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1. General Information for EWASS 2013 in Turku, Finland, 8-13 July 2013

2. Reminder on the Call for Expressions of Interest to organise Symposia and
   Special Sessions at EWASS 2014 to be held in Geneva, 30 June - 4 July 2014

3. Call for nominations for the 2014 MERAC Prizes for the Best Doctoral Theses

4. News on the petition 'No-Cuts-On-Research.EU' from the Initiative for Science
   in Europe (ISE)

5. Call for "Letters of Interest" in electromagnetic identification and
   follow-up of gravitational wave triggers

6. Conference announcement: "Exoplanets and brown dwarfs: mind the gap"
   University of Hertfordshire (UK), 2-5 September 2013

7. Announcement of the SFO - Solar System Formation and Observation Conference
   to be held in Bern, Switzerland, 21-23 October 2013

8. Announcement of Opportunity: The James Clerk Maxwell Telescope

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1. General Information for EWASS 2013 in Turku, Finland, 8-13 July 2013

EWASS 2013, the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, will take place
next week in Turku, from the 8 to the 13th of July, 2013. It will host 7 plenary
talks, 12 Symposia, and 14 Special Sessions on various aspects of modern
astronomy. To date, about 600 participants have registered.

The conference web page is available at:

        http://www.astro.utu.fi/EWASS2013/

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2. Reminder on the Call for Expressions of Interest to organise Symposia and
   Special Sessions at EWASS 2014 to be held in Geneva, 30 June - 4 July 2014

The European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS 2014) will take place
in Geneva, Switzerland, from 30 June to 4 July 2014. The meeting will be
organised by the EAS at the International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG).

The conference poster is available at:
		http://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2014/

We call for proposals from colleagues who are interested in organising a
Symposium or a Special Session.

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 of the order 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
     
     6. Possible review talks (by whom ?)
     
     7. Whether or not you plan to accept posters

Proposals should be sent to the SOC Chair: Andreas Burkert ( burkert @ usm.lmu.de )
and to his assistant: Nicola Auer ( nrauer @ t-online.de )
with copy to the LOC Chair: Marc Türler ( marc.turler @ unige.ch )
for review by the SOC.

Applicants will be notified in September about the outcome of the selection
process.

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

The deadline for submitting Expressions of Interest is: Friday, 19 July 2013.

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3. Call for nominations for the 2014 MERAC Prizes for the Best Doctoral Theses

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 € 20'000.- are
for each of the three categories:
	- Theoretical Astrophysics,
	- Observational Astrophysics,
	- New Technologies (Instrumental/Computational).

The EAS Council invites EAS members to nominate suitable candidates for the
MERAC Prizes of 2014. This being an even year, the three prizes will be
Best Doctoral Thesis Prizes. The Prizes will be awarded for the best
PhD Theses in Astrophysics for degrees awarded during the period June
2010 — July 2013.

The deadline for nomination is Monday, September 30, 2013 at 16:00 CEST.

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

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4. News on the petition 'No-Cuts-On-Research.EU' from the Initiative for Science
   in Europe (ISE)

The 'No-Cuts-On-Research.EU' petition collected over 153'000 signatories, this
has been the largest petition on a science cause so far in Europe if not
worldwide. The list of signatures was handed over to the three EU presidents
and the French president. 

Read more at:
	http://www.no-cuts-on-research.eu/news/what_happened.pdf

Yo sign up for their newsletter, see:
	http://www.no-cuts-on-research.eu/news/nl_sign_up.html

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5. Call for "Letters of Interest" in electromagnetic identification and
   follow-up of gravitational wave triggers

The joint LSC and Virgo EM follow-up committee are requesting "Letters of
Interest" from professional astronomers interested in the identification of
electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave triggers found in the
future science runs of LIGO and Virgo Advanced detectors, which will start in
2015.

More details can be found in the document:
	https://dcc.ligo.org/LIGO-M1300324/public

and here:
	http://www.ligo.org/science/GWEMalerts.php

Letters of Interest need to be submitted before July 26 per e-mail to:
	emf @ ligo.org

Those who will submit a Letter of Interest will be expected to attend one
of the meetings that will be held in Amsterdam (August 29/30) or Chicago
(September 10/11); details on these meetings will be posted on the web site.

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6. Conference announcement: "Exoplanets and brown dwarfs: mind the gap"
   University of Hertfordshire (UK), 2-5 September 2013

We are pleased to announce that registration is open for "Exoplanets and brown
dwarfs: mind the gap", to be held at the University of Hertfordshire on 2-5
September 2013.

This year represents a milestone of sorts as the 18th anniversary of the first
discoveries of both planets around Sun-like stars and brown dwarfs. The last
18 years have seen the study of these fascinating objects flourish into
diverse and exciting astronomical fields. However, as these scientific
siblings reach adulthood, there is a danger of missed opportunities as they
drift apart.

The aim of this meeting is to bring the exoplanet and brown dwarf communities
together to explore common science questions, share exciting results, and
foster collaboration to overcome shared challenges.

Please see our webpage at:
	http://star.herts.ac.uk/mindthegap/

for outline session headings, details of our (medieval) conference banquet at
historic Hatfield House, and for registration.

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7. Announcement of the SFO - Solar System Formation and Observation Conference
   to be held in Bern, Switzerland, 21-23 October 2013

The SFO - Solar System Formation and Observation Conference is a project 
mainly organized by a group of PhD students at the Space Research and
Planetary Sciences department of the University of Bern. The project received
financial support from the International Space Science Institute (ISSI), where
the event will take place.

With this conference, we would like to address PhD students, their supervisors
as well as junior and senior scientists. Our goal, especially concerning the
younger researchers, is for the participants to obtain a chance to present
their work to other scientists, and in turn learn what other scientists in
their research field are working on. We expect that the participants will be
mainly from the field of space science and related fields, like for example
astrobiology, cosmochemistry, astronomy or space instrumentation.

We would like to encourage PhD students and young researchers to register and
submit abstracts to use this chance of presenting their work on a small
conference with a mixed audience, where direct  feedback and lively discussions
are more likely.

Information about the program, venue, registration and abstract submission,
chair persons and contact can be found on:

	http://www.sfo.unibe.ch/

The abstract submission deadline is the 26th of July, 2013.

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8. Announcement of Opportunity: The James Clerk Maxwell Telescope

The James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) is one of the world's leading
astronomical observatories. For more than 25 years it has served the UK and
international communities with unique and forefront capabilities that have
blazed the trail in submillimetre astronomy, consistently leading the world in
productivity and impact. 
  
The observatory, its instrumentation and its support equipment are  being
offered to the global astronomical community through this Announcement of
Opportunity. Please download the  Prospectus detailing this call at:

	http://www.jach.hawaii.edu/JCMT/announce/JCMT_AO/index.html

We encourage anyone who is interested in participating in the JCMT beyond 1st
October 2014 to review this Prospectus and submit an Expression of Interest.
Details of the facilities being made available and the process for registering
your interest are all described in the prospectus.

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