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EAS News:

1. EWASS 2016: Already more than 300 registered participants

Contributed News:

2. Announcement from the Australian Astronomical Observatory on SAMI

3. Conference announcement: The first science conference on the XIPE mission
   Valencia, Spain, 24-26 May 2016 

4. Conference announcement: XMM-Newton: The Next Decade
   Madrid, Spain 9-11 May 2016

5. Conference announcement: Astro Fluid 2016: An international conference to
   honor Professor Jean-Paul Zahn's career, IAP, Paris, France, 27-30 June 2016

6. Call for proposals for International time on the telescopes at the Roque
   de los Muchachos and Teide Observatories

7. Announcement of opportunity for new science ideas in ESA's science programme


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1. EWASS 2016: Already more than 300 registered participants

The European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) is creating a lot of
interest in the community. With about 300 participants who benefitted from
the very-early registration fee, the week of 4-8 July 2016 promises to be well
attended in Athens, Greece. The scientific organisers of the 17 Symposia and
12 Special Sessions are looking forward to receiving your abstract within
two weeks, by following the link at:
	http://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2016/abstract_submission.jsp
Deadline: 15 March 2016

Please note that EAS members benefit from reduced fees at EWASS 2016 and can
also apply to benefit from EAS/Springer Grants, which are dedicated to PhD
students and postdocs who have a contributed or invited talk:
	http://eas.unige.ch/ewass.jsp?tab=grant

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2. Announcement from the Australian Astronomical Observatory on SAMI

The AAO is pleased to announce that SAMI will be available for general use at
the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAT) from semester 2016A.

SAMI is the Sydney-AAO Multi-object Integral-field unit (IFU) for the AAOmega
spectrograph. SAMI provides 13 IFUs, each with a field of view of 15 arcseconds
sampled with 61 1.6-arcsecond fibres. These IFUs can be deployed over a 1-degree
field of view. Fibres feed light from SAMI to the AAOmega spectrograph.

For details of the current call for proposals for the AAT, see:
	http://www.aao.gov.au/science/observing/apply-for-observing-time
/!\ DEADLINE: 2nd of March 2016!

Information about the SAMI instrument can be found here:
	http://www.aao.gov.au/science/instruments/sami

Any enquiries or questions about applying for time on SAMI can be directed
to julia.bryant @ aao.gov.au.

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3. Conference announcement: The first science conference on the XIPE mission
   Valencia, Spain, 24-26 May 2016 

The first science conference dedicated to the X-ray Imaging Polarimetry
Explorer (XIPE) is to be held on May 24-26, 2016 in Valencia, Spain.

Being a candidate for ESA's M4 mission with a launch planned around 2025, XIPE
is currently under phase A study. The mission would open the new observational
window of X-ray polarimetry and combines scientific objectives in astrophysics
and fundamental physics. It covers a large range of X-ray sources to be
observed: neutron stars in various flavors, accreting black holes from stellar
to supermassive, supernovae, galactic and extra-galactic jets, ...
While performing observations of these objects, XIPE is also going to put new
constraints on open questions about strong gravity, quantum electrodynamics in
strong magnetic fields or dark matter candidates.

For more information on the conference please visit the meeting web page at:
	http://www.isdc.unige.ch/xipe/index.php/first-xipe-science-meeting

Organizers are currently establishing the complete list of invited speakers
that will soon be added to the web page. Registration and abstract submission
for contributed talks and posters are now open.

Abstract deadline: Friday, 25 March 2016

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4. Conference announcement: XMM-Newton: The Next Decade
   Madrid, Spain 9-11 May 2016

The recent generation of high energy observatories has enabled unprecedented
progress to be made in our understanding of astrophysics in the X-ray domain.
Current technical evaluations suggest that the XMM-Newton spacecraft and its
scientific instruments may continue to provide first class X-ray observations
well into the next decade. Other X-ray missions are planned to be launched soon,
including Astro-H and e-ROSITA. Coupled with new ground-based developments,
this will open up new exciting opportunities for multi-wavelength and follow-up
observations, to which XMM-Newton is ideally placed to play a major role.

This workshop will summarise the state of our current knowledge derived from
X-ray astrophysics. We will discuss some of the major achievements over the
past years, and identify a set of fundamental questions still to be addressed.
Within this context a primary aim of the workshop will be to define the key
scientific topics which will have the highest scientific importance and impact.
We will seek to identify observing programs of maximum long-term value to the
entire astronomical community. Many of these programs are likely to require
large amounts of observing time on only a few carefully selected targets or sky
areas. We strongly encourage innovative ideas for applications, and the
formation of well organised major collaborations.

Invited Speakers: Monique Arnaud, Massimo Cappi, Anne Decourchelle,
Jelle Kaastra, Ian McHardy, Etienne Pointecouteau, Nanda Rea, Thomas Reiprich,
Juergen Schmitt, Beate Stelzer

Registration is possible until Thursday 14th April 2016 at:
	http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xmm-newton/2016-workshop#registration

Webpage: http://xmmworkshop.esa.int
Email: xmmws2016 @ sciops.esa.int

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5. Conference announcement: Astro Fluid 2016: An international conference to
   honor Professor Jean-Paul Zahn's career, IAP, Paris, France, 27-30 June 2016

Prof. Jean-Paul Zahn's great scientific career and contributions to many fields
of astrophysics will be remembered during an international conference held at
IAP, Paris, France during the last week of June 2016.

Key topics to illustrate his significant scientific contributions will be:
- Tides in planets and stars
- Seismology and Stellar Structure, Evolution and Rotation
- Convection, Magnetism and Dynamo
- Instabilities, turbulence and disks

The conference will have 4 Keynote lectures by
Prof. André Brahic, Prof. André Maeder, Prof. Juri Toomre and
Prof. Ed Spiegel.
and 8 Invited speakers: 
Prof. D. Gough, Prof. H. Spruit, Prof. S. Vauclair,  Dr K. Belkacem,
Dr S. Fromang, Pr. P. Garaud, Dr J. Leconte, Dr A. Strugarek
covering the many topics Jean-Paul Zahn worked on.

The registration and abstract submissions for contributed talks and posters 
will be open on February 5th of 2016. 
The deadline for abstract submission is April 15th.
The programme will be released on April 23rd.
The deadline for requesting travel support is April 30th.

More information at:  http://irfu.cea.fr/Sap/astrofluid2016/ 
contact: Dr A.S. Brun (sacha.brun @ cea.fr) or
Dr S. Mathis (stephane.mathis @ cea.fr)

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6. Call for proposals for International time on the telescopes at the Roque
   de los Muchachos and Teide Observatories

The CCI (International Scientific Committee of the Observatorios de Canarias)
invites proposals for its International Time Programme 2016-2017 on the
night-time telescopes at the Roque de los Muchachos and Teide Observatories.

Full details and the application form are available at:
	http://www.iac.es/eno.php?op1=5&op2=13&lang=en
/!\ DEADLINE: 29th of February!

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7. Announcement of opportunity for new science ideas in ESA's science programme

The ESA Director of Science solicits from the broad scientific community
proposals for the competitive selection of new "Science Ideas", to be
investigated in terms of feasibility and needed technology developments.

Interested parties planning to submit a proposal are required to send a
mandatory Letter of Intent by 9 May and will be invited to attend a briefing
meeting on 8 June (date TBC).

The present Call is open to science ideas in all areas of Space Science. No
limitations to the science goals addressed are imposed on the proposals. 

More information at: http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/new-scientific-ideas

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