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EAS News:

1. Latest News on EWASS 2014, Geneva, 30 June - 4 July 2014

2. Call for Expressions of Interest to organise Symposia and
   Special Sessions at EWASS 2015, Tenerife, 22 - 26 June 2015

3. EAS Newsletter No. 46

Contributed News:

4. ASTRONET Special Meeting at EWASS 2014: Astronomy Towards 2025 and the
   Decades Beyond

5. The PhD Tree Project

6. XXVI IAC Winter School of Astrophysics on "Bayesian Astrophysics"
   November 3-14, 2014, Tenerife, Spain

7. EuroScientist special ESOF 2014 issue

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1. Latest News on EWASS 2014, Geneva, 30 June - 4 July 2014

The preparation of EWASS 2014 is progressing at full speed at two weeks from
the opening of the conference. EWASS 2014 will welcome over 500 participants
in Geneva offering them a very rich programme with 10 symposia, 4 special
sessions, and 3 special meetings all ran in parallel. The plenary sessions in
the mornings host the 5 EAS Prize lectures, 7 additional plenary talks and the
ESA and ESO reports. The conference dinner will be served on a boat cruising
on the Lake of Geneva. Guided visits of CERN and Geneva complement the social
program.

The latest addition is a unique conference "From Mars to the Multiverse" by
Lord Martin Rees on Thursday evening for the Diplomatic Club of Geneva, but open
to EWASS participants. We are also setting up a "Student Drink" on Thursday
late afternoon to allow PhD students to meet each other and exchange their
experience.

EAS Council is looking forward meeting many of you at the EAS General Assembly.

More info on the EWASS 2014 website: http://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2014/

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2. Call for Expressions of Interest to organise Symposia and
   Special Sessions at EWASS 2015, Tenerife, 22 - 26 June 2015

The preparation of the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS 2015)
to be held in La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain on 22-26 June 2015 has
started and the website is already set-upped at:
	http://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2015/

The meeting will be organised at the University of La Laguna's Guajara Campus
by the European Astronomical Society (EAS), in collaboration with the Spanish
Astronomical Society (SEA), the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, and the
Universidad de La Laguna.

We now invite 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
	which normally consist of up to 6 blocks of 1.5 hours, stretching over
	2 days, although exceptionally and in well-justified cases these symposia
	can be slightly longer,

(B) Special Sessions
	consisting of up to 3 blocks of 1.5 hours on the same day.

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 and possible speakers
	7. Whether or not you plan to accept posters

Organisers of EWASS sessions are benefitting from the logistic support of the
EWASS conference including the disposal of the venue room, registration
handling, the portal for abstract submission and reviewing, and the hosting of
a web page on the EWASS website. Organisers should not count on additional
support from EWASS for attending the conference, neither for themselves nor for
their invited speakers.

Note that the IAU has already selected the Symposia and Focus Meetings for the
IAU General Assembly in Hawaii, in August 2015, see:
	http://www.iau.org/science/meetings/future/

Proposals should be sent to the SOC Chairs:
Cathie Clarke < cclarke @ ast.cam.ac.uk > and Johan Knapen < jhk @ iac.es >,
for review by the SOC.

Applicants will be notified in September about the outcome of the selection.
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, 1 August 2014.

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3. EAS Newsletter No. 46

The EAS Newsletter of June is being printed, and shall soon be sent to EAS
members.
You can already have a preview at:
	http://eas.unige.ch/newsletter.jsp

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4. ASTRONET Special Meeting at EWASS 2014: Astronomy Towards 2025 and the
   Decades Beyond

The ASTRONET Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap (2007, 2008) remain the
basis for the joint investment plans of the European funding agencies for
astronomy in the ~15-year period until 2025: Around that time, the new
generation of giant optical and radio facilities on the ground will match the
new opportunities in space. A mid-term update of these documents is now timely,
taking recent developments into account, and a first discussion was held at
EWASS 2013. The complete draft is now ready for review by the European community
before final publication.

The ASTRONET afternoon session at EWASS 2014, on Wednesday, July 2, is your
opportunity to learn what is ongoing and planned in European and global
astronomy until ~2020. You will also hear what plans ASTRONET is already
preparing to meet the challenges of the future beyond 2025, when the landscape
of astronomical facilities and their users will be radically different from
today. A few invited reviews will highlight these perspectives, followed by an
extended panel discussion between the audience and representatives of the key
players in astronomy beyond 2025: Your input is appreciated and will be
collected after the session to inform the Roadmap update.

So come join us on the afternoon of July 2! The programme and speaker abstracts
are here: 
	http://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2014/session_display.jsp?id=SM1
The draft Roadmap update will become available in early June - see the web
page above.

Denis Mourard
ASTRONET Coordinator

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5. The PhD Tree Project

PhDTree is a Wiki project to document the academic family tree of PhDs
worldwide, both past and present. The goal is to build the most comprehensive
academic genealogy Wiki for every disciplines.

phdtree.org is a crowd-sourced wiki website: anyone can create new profiles or
edit existing profiles. Read the FAQ first if you have any questions using the
Wiki.

Please visit: http://phdtree.org/

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6. XXVI IAC Winter School of Astrophysics on "Bayesian Astrophysics"
   November 3-14, 2014, Tenerife, Spain

The Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics, organised by the 
Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), focuses this year on the 
application of Bayesian methods to inference in Astrophysics. The WS 
welcomes a maximum of 50 PhD students and young Post-Docs, and provides 
a unique opportunity for the participants to broaden their knowledge in 
this field of Astrophysics.

Further information on the School can be found on the website: 
	http://www.iac.es/winterschool/2014/

Deadlines:

June 15th, 2014 Deadline for both the Registration and Applications.
July 1st, 2014 Selected candidates will be informed.

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7. EuroScientist special ESOF 2014 issue

In this special issue of the EuroScientist, we have selected a series of themes
from the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF 2014) event that we wish to bring to your
attention. These are key issues where renewed discussions are essential to
further the debate. We would also like to invite you to comments directly below
each article and get the debate going in the running up to the event to be held
in Copenhagen, 21-26 June 2014.

To read this issue, please visit: http://euroscientist.com/esof2014/

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