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1. Mathematics and Astronomy: A Joint Long Journey

2. An invitation to the community to help shape the future use of Europe's 2-4m telescopes

3. Conference on Astronomy and Civilization, August 10-13, 2009, Budapest

4. XXI Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics "Accretion Processes in Astrophysics"

5. EAS initiative to maintain a list of Summer/Winter Schools

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1. Mathematics and Astronomy: A Joint Long Journey

As part of IYA2009 the Spanish National Research Council CSIC in cooperation 
with the Spanish Open University UNED are organizing the Symposium "Mathematics
and Astronomy: A Joint Long Journey" with the support of the International
Astronomical Union and International Mathematical Union.

The main objective of this Symposium is to meet astronomers and mathematicians
from different countries in order to discuss common aspects in their work, in
Madrid, November 23rd-27th. More information can be found at  

  http://www.astromath2009.com

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2. An invitation to the community to help shape the future use of Europe's 
   2-4m telescopes

The ASTRONET/OPTICON European Telescope Strategy Review Committee extends:

  An invitation to the community to help shape the future use
               of Europe's 2-4m telescopes.

The ASTRONET Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap concluded that there is
an urgent need to define a strategy for 2-4m telescopes at the European Level.
Accordingly a panel has been set up to identify how Europe's medium sized
telescopes can best contribute to the delivery of the Science Vision and to
propose how a suite of existing telescopes can do so cost effectively. This
panel, the European Telescopes Strategic Review Committee (ETSRC) is co-chaired
by Janet Drew (University of Hertfordshire, UK) and Jacqueline Bergeron (IAP, Paris).
ETSRC will deliver a report at around the end of 2009.

Vital community input is now sought via a web based tool created for the purpose.
The main consultation period begins now and continues until the end of July.
The panel sees it as crucial to identifying a viable way forward that it receives
input from right across Europe and from an equally broad spectrum of scientific
interests in the mid-sized telescopes.

We would be extremely grateful if you would provide your input via our web
form at:

  http://www.strw.leidenuniv.nl/2to4mtelescopes/

which outlines the panel's task, identifies the telescopes under consideration,
presents some early ideas, and sketches the kind of input the panel is looking
for at this stage.

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3. Conference on Astronomy and Civilization, August 10-13, 2009, Budapest

Conference: Astronomy and Civilization
When: August 10-13, 2009
Where: Roland E?tv?s University, Budapest, Hungary
Deadline for registration: July 1, 2009

The conference "Astronomy and Civilization", to be held in Budapest, August 10-13, 2009,
to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009, is intended as an
exceptional, multidisciplinary event on the most challenging questions of
science, philosophy, religion and art. The present scientific worldview is still
based on physics, as in the 17th century. The goal of the conference is to call
attention to the central significance of astrobiology in the 21st century, which
is the century of biology. There are close relations between astronomy, biology,
natural sciences and civilization. The only safe ground of our future is the
wider and deeper understanding of the Universe. The conference intends to
combine plenary sessions on big questions in an inspiring manner with
minisymposia on cutting-edge research in physics, astrobiology, biosemiotics,
complexity and cognitive sciences, as well as on social sciences, art, religion
and astronomy. More information is available at the webpage of the conference:

  http://www.konkoly.hu/AC2009/

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4. XXI Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics "Accretion Processes in 
   Astrophysics"

Puerto de la Cruz (Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain)
November 2nd to November 13th, 2009

The XXI Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics (WS), organized by the 
Instituto de Astrof?sica de Canarias (IAC), is dedicated to the study of
accretion processes in Astrophysics. The WS welcomes a maximum of 70 PhD students
and young Post-Docs, and provides each year a unique opportunity for the
participants to broaden their knowledge in a key field of Astronomy.

The primary aim of the WS  is to provide a wide-ranging and up-to-date overview
of the theoretical, experimental and analytical tools necessary for carrying out
front-line research in the study of accretion processes. The School is
particularly designed to offer young researchers tips and guidelines to help
them direct their future research towards these themes, which are among the
most important in modern astrophysics. The school will include an introduction
to the theory of accretion, observational signatures and tests of current models
in close binaries and active galactic nuclei, as well as relativistic accretion
flows around black holes.

Lecturers and Topics

Henk Spruit               - Accretion Theory (5 hrs)
Brian Warner & Rob Hynes  - Accretion in Binary Systems (10 hrs)
Philipp Podsiadlowski     - Accretion and the Evolution of Binary Systems (5 hrs)
Giuseppina Fabianno       - Accretion-powered Binaries in other Galaxies (5 hrs)
Rob Fender & Chris Done   - Observational Characteristics of Accretion onto Black Holes (10 hrs)
John Hawley               - Theory of Relativistic Accretion Flows (5 hrs)

Organizing Committee: J. Casares, I. G. Mart?nez-Pais, T. Shahbaz, F. S?nchez

Winter School Web Page: http://www.iac.es/winschool2009
Contact Information: winter @ iac.es

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5. EAS initiative to maintain a list of Summer/Winter Schools

It has been suggested that the EAS collects and disseminates information about
specialist meetings known as Schools, such as Summer Schools and Winter Schools.
Many of these have a long and distinguished tradition, such as the Saas Fee
schools organised by our Swiss colleagues, or the IAC Winter Schools (see
item 4 of this News bulletin).

Since our new Web pages were put in place, there has been a section on 
"Schools" that can be found here:

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

The purpose of this message is to advertise this eAS service. Also, EAS will be
grateful if you could help by bringing those Schools that haven't been listed
yet to our attention, and alert us to new announcements of Schools. You can
send your messages to eas @ unige.ch, preferably with a copy to 
secretary-eas @ unige.ch

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