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***                     EAS e-News 2012-06 (4-Sep-2012)                      ***
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CONTENT

1. Report to the EAS Council of the Working Group on the Future of Space Astronomy

2. Call for nominations for the 2013 MERAC Prizes for Early Career Researchers

3. The Second LOFT Science Meeting

4. The EII (European Interferometry Initiative under OPTICON/FP7) working group
   "Future of Interferometry in Europe"

5. IAU Symposium 299: "Exploring the Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems"

6. Members' fees payment reminder

7. Upcoming Summer/Winter Schools


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1. Report to the EAS Council of the Working Group on the Future of Space Astronomy

The final report on the Future of Space Astronomy by the EAS Working Group is
now available on the EAS website:

	http://eas.unige.ch/documents/space_future_report.pdf

The executive summary will be printed in the next EAS Newsletter and the document
will be distributed to the relevant national and European authorities.

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2. Call for nominations for the 2013 MERAC Prizes for Early Career Researchers

FONDATION MERAC is a non-profit foundation started in 2012 with headquarters
in Switzerland to recognize and support young European astronomers. There are
yearly three MERAC Prizes awarded by the EAS. The prizes of EUR 20'000.- are
for each of the three categories: Theoretical Astrophysics, Observational
Astrophysics, and New Technologies (Instrumental/Computational).

The EAS Council invites EAS members to nominate suitable candidates for the
MERAC Prizes of 2013. This being an odd year, the three prizes will be
Best Early Career Researcher Prizes.

The deadline for nomination is Sunday, September 30, 2012.

Please use the dedicate web interface at:
	http://eas.unige.ch/merac_prizes.jsp?tab=nomination

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3. The Second LOFT Science Meeting

Please find below a reminder about the second LOFT Science Meeting to be held
in Toulouse (France) 24-27 September 2012.

ANNOUNCEMENT:
LOFT, the Large Observatory For X-ray Timing, is one of the four ESA Cosmic
vision mission candidates competing for a launch opportunity at the start of
2020s. LOFT will answer fundamental questions about the motion of matter
orbiting close to the event horizon of a black hole, and the state of matter
in neutron stars.

The Second LOFT Science Meeting, open to the Astrophysical community at large,
will take place in Toulouse (France) 24-27 September 2012.

Registrations and abstract submissions for poster contributions are still open.

Please find all the relevant information at the meeting's official web-page:

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

We look forward to meeting all of you in Toulouse.

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4. The EII (European Interferometry Initiative under OPTICON/FP7) working
   group "Future of Interferometry in Europe"

On behalf of Dr Jörg-Uwe Pott and Prof. Jean Surdej, please find below an
solicitation to join the new EII (European Interferometry Initiative
under OPTICON/FP7) working group "Future of Interferometry in Europe".

The European Interferometry Initiative (EII) is serving the European optical /
infrared interferometry community in several ways. EII works both on maximizing
the exploitation of community access interferometers as well as formulating the
needs for the next generation of interferometric instruments and infrastructure.
The EII is funded from the European Union via the Opticon / FP7 programme.

We are now searching for members of the new EII working group "Future of
Interferometry in Europe" (hereafter FIE WG). The goal is to bring together a
small group of community members which represents all aspects of building and
using optical / infrared interferometers in Europe.
Our aim is to provide during the coming years the astronomical community at
large a vision of the Future of Interferometry in Europe, likely in form of a
white book, and to advise observatories and agencies accordingly when planning
their contribution to the Future of Interferometry in Europe.
Possible topics that could be addressed by the working group are listed below.
The final choice on such topics, on foci and depth of discussion is intentionally
left open to be decided upon by the FIE WG itself, the first agenda could evolve
around:
* identifying strong science cases for next generation instruments and
  interferometers; the science cases will drive the discussions on other
  topics like
* working out concrete near-term options for future instruments like 3rd
  generation VLTI instruments,
* discussing how to improve the sensitivity and imaging capabilities of
  existing and future interferometers,
* benefit and costs of going to optical wavelengths and to space-interferometry,
* future small-to-intermediate scale missions like dedicated arrays (e.g. such
  as a few small telescopes, but very long baselines for measuring extremely
  small size scales),
* developing important technologies for future large scale missions,
* what can be learnt from the recent NASA decadal survey and from other planned
  projects defining the future of observational astronomy (like ELTs, SKA,
  survey missions, etc.) to set the best goals for the interferometry community,
* critically investigating the success of current operation models of community
  access interferometers (do we get the most out of them?).

