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1. Update on the ASTRONET/OPTICON European Telescope Strategy Review

2. "Block Course on Cosmology" and "International Workshop on Cosmic Structure and Evolution"

3. 5th European Summer School on Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics

4. High-resolution X-ray spectroscopy: past, present, and future

5. "The Extreme sky: Sampling the Universe above 10 keV"

6. European Radio Interferometry School - last few places

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1. Update on the ASTRONET/OPTICON European Telescope Strategy Review

The ASTRONET/OPTICON European Telescope Strategy Review Committee:

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

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       The Web Forum will remain open until August 31 2009
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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 continues to be sought via a web based tool created for
the purpose.  The main consultation period began in early June and continues
until the end of August.  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.

Note that the same site will provide an opportunity to comment again on a draft
of the Pael's report, so save the URL in your Bookmarks!

To leave comments/input, you will need to register if you haven't already 
registered for this forum, or its predecessor that informed the community of
the development of the Astronet Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap. This
is a very simple procedure and just allows your identity to be linked with any
input that you might wish to provide to this open consultation.

From:
Janet Drew and Jacqueline Bergeron (Chair and Co-Chair, on behalf of the ETSRC panel)

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2. "Block Course on Cosmology" and "International Workshop on Cosmic Structure and Evolution"

The organisers would like to bring to your attention two scientific programs to
be held at Bielefeld, Germany in September - an
"International Workshop on Cosmic Structure and Evolution" and a 
"Block Course on Cosmology". Further information on the Workshop and the 
Block Course, is available at

http://www.physik.uni-bielefeld.de/igs/cosmology2009/cosmic-ws09.html
http://www.physik.uni-bielefeld.de/igs/cosmology2009/cosmo-bc09.html

The "International Workshop on Cosmic Structure and Evolution", will be held at
the Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZiF) at Bielefeld during 
September 23-25. The Workshop will focus on recent advances in the field of
large scale structure and and the cosmic microwave background and will feature
talks by leading researchers. A preliminary list of invited speakers will be
provided at a later date. We will have invited talks, contributed talks, and
discussion sessions, and plan to publish the Workshop proceedings. The Workshop
fee is 100 Euro and the deadline for registration is August 16, 2009.

The Block Course on Cosmology will be held at Bielefeld University during 
September 17-22, just before the start of the Workshop. It is aimed towards
advanced graduate students and beginning postdocs. We expect to have a series of
lectures on Large Scale Structure, Inflation, CMB, and Dark Energy. The invited
speakers include Will Percival, Patrick Peter, Alain Riazuelo, and Sergei Winitzki.
There is no participation fee or deadline for the Block Course.

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3. 5th European Summer School on Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics

Location: S.Tecla (Catania) Italy
Dates: from 20 to 27 September 2009

The School will deal with various aspects of primordial and stellar 
nucleosynthesis, including novel experimental approaches, indirect methods, and
radioactive ion beams. Furthermore, we plan to have lectures on complementary
subjects of astrophysics  such as gamma ray astronomy dark matter and cosmic rays.
The School is devoted to the education of young researchers.

website:

http://agenda.ct.infn.it/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=169


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4. High-resolution X-ray spectroscopy: past, present, and future

The conference ?High-resolution X-ray spectroscopy: past, present, and future?
will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on March 15-17, 2010. 

Since the launch of XMM-Newton and Chandra ten years ago, high-resolution
X-ray spectroscopy has proven to be a very powerful tool in astrophysics. It
offers unique diagnostics to study almost any object in the Universe. The grating
spectrometers aboard XMM-Newton and Chandra continue to provide excellent data,
while imaging calorimeters are being prepared for future missions like Astro-H and
IXO. The synergy with other wavelength bands like the UV is boosted by the
addition of COS to HST. 

In this meeting, we foresee presentations that highlight the state-of-the-art of
X-ray spectroscopy for a broad range of objects and show prospects for future studies.
The topics of the sessions are organised according to physical process, providing
an overview of the field from a different point of view.

The abstract submission deadline is November 1st, 2009. Please use the pre-registration
form on the conference web site. A very limited amount of money is available to
support participants that are unable to apply for travel funds elsewhere. Please
see the web site for application instructions. 

On behalf of the organising committees,

Jelle Kaastra
Chair Scientific Organising Committee

Jelle de Plaa
Chair Local Organising Committee

Conference website:
http://www.sron.nl/xray2010
Email: xray2010 @ sron.nl

Deadline for abstracts: November 1st, 2009

Organized by SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research and Utrecht University

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5. "The Extreme sky: Sampling the Universe above 10 keV"

This conference will be held on 13-17 October  2009 at Castello Aragonese,
Otranto (Lecce) ITALY. 

The meeting will consist of invited talks 30 minutes long (including discussion)
and contributions which are welcome as either posters or short interventions
15-20 minutes long. We encourage the scientific community to contribute.

Please note that the registration page is now active on the workshop website below:

http://www.iasf-roma.inaf.it/extremesky2009/

Registration and Abstracts can also be uploaded on the same page. We remind
that abstract submission should be no later than August 15th.

Please note that there will be a registration fee of 300 Euro (200 euro for PhD students)
to be paid at the conference site. This fee includes proceedings publication.

More details, including registration abstract submision and deadlines, can be
found on the workshop webpages which will be constantly updated in the following weeks:

http://www.iasf-roma.inaf.it/extremesky2009/

The registration and abstract submission DO NOT require the payment of the fee,
planned at the conference desk, on site. The attendance for logistics reason
will be limited to 140 people and we encourage the interested scientist to
register as soon as possible.

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6. European Radio Interferometry School - last few places

As of two weeks ago, there were a few places left on this School that will take
place from 7 - 11 September in Oxford, and interested parties are urged to
contact the orgamisers at their earliest convenience.

http://astrowiki.physics.ox.ac.uk/ERIS2009

ERIS will provide a week of lectures and hands-on tutorials on how to get
scientific results from radio interferometry. Topics covered include:

* Choosing the right instrument, configuration and observing plan for your project
* Calibration and imaging continuum, spectral line and polarization data
* Extracting and interpreting measurements
* Working on data drawn from observations of Galactic and extragalactic sources,
transient and variable objects.

Please see our web site for the provisional agenda, registration form and 
accomodation booking form.

Anita Richards for ERIS SoC

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