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1. European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (JENAM2010)

2. Call for Expressions of Interest for Apertif surveys

3. Fundamental Physics Roadmap

4. Pre-release of the US Decadal Survey Report

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1. European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (JENAM2010)

The European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (JENAM2010) is almost upon us! 
Our Portuguese colleagues have worked extremely hard to create an exciting programme.

With more than 550 participants registered, this promises to become a meeting you
cannot afford to miss!

This is to remind you that the deadline for late registration for JENAM 2010 is 
Tuesday 31st August 2010; after that, you are welcome to register at the desk upon arrival.

The registration page can be reached via the home page of JENAM2010:

	http://www.jenam2010.org/ 

EAS Council, and the LOC of JEAM2010 look forward to seeing you all in Lisbon next week!

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2. Call for Expressions of Interest for Apertif surveys

The Radio Observatory of ASTRON (The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy) 
invites the world-wide community to submit Expressions of Interest to define, 
prepare and perform large survey programmes with Apertif, the new 
Phased Array Feed receiver system for the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope. 
The WSRT and Apertif serve as a scientific and technological pathfinder for the 
Square Kilometre Array.

The submission of Expressions of Interest by the community is the initial step 
toward selecting and defining large surveys that will take full advantage of the 
strengths of the WSRT equipped with Phased Array Feeds. Submitting an 
Expression of Interest offers the survey science teams with the opportunity to 
become involved in defining the surveys and derived data products. It also provides 
the survey science teams with the advantage of prolonged proprietary access to the 
commissioning data, as well as an optimal positioning for an expedient scientific 
exploitation of the survey data.

Expressions of Interest should be limited to 3 pages of text (excluding references) 
and 1 additional page with figures if desired. Minimum font-size is 11pt. Submission 
is through the WSRT NorthStar web tool at 

	http://proposal.astron.nl 

which will be activated by the end of August 2010. The deadline for submission
is 2010 September 22, 12:00 CET (10:00 UTC)

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3. Fundamental Physics Roadmap

The Fundamental Physics Roadmap has been completed and is now available.

The roadmap discusses science goals and technologies relevant for conducting 
fundamental physics studies in space. The document is the result of the consultation 
process kicked-off last year with the Call for White Papers and followed by the 
January Workshop, which played an important role in the community for the definition 
of scientific priorities and for the completion of the roadmap itself.

The roadmap document (see attachment), now distributed to the participants of the 
Fundamental Physics Roadmap Workshop, will soon appear on the FPR-AT home page 
(http://sci.esa.int/fprat).

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4. Pre-release of the US Decadal Survey Report

The Astro2010 Survey Committee report, "New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics,"
was released on 13th August by the National Academies in Washington, DC. The report 
recommends priorities for the most important scientific and technical activities 
of the next 10 years in astronomy and astrophysics. These include a balance of 
small, medium, and large initiatives, with ground- and space-based telescopes 
across the electromagnetic spectrum. The report also addresses important demographic 
and career issues. It is available in pre-publication form on the National Academies Press 
website (http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12951);
the fully edited final publication version will emerge later this year.

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