM2009) now available

2. Public Lectures during the "European Week of Astronomy and Space Science" (JENAM2009)

3. EAS is Organisational member of IYA2009

4. New EAS Constitution and Bye-Laws online

5. Conference on the island of Malta: "HUNTING FOR THE DARK: The Hidden Side of Galaxy Formation"

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1. Scientific Programme of the "European Week of Astronomy and Space Science"
   (JENAM2009) now available

The Scientific Programme of the "European Week of Astronomy and Space Science"
(JENAM2009) is now available online at:

  http://www.jenam2009.eu/default.asp?ContentID=1327

by clicking on the highlighted individual sessions.

Close to 1000(!) participants have now registered for what promises to become
one of the largest, if not largest ever JENAMs held, with participants from the
UK, Continental Europe and the rest of the world!

Late registration is still open and possible until 16th April 2009.

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2. Public Lectures during the "European Week of Astronomy and Space Science" (JENAM2009)

In addition to the scientific programme, in this International Year of Astronomy,
the organisers of the "European Week of Astronomy and Space Science" (JENAM2009)
are hosting 4 Public Lectures, one per evening with among others a public talk
by British-born NASA astronaut Michael Foale. The full programme (and for those
who will be attending JENAM2009, information on how to register for the events)
can be found here:

  http://publiclectures.feis.herts.ac.uk/

where you can also download a brochure with further details.

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3. EAS is Organisational Associate of IYA2009

EAS members will be pleased to learn that in addition to the special EAS-IYA 
grants which were awarded at the beginning of 2009, the EAS is also since
January 2009 a full Organisational Associate of IYA2009. Details can be found
on the IYA2009 web site at:

  http://www.astronomy2009.org/organisation/structure/partners/organisationalassociates/

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4. New EAS Constitution and Bye-Laws online

The new EAS Constitution and Bye-Laws that were voted upon and approved with
overwhelming majority have since the beginning of the year been displayed on 
the ESA Web pages at: 

  http://eas.unige.ch/eas/society.jsp

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5. Conference on the island of Malta: "HUNTING FOR THE DARK: The Hidden Side 
   of Galaxy Formation"


    HUNTING FOR THE DARK: The Hidden Side of Galaxy Formation

            Monday October 19th to Friday October 23rd, 2009

              to be held at the Dolmen Hotel in Malta

       URL:  http://www.star.uclan.ac.uk/malta2009/index.shtml 
                  Email: malta2009 @ uclan.ac.uk

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* SCIENTIFIC TOPICS

Many of the components and processes that play an important role in the 
formation of galaxies are either dark, obscured or faint. This restricts our 
ability to test theories and models. This meeting aims to bring together 
researchers in galaxy formation to address some of these challenges.

Subjects of interest will include:

+ What do the properties of disks allow us to infer about the properties of the
  dark matter halos within which they reside? What can be learned about their
  density, spin, and shape and how do these compare with predictions of 
  simulations? What can be inferred about the dark matter properties of 
  elliptical galaxies? How does the baryon content of galaxies vary across the
  luminosity function, from L* to the lowest mass systems? How dark matter
  dominated are the dwarf spheroidal galaxies, and what constraints does
  understanding them provide on the roles of feedback and reionisation?   

+ How do supermassive black holes form and grow? How do they affect the galaxies
  within which they reside? How can we infer their presence in the smallest
  systems and in the most dusty environments? What do the famous scaling
  relations of supermassive black holes reveal about their evolution? To what
  extent do the related scalings of nuclear star clusters inform about black
  hole formation?  

+ What do the faint components of galaxies reveal about galaxy formation? How
  do stellar halos, thick disks, outer disks, diffuse satellites and shells
  constrain models? What are the future prospects for using these subsystems as
  signposts in galactic archaeology? How do they reveal how galaxies are
  connected to the cosmic web?

+ How can we quantify star formation which is obscured by dust? How much star
  formation do we miss in the optical and what does this imply for the usual
  scaling relations?  

+ When does gas fail to make stars and why?  How much of this gas is there?
  What do the blind HI surveys reveal about galaxy formation? Where are the
  missing baryons and how do they get there?  How does gas circulate in galaxies?

* LOCATION

The conference will take place at the Dolmen Resort Hotel in Bugibba, Malta.
The hotel is situated at the water's edge with excellent views of the coastline.  

* IMPORTANT DATES

Opening of registration of interest - Feb 16
Opening of abstract submission - Feb 16
Opening for registration - May 30
Deadline for abstract submission - Jul 30
Final announcement with program - Aug 07
Closing date for registration - Sep 15
Conference - Oct 19-23

Finally, please circulate this message to all interested colleagues of yours.  

Victor P. Debattista and Cristina C. Popescu (co-chairs of the SOC)


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