If you have particular opinions along these lines, or a specific instrument
that you would like to build or to be built, the FIE WG and its connection to
EII is the forum to explore the community wide interest and support for such an
activity.

We look forward to self- and third-party nominations. A personal time investment
is expected on the order of 1-2 weeks per year full time. Some funds will be
made available from EII for the organization of ad hoc meetings.

While the FIE WG members will be affiliated to a European astronomical research
institution outside of observatories, we also plan Associate memberships to
bring to the FIE WG expertise from observatories like ESO or CHARA, running an
interferometer, and from non-Europe-based scientists.

At this stage, everyone interested should send us a short reply with a few lines
describing why you want to be a member, what your expertise / history is in the
field, and what your goal for the FIE WG membership would be.

Proposals for membership are due September 28, 2012. Results of the selection
will be announced in October 2012. Additional information on this announcement
may be obtained from Dr. Jörg-Uwe Pott ( jpott @ mpia.de ) and
Prof. Jean Surdej ( JSurdej @ ulg.ac.be ).

					Thank you!
					Jörg-Uwe and Jean

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5. IAU Symposium 299: "Exploring the Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems"

Please find below a summary of the first announcement.

IAU Symposium 299: Exploring the Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems
2-7 June 2013
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The symposium is co-organized by the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy &
Astrophysics and the National Research Council of Canada. The goal of this
meeting is to bring together the communities studying the formation of planets
in protoplanetary discs and those who study evolved exoplanet systems. 


The meeting will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre, British Columbia,
on Canada's Pacific coast. 

Pre-Registration
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Registration will open on 1 September 2012, but those interested in attending
the meeting are welcome to submit their names to our pre-registration list. 
There will be a hard limit of 200 attendees for the symposium. To pre-register
and be placed on the mailing list, just send an email indicating your interest
to the conference email: iaus-299 @ di.utoronto.ca

Key Dates
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1 Sept 2012: Early Registration Opens
7 Dec 2012: Deadline for Early Registration
7 Dec 2012: Deadline for Application for IAU Support Grants
31 March 2013: Deadline for Registration
31 March 2013: Deadline for Abstract Submission
2 June 2013: Evening Reception/Symposium Begins
3-7 June 2013: Conference

More Information
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WWW: http://www.iaus299.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/376085279113847/
Email: iaus-299 @ di.utoronto.ca

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6. Members' fees payment reminder

Dear members,

Just a reminder to pay your yearly EAS membership fee, if you have not done so
already. If you are not sure whether you have paid or not, please contact the
EAS secretariat ( eas @ unige.ch ) to know the status of your payment.
The deadline for payment is 15th of October 2012.

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7. Upcoming Summer/Winter Schools

Please note the following upcoming Summer/Winter Astronomy schools.
For a complete list, see: http://eas.unige.ch/schools.jsp

- Computational Astrophysics - Physical Foundations & Numerical Techniques,
  University of Heidelberg, Germany, 10 - 14 September 2012
  http://www.mpia.de/imprs-hd/SummerSchools/2012/

- Gravitational Lenses, their impact in the study of galaxies and cosmology,
  Institut d'Études Scientifiques de Cargèse, Corsica, France,
  17 - 22 September 2012
  http://www.cpt.univ-mrs.fr/~cosmo/EC2012/EcoleLuminy12_a.html

- Fluid Mechanics and Magnetohydrodynamics, Turunç-Marmaris, Turkey,
  18 - 29 September 2012
  http://www3.kis.uni-freiburg.de/~afm/ITAP_2012/

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