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***               EAS e-News 2011-7 (25-Jul-2011)               ***
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CONTENT

1. Statement on the uncertainty surrounding JWST funding prepared by the EAS

2. The first LOFT Science Meeting 26-28 October 2011

3. EAS Colloquium Series

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1. Statement on the uncertainty surrounding JWST funding prepared by the EAS

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The following statement has been sent by the President of EAS to
Dr John Holdren, Director of the USA Office of Science and Technology
Policy (OSTP) in reaction to the uncertainty surrounding continued
funding of the JWST.

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European astronomers follow with great concern the evolution of the
situation of the JWST project, as they are convinced that its
cancellation would cause severe damage to the advancement of astronomy 
worldwide.

JWST promises to be one of the world leading instruments for the coming
decade in astronomy. Following on the achievements of the Hubble Space
Telescope, it will focus on the many questions related to the origins of
planets, stars and galaxies. It is expected to be unsurpassed in scope and
capabilities. In addition, many major developments in world astronomy,
like the ALMA array and the giant telescope E-ELT, are being designed and
developed taking into account the  expected capabilities of JWST. Together
these instruments will bring mankind to the next step in the understanding
of the Cosmos. JWST is an essential part of this development. The loss of
JWST would therefore damage astronomy in a major way in the USA, in Europe
and in the world.

Many European astronomers and their funding agencies, together with colleagues
in the USA and in Canada,  have invested considerable resources and efforts
in this project, in particular for the development of the MIRI and NIRSpec
instruments.  European astronomers within the instrument teams, and also very
many others with no project involvement, have planned research programs for
the coming years building on JWST capabilities, trusting that it will be
launched as planned.

It would be a tragedy if JWST ended up as unfinished space hardware in a
museum, leaving generations of future young scientists to wonder what
"might have been" had it flown in space. Astronomers are hopeful and confident
that solutions can be found that will do justice to the efforts and funds
already invested worldwide in the JWST project.

The European Astronomical Society wishes to publicly express the concerns
of its members about the current uncertainties affecting the development of
the JWST mission. They  also want to convey their hope that fruitful solutions
will be found to complete and launch what promises to be a world leading
astronomical observatory.

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2. The first LOFT Science Meeting 26-28 October 2011

The LOFT consortium is pleased to announce:

	The first LOFT Science Meeting

to be held in:
Science Park, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
26-28 October 2011

LOFT, the Large Observatory For X-ray Timing, is a newly proposed space
mission concept, selected by ESA as one of the four M3 mission candidates
that will compete for a launch opportunity at the start of the 2020s.
The scope of the meeting is to solicit full involvement in this opportunity
from the wider astronomical community and make a full study of the exciting
science that could be done with the instruments on-board LOFT.

Prospective participants are encouraged to visit the meeting web page:

http://www.isdc.unige.ch/loft/index.php/meetings/loft-science-meeting

and to subscribe to the LOFT newsletter:

http://www.isdc.unige.ch/loft/index.php/structure-of-the-consortium/loft-newsletter

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3. EAS Colloquium Series

In order to promote medium size meetings in astronomy and astrophysics,
and related areas, the European Astronomical Society (EAS) is launching a
series of EAS Colloquia (EASColl) to provide a mechanism to exchange ideas
and promote cross-fertilization of ideas between scientists working in Europe. 

EASColl are intended to be medium-size meetings of 50 to 80 people dedicated
to either established scientific domains or newly emerging fields of
small/growing communities, which can not apply for support to the large
EU Networks or qualify as International Astronomical Union Symposia (IAUS). 

Therefore, we are pleased to announce the first call for proposals for the
EAS Colloquia. 

	- The deadline for submission is September 30, 2011
	- Selection by Council is expected to take place by the end of November
	- The funding is allocated for the next civil year

Practical information (including the application form) can be found at:
http://eas.unige.ch/meetings.jsp?tab=eascoll

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