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***                     EAS e-News 2012-05 (23-May-2012)                     ***
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CONTENT

1. Early registration for EWASS 2012

2. Tycho Brahe Prize and Lodewijk Woltjer Lecture 2012

3. EWASS2013, work in progress

4. Call for nominations for the 2011 and 2012 IUPAP Young Scientist Medals
   in the field of Astrophysics

5. Global and European Hands-On Universe activities 


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1. Early registration for EWASS 2012

The European Week of Astronomy and Space Science 2012 (EWASS 2012) organised by
the Italian Astronomical Society (SAIt) on behalf of the European Astronomical
Society (EAS) will take place in Rome, Italy, at the Pontificia Università
Lateranense, during the week of July 1-6, 2012.

Please note that the (slightly extended) deadline for early registration,
allowing you to benefit from a reduced conference fee, will close on 25th May 2012.

Information on the preliminary program of the conference and 31 dedicated events,
with details on the program, and the confirmed speakers invited to give plenary
talks, is now available at the dedicated EWASS2012 web page at:

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

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2. Tycho Brahe Prize and Lodewijk Woltjer Lecture 2012

The European Astronomical Society awards its 2012 Tycho Brahe Prize to Professor
Reinhard Genzel in recognition of his outstanding contributions to European
near-infrared astronomy, through the development of sophisticated instrumentation,
and for ground-breaking work in galactic and extra-galactic astronomy leading to
the best evidence to date for the existence of black holes.

The 2012 Lodewijk Woltjer Lecture is awarded to Professor Wolfgang Hillebrandt
for his fundamental contributions to the study of supernova explosions.

Full details can be found on the EAS web pages for the Tycho Brahe prize
and for the Lodewijk Woltjer Lecture.

This year's awardees and the 2011 Lodewijk Woltjer Lecturer, George Miley, will
be honoured at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science 2012, in a
Plenary Session on Wednesday afternoon, 4th June 2012, at 14h00; each of them
will be asked to deliver a lecture.

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3. EWASS2013, work in progress

Even though EWASS2012 still lies ahead of us, your Councillors are already
working hard with our Finnish colleagues in the preparation of EWASS2013 which
will be held in Turku, from 8-13 July, 2013. Just to show how serious we take
this job, please see the attached photo, showing your Vice-President Mary
Kontizas and colleagues, who together with your Secretary performed a site visit
in early May.



We can report that our Finnish colleagues, notably Aimo Sillampää and Leo Takalo,
have been hard at work to make EWASS2013 a success. We were impressed by the
state of preparations, the high quality of the proposed venue, the hospitality
of our hosts, and the natural beauty of the region, all factors that we hope
will make all of you decide to put EWASS2013 in your diaries.

The Call for Expressions of Interest to organise EAS Symposia during EWASS 2013
was published in the previous EAS e-News. A broad range of parallel sessions can
be accommodated as

(A) "Symposia", consisting of up to 6 blocks of 1.5 hours, stretching over 2 days, 

or

(B) "Special Sessions", consisting of up to 3 blocks of 1.5 hours.

Proposers should strive to make their proposals of interest to large fractions
of the European Astronomical community. All proposals should be submitted as
plain text email, with up to a maximum of 500 words, and should include the
following information: 

      1. Title and type of proposed session

      2. Summary of the goal(s) of the session

      3. Names of organisers (at least two persons)

      4. Justification for proposed duration of the session 
		(how many 1.5-hour blocks?)

      5. Anticipated audience size

Proposals should be sent to Elias BRINKS <secretary-eas @ unige.ch> with copies
to the SOC Chair: Esko Valtaoja <esko.valtaoja @ utu.fi> and to the  LOC Chair:
Aimo Sillampää <aimosill @ utu.fi> by Friday 29th of June 2012 for
review by the SOC.

Applicants will be notified about the outcome of the selection process, most
likely within 4-6 weeks.

Individuals within the European Astronomy and Space Science communities, as
well as EU sponsored networks, are strongly encouraged to propose and organise
sessions.

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4. Call for nominations for the 2011 and 2012 IUPAP Young Scientist Medals
   in the field of Astrophysics

The IUPAP Young Scientist Medals in the field of astrophysics are presented for
two scientists every two years. This year - at the 26th Texas Symposium on
Relativistic Astrophysics (December 16-20, 2012 in Sao Paolo, Brazil).

The nominated candidate must not have completed more than eight years of
research after their doctorate by December 2011 (for the 2011 Medal) or by
December 2012 (for the 2012 Medal). Interruptions for military service, family
emergencies, etc., (but not teaching) are allowed.  

A prize of 1,000 EUR is awarded by IUPAP for each winner to participate at the
Texas Symposium and give a presentation of achievements. One Medal cannot be
shared between several candidates.

Nominations may be made by anyone with an interest in the field.
Self-nominations are not permitted, but a candidate could ask a mentor or
colleague to provide a nomination. The nomination papers must include:

  - A citation of approximately 50 words.
  - Curriculum vitae of the candidate, which must not exceed two pages in length.
  - List of 6 of the candidate's most significant publications, including
    citation information, not to exceed one page.
  - Commentary on the publications, which makes the case for the award, not to
    exceed two pages.
  - Two letters of support (up to a maximum of three pages), at least one of
    which must come from someone not at the nominee's institution and not a
    mentor or significant collaborator. 

The documents must be collated into a single pdf file called Surname_ysm.pdf,
where Surname is the candidate's name. The file must not exceed 2MB in size.
Nominations not conforming to these rules cannot be accepted.

The Medal winners will be selected by a committee composed of the members of
the IUPAP Astrophysics Committee (C19). 

Nominations should be sent on or before the 1st July 2012 to the C19 Secretary
(Grazina Tautvaisiene) by e-mail to: grazina.tautvaisiene @ tfai.vu.lt

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5. Global and European Hands-On Universe activities 

EAS was asked to make publicity for the upcoming Global and European Hands-On
Universe activities. Details follow below.

Outreach Activities for secondary schools

July 8-13, 2012 
15th Global Hands-On Universe Conference 
Ifrane, Morocco   
https://sites.google.com/site/ghou2012/ 

October 15-19, 2012
European Teacher Training sessions.
" EUHOU : Hands-On Universe, Europe. Bringing frontline interactive astronomy
  in the classroom "
Athens, Greece
http://www.euhou.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=237&Itemid=184

November 12-16, 2012
European Teacher Training Session.
" EUHOU : Hands-On Universe, Europe. Bringing frontline interactive astronomy
in the classroom "
Paris, France
http://www.euhou.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=237&Itemid=184

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