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1. REMINDER: Call for nominations for the Tycho Brahe Prize 2010

2. High spatial resolution in Astronomy: the VLTI training school

3. Announcement: Fizeau call is open

4. 40th Saas-Fee Course: Astrophysics at Very-High Energies

5. Workshop on "Quantum of Quasars: opening the window of quantum optics in astrophysics"

6. Spiral Galaxy, The Milky Way unravelled

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1. REMINDER: Call for nominations for the Tycho Brahe Prize 2010

One of the highlights of this year's JENAM was the award of the EAS Tycho Brahe
prize to Françoise Combes. EAS Council now invites nominations for the
Tycho Brahe Prize 2010. Full details, including nomination form can be found on
the EAS webpages at

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

Note the strict deadline of 31st October 2009

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2. High spatial resolution in Astronomy: the VLTI training school

The next VLTI training school will be held in the 
Centre IGESA, Porquerolles Island, Côte d?Azur, France from 17th-28th April 2010.

Any student wishing to deepen his(her) knowledge on optical interferometry is
welcome to attend the school. Further news will regularly be posted at the
European interferometry inititative website: 

  http://www.european-interferometry.eu/training/2010

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3. Announcement: Fizeau call is open

The Fizeau exchange visitors program in optical interferometry funds (travel
and accommodation) visits of researchers to an institute of his/her choice
(within the European Community) to perform collaborative work and training. The
program is open for all levels of astronomers (Ph.D. students to tenured staff).
The deadlines for applications are the 15th March and the 15th September for
visits starting 1st May and 1st November, respectively.

Further information is available at the European interferometry website:

  http://www.european-interferometry.eu/fizeau-program

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4. 40th Saas-Fee Course: Astrophysics at Very-High Energies

The 40th "Saas-Fee Advanced Course" of the Swiss Society for Astrophysics and
Astronomy (SSAA) will be held from Monday, 15 March to Saturday, 20 March 2010
in Les Diablerets, in the Swiss Alps.

The course is intended mainly for post graduate astronomers and physicists who
wish to broaden their knowledge about very-high energy astrophysics. It will
review the state of knowledge, open questions and forecasts in the field of high
and very-high energy gamma-ray astrophysics, a field that has encountered a
revolution in the last years with the success of Cherenkov Astronomy and more
recently with the launch of NASA's Fermi mission. Impact of gamma-ray observations
on our knowledge of particle acceleration in galactic and extragalactic sources
will be reviewed. Prospects for dark matter detection and from the multi-messengers 
approaches will be covered as well.

The lectures will be given in English by three top experts in the field:
    * Prof. Felix Aharonian (DIAS, Dublin & MPIK, Heidelberg)
    * Prof. Lars Bergström (Stockholm University)
    * Dr Charles Dermer (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)

More information and on-line registration on the Web at:

  http://www.isdc.unige.ch/sf2010/


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5. Workshop on "Quantum of Quasars: opening the window of quantum optics in astrophysics"

We are pleased to (re)announce the organization of the workshop entitled:
"Quantum of Quasars: opening the window of quantum optics in astrophysics". It
will be held in the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Grenoble (France), on
December 2-4, 2009. Registrations are open. Our main goal is to bring together
quantum optics, astrophysics, ELTs and photon?counting detectors.

Invited speakers: E. Rosencher (ONERA/F), C. Westbrook (Institut d'Optique, Orsay/F),
S. Reynaud (UPMC/F), D. Kieda (U. Utah/USA), M. Schoeller (ESO), J. Rothman (CEA-LETI/F), 
G. Pelletier (LAOG/F), I. Carpraro (Padova/I), G. Henri (LAOG/F),
J.-L. Le Gouët (Lab. Aimé Coton/F), F. Reynaud (XLIM/F), A. Beveratos (LPN/F),
R. Parentani (to be confirmed).

"Quantum of Quasars: The workshop" aims at bringing together astrophysicists,
quantum optics physicists and engineers working on ultra-fast light detection to
explore how quantum optics and astrophysics could be (re)connected to achieve a
better understanding of cosmic objects and light itself.

The workshop will be organized around 3 main axes:
1) Quasars & microquasars as non-thermal sources of radiation / coherent radiation
in cosmic objects
2) Quantum optics experiments & theoretical results / Decoherence
3) E-ELT Instrumentation / ultra-fast detectors & photon-counting devices / Intensity Interferometry

The SOC is composed of A. Barrau (LPSC/F), S. Tanzili (U. Nice/F),
S. Le Bohec (U. Utah/USA), J.-Ph. Poizat (Ins. Néel/F) and C. Foellmi (LAOG/F - chair).

  Website: http://www.quantumofquasars.org

  Contact: cedric.foellmi @ obs.ujf-grenoble.fr

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6. Spiral Galaxy, The Milky Way unravelled

EAS members might enjoy watching the trailer of a documentary on the making of
the first map of the neutral hydrogen emission in the Milky Way, produced in the
 Netherlands. It contains interviews with such famous astronomers as
 Adriaan Blaauw, Hugo van Woerden and Cees de Jager. You can watch the trailer
 and find more information on:

  http://www.demelkwegontrafeld.nl/en/index.html

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