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1. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2010!
 
2. Viktor Ambartsumian International prize

3. ESF-FWF Conference in Partnership with LFUI: 
   "Putting our Solar System in Context: Origin, Dynamical and Physical Evolution of Multiple Planet Systems",
   25-30 April 2010, Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Austria

4. Conference on "Dynamics and evolution of disc galaxies",  May 31-June 04, Russia

5. Upcoming Summer Schools on the EAS Web

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1. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2010!

EAS Council and the Secretariat would like to wish all of you a 

	MERRY CHRISTMAS and BEST WISHES for 2010!

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2. Viktor Ambartsumian International prize

Viktor Ambartsumian Prize is one of the important awards in astronomy/astrophysics
and related sciences. It is being awarded to outstanding scientists having
significant contribution in physical/mathematical sciences from any country and
nationality. The Prize totals USD 500,000 and is being awarded once each two years,
starting with 2010.

To apply for the Prize, a work may be presented by an author or authors' group 
(not more than 3 persons). The cash award is being equally shared between the
winners, and a diploma, a medal and a certificate are being awarded to each winner.

Full information regarding the nomination procedure can be found on the 
V.A. Ambartsumian Prize official webpage:

	http://vaprize.sci.am

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3. ESF-FWF Conference in Partnership with LFUI: 
   "Putting our Solar System in Context: Origin, Dynamical and Physical Evolution of Multiple Planet Systems",
   25-30 April 2010, Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Austria

The present-day catalogue of extrasolar planets includes a panoply of astoundingly
diverse systems containing more than one planetary companion. The observational
data on multiple systems (orbital architectures, mass distributions, stellar host
properties) have important implications for the proposed models of formation and
early evolution of planetary systems, provide important clues on the relative role
of several proposed mechanisms of dynamical interactions between forming planets,
gaseous/planetesimals disks, and distant companion stars, and allow to measure the
likelihood of formation and survival of terrestrial planets in the Habitable Zone
of the parent star. Multiple-planet systems are thus clearly excellent laboratories
to search for fossil evidence of formation and dynamical evolution mechanisms.
However, given the present theoretical limitations to elucidate in an unified manner
the complex processes of planet formation and evolution, some of the key questions
on the physical architecture of planetary systems still await a definitive answer.
To this end, help from future data, obtained with a variety of techniques, over a
wide range of wavelengths, both from the ground and in space, will prove invaluable.
This conference will aim at reaching two overarching goals. First, it will strive
to create a global picture of the origin, dynamical and physical evolution of
multiple-planet systems, as well as of extrasolar planets orbiting stars in multiple
stellar systems, by comparing the latest observational findings with new theoretical
developments in the field. This could help in the design of incipient ESA and NASA
exoplanet research programs and could also help guide future ground-based and
space-borne observing campaigns. Second, and perhaps more important, would be the
further integration of Solar-system science into the astronomy of exoplanets. To
date, exoplanet research has been driven by astronomers, while planetary scientists
have by and large focused almost exclusively on our Solar System. However, the
expertise in planetary science is vast, and merging such knowledge with the new
discoveries outside the Solar System would greatly enrich both. 

Full conference programme, including list of invited speakers, and application 
form is accessible online from:

	http://www.esf.org/conferences/10314

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2010.

ESF Contact: Alessandra Piccolotto - apiccolotto @ esf.org

This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation
(ESF http://www.esf.org/conferences),
in partnership with the Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung in Österreich
(FWF) http://www.fwf.ac.at/ and the Leopold-Franzens-Universität
Innsbruck (LFUI) http://www.uibk.ac.at/unis-index-en.html.

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4. Conference on "Dynamics and evolution of disc galaxies",  May 31-June 04, Russia

The "Sternberg Astronomical Institute of Moscow State University (SAI)" and
"Pushchino Radio Astronomy Observatory of Lebedev Physical Institute of Russian 
Academy of Sciences (PRAO RAN)" are proud to announce the conference "Dynamics 
and evolution of disc galaxies" jointly with 27th Annual Pushchino Conference:
"Modern Problems for Extragalactic Astronomy" to be held May 31-June 04 in 
Pushchino, Moscow region, Russia, and in Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Moscow, Russia.

* Main scientific objectives

- Dynamics of the stellar and gaseous components in disc galaxies
- Disc structure and formation of substructures, such as bulges, bars, spirals, rings, etc.
- The effect of dark matter on disc galaxy evolution
- Star formation in relation with other properties of disc galaxies
- Chemical versus dynamical evolution.

Pre-registration is now open on the conference web-site

	http://www.prao.ru/conf/Galaxies_2010/

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5. Upcoming Summer Schools on the EAS Web

The Secretariat keeps an up-to-date list of Summer (and Winter) Schools on its 
Web page. Simply click on:

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

for a listing.

If you organise a Summer School, or are aware of one, please feel free to send
relevant information to the EAS Secretary at: secretary-eas @ unige.ch

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