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***                     EAS e-News 2015-04 (03-12-2015)                      ***
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EAS News:

1. EWASS 2016: List of selected Symposia and Special Sessions

2. Membership fees 2016

Contributed News:

3. Conference announcement: "Water in the Universe - from clouds to oceans"
   ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 12-15 April 2016 

4. Conference announcement: "Formation and evolution of galaxy outskirts"
   IAU Symposium 321, Toledo, Spain, 14-18 March 2016

5. Conference announcement: "Active Galactic Nuclei: What's in a name?"
   ESO, Garching bei München, Germany, 27 June - 1 July, 2016

6. School announcement: "ASTERICS Virtual Observatory School"
   Centro de Astrobiología, Campus ESAC Madrid, Spain, 15-17 December 2015


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1. EWASS 2016: List of selected Symposia and Special Sessions

The Scientific Organising Committee of the European Week of Astronomy and Space
Science (EWASS) selected for 2016 a series of 17 Symposia and 12 Special
Sessions. They will be held in up to 10 parallel sessions per day during this
large European conference to be held in Athens, Greece, on 4-8 July 2016.

The full list of selected sessions is posted on the EWASS 2016 website at:
	http://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2016/program.jsp
For many of them, a dedicated page with additional information is already
available.

The opening of registration and abstract submission is expected for 15 December
2015.

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2. Membership fees 2016

You should have received by now the annual EAS letter to invite you to pay your
EAS membership fee by 31st March 2016. The status of your fee payment is
available on-line on the EAS site upon logging in at:
	http://eas.unige.ch/members.jsp?tab=payment
From there, you can proceed - using the secure on-line system - with the payment
of your 2016 fee, and any still pending fee for 2015.

Many thanks for your continuous support to the society! The numerous activities
of the EAS would not be possible without the essential income from the
membership fees.

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3. Conference announcement: "Water in the Universe - from clouds to oceans"
    ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 12-15 April 2016 

Important date: Abstract submission deadline 11 December 2015

The conference will cover all astrophysical aspects of water, including 
the water trail, from the formation of water in molecular clouds to 
water on planetary bodies, including in our own solar system; water as a 
probe of physics and and chemistry; and water in nearby to water in 
extra-galactic and high redshift sources.

The objective of the meeting is to bring together astronomers interested 
in all astrophysical aspects of water, and aims to facilitate 
cross-fertilization between researchers with different observational, 
experimental, and theoretical backgrounds.

More information at: http://www.congrexprojects.com/2016-events/16A06

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4. Conference announcement: "Formation and evolution of galaxy outskirts"
   IAU Symposium 321, Toledo, Spain, 14-18 March 2016

This symposium aims to provide the reference for the study of the 
outskirts of galaxies, both in terms of our current understanding and to 
prepare an optimal exploitation of upcoming facilities. The stellar, 
dust and gas content of galaxy outskirts will be discussed, going from 
resolved stellar populations in the Local Group to the study of 
high-redshift systems. Such a broad approach is needed to improve our 
knowledge on the assembly and evolution of these elusive regions and to 
establish their role on the evolution of galaxies as a whole and on 
their interplay between these galaxies and the intergalactic medium 
surrounding them.

The most important deadlines of the symposium are the following:

  - Registration deadline if financial support is requested is Dec. 1st 2015
  - No registration will be accepted after December 18th 2015
  - Oral contributions will be communicated on January 1st 2016
  - The registration fee is 300 € (proceedings & symposium dinner included)
  - All payments are due February 1st 2016

More information at: http://galaxyoutskirts.org

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5. Conference announcement: "Active Galactic Nuclei: What's in a name?"
   ESO, Garching bei München, Germany, 27 June - 1 July, 2016

Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) are being discovered in ever-larger numbers over
the whole electromagnetic spectrum. Different bands employ different methods to
identify these sources but, most importantly, provide different windows on AGN
physics. The infrared band is mostly sensitive to obscuring material and dust,
the optical/UV band is related to emission from the accretion disk, while the
X-ray band traces the emission of a (putative) corona. γ-ray and (high
flux density) radio samples, on the other hand, preferentially select AGN
emitting strong non-thermal radiation. This has led to a proliferation of
classes, which outsiders (but insiders as well!) find mesmerizing. The main goal
of the Workshop is to paint the AGN "big picture", which comes out of these
multi-wavelength surveys, and understand the truly intrinsic and fundamental
properties of AGN and the physics behind them. 

Review speakers: Vernesa Smolcic, Roberto Assef, Gordon Richards,
Dave Alexander, Paolo Giommi, Barbara De Marco, and Phil Hopkins.

SOC: Paolo Padovani (chair), Evanthia Hatziminaoglou, Ryan Hickox, Lisa Kewley,
Vincenzo Mainieri, Mara Salvato, John Silverman, Sylvain Veilleux

More information at: http://www.eso.org/sci/meetings/2016/AGN2016

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6. School announcement: "ASTERICS Virtual Observatory School"
   Centro de Astrobiología, Campus ESAC Madrid, Spain, 15-17 December 2015

The ASTERICS (http://asterics2020.eu/) project is organising a VO School
at Centro de Astrobiología, Madrid, Spain.

The Virtual Observatory (VO) is opening up new ways of exploiting the
huge amount of data provided by the ever-growing number of ground-based
and space facilities, as well as by computer simulations. The goal of
the School is twofold: Expose European astronomers and representatives
of the ESFRI project involved in ASTERICS to the variety of VO tools and
services available today so that they can use them efficiently for their
own research and gather requirement and feedback from them.

To achieve these goals, VO experts will lecture and tutor the
participants on the usage of VO tools and services. Real life examples
of scientific applications will be given. A large fraction of the time
will be dedicated to hands-on exercises, which will allow participants
to become fully familiar with the VO capabilities on their own laptops.

In order to ensure the right level of interaction, participation will be
restricted to a limited number of participants (45). Preference will be
given to PhD students and post-docs.

More information at:
	https://www.astron.nl/asterics/doku.php?id=open:wp4:school1

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