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***                     EAS e-News 2014-05 (29-Jul-2014)                     ***
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EAS News:

1. Call for nominations for the 2015 MERAC Prizes for Early Career Researchers

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

Contributed News:

3. The GraWIToN project: an EU Training Network

4. Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize 2014

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1. Call for nominations for the 2015 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 € 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 2015. This being an odd year, the three prizes will be
Best Early Career Researcher Prizes. The three Prizes will be awarded to the
best Early Career astrophysicists who have achieved their PhD degrees in the
previous 10 years, i.e. after January 1st, 2005.

The deadline for nomination is Tuesday, 30 September 2014 at 16:00 CEST.

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

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2. Reminder: 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, 1st August 2014.

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3. The GraWIToN project: an EU Training Network

The GraWIToN project is an Initial Training Network, funded by
the European Commission within the Framework Programme 7, aiming to the training
of 13 PhD students in the Gravitational Wave research field.

The list of positions still open is available at:
	http://www.grawiton-gw.eu/index.php/jobopportunities

For more information, contact Michele Punturo ( michele.punturo @ pg.infn.it )

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4. Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize 2014

The International Steering Committee has named the winners of the Viktor
Ambartsumian International Prize 2014. The Prize goes to Felix Aharonian
for "outstanding contributions to the field of high energy astrophysics and to
the physics of cosmic accelerators, and leading role in the development of the
stereoscopic system of Cherenkov telescopes" and jointly to Igor Karachentsev
and to Brent Tully for "their fundamental contribution in the cosmology
of the Local Universe".

Please see the official press release.

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