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***                     EAS e-News 2012-03 (09-Mar-2012)                     ***
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CONTENT

1. Astronomy in Europe: An Evolving Collaboration

2. International Grant and Essay Competition

3. SpringerPlus, a new Open Access journal

4. Special Meeting on Restructuring the European facilities for astronomy

5. Regional Workshop on Atomic and Molecular Data, Belgrade, June 14-16, 2012

6. Items for the EAS Newsletter

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1. Astronomy in Europe: An Evolving Collaboration

EAS Council invited presidents, or their representatives, of all Affiliated
Societies of EAS to a two-day meeting in Rolle, Switzerland (not far from
Geneva) to discuss "Astronomy in Europe: An Evolving Collaboration". The
meeting was held last month, on 1-2 February. The purpose for getting together,
the slides presented by the speakers, list of participants, and a summary of
the meeting can now be found on the EAS web under:

	http://eas.unige.ch/affiliates.jsp?tab=2012

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2. International Grant and Essay Competition

Our colleague Prof. Donald G. York would like to bring an international grants
and awards program, led by The University of Chicago, and funded by the John
Templeton Foundation, to your attention. The competition is entitled "New
Frontiers in Astronomy & Cosmology". The deadline for pre-application is
April 16, 2012. Full information about this initiative can be found at the
following URL:

	http://www.newfrontiersinastronomy.org/

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3. SpringerPlus, a new Open Access journal

Our Organisational Member Springer has just launched a new Open Access journal
as part of its SpringerOpen Journal series. It is called SpingerPlus and full
details can be found on the SpringerPlus website:

	http://www.springerplus.com/

SpringerPlus accepts manuscripts from all disciplines of Science, including all
areas of astronomy and astrophysics. It accepts manuscripts describing original
research as well as more technical reports. It expressly encourages submission
of papers presenting data and large datasets that formerly would have been
submitted to, e.g., the A&A Supplements Series. Articles are published "Open
Access" under a Creative Commons Attribution License. All submissions will be
peer reviewed. A specific feature of SpringerPlus is that it will not reject
papers simply because they fall outside the scope of a narrowly defined field,
or for a lack of its perceived importance, novelty or ability to attract
citations. It endeavours to publish any study that is scientifically sound.

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4. Special Meeting on Restructuring the European facilities for astronomy

As part of the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS 2012), we
are organising a Special Meeting on Restructuring the European facilities for
astronomy. It is currently planned to take place on the 4th July, 11h20 - 13h20
(subject to changes in the Final Programme).

Working through ASTRONET, the European funding agencies for astronomy are
proceeding to develop the coordinated suite of facilities and services that
were proposed in the 2008 ASTRONET Roadmap, with the aim of delivering the
2007 Science Vision. The large new infrastructure projects are progressing
towards realisation through the appropriate organisations, and preparations
for coordinating the suite of 2-4m telescopes as recommended in 2010 by the
European Telescope Review Committee are under way. Currently, the future of
the existing European radio telescopes is under review by another committee
appointed by ASTRONET.

After a brief overall progress review, this meeting will focus on the plans and
current initiatives for the mid-size optical and radio facilities. OPTICON will
report on the process of developing the optimised network of specialised 2-4m
optical/IR telescopes, and the European Radio Telescope Review Committee will
discuss the status of its ongoing review process. Ample time is scheduled for
comments and questions from the audience on both topics. 

Full information on EWASS 2012 can be found here:

	http://www.ifsi-roma.inaf.it/ewass2012/

Sent on behalf of the organisers by Johannes Andersen

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5. Regional Workshop on Atomic and Molecular Data, Belgrade, June 14-16, 2012

Atomic and molecular data play an essential role in astrophysics, fusion,
laboratory and industrial plasmas, lighting sciences and technologies,
biomedicine and biophysics, combustion and environmental sciences as well as
underpinning many technologies, surface physics, optics and spectroscopy
optoelectronics, etc. In this meeting the need for and applications of such
data in these fields will be reviewed, as well as discussion and presentation
of some of the databases and data centres that collate and disseminate such
data. The objective is both to show the state of the art in this field and
provide information on the need for atomic and molecular data and the current
status of atomic and molecular databases. It is targets both at data producers
and users and will be of  interest to all scientists involved in fundamental
research and/or technological applications.

A key part of the meeting will be the presentation of the Virtual Atomic and
Molecular Data Centre (VAMDC), an EU funded collaboration between groups
involved in the generation, evaluation, and use of atomic and molecular data.
VAMDC is building a reliable, open, flexible and interoperable e-science
interface to existing atomic and molecular data. During the workshop there
will be a VAMDC tutorial in order to explain and demonstrate to participants
how to use services of VAMDC.

The meeting is particularly targeted at researchers based in the Balkans and
south eastern Europe and some support for such researchers will be available.

Full information is available on the following URL:

	http://poincare.matf.bg.ac.rs/~andjelka/VAMDC/

Further information can be obtained from:

	angelkovacevic @ gmail.com
	mdimitrijevic @ aob.bg.ac.rs

For the organisers: Andjelka Kovacevic

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6. Items for the EAS Newsletter

We would like to remind you that the deadline for contributions to the June
2012 EAS Newsletter is April 30th 2012. If you have news that you think is of
interest to the rest of the astronomical community, please feel free to contact
the newsletter editor Prof. V. Charmandaris at: vassilis @ physics.uoc.gr

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