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1. Prof. Franco Pacini, R.I.P

2. EAS Colloquium Cargèse, Corsica, 14 - 18 May 2012

3. EWASS2012 to be held in Rome, 1 - 6 July 2012

4. Special Session on the European ELT at EWASS 2012

5. Special Session SpS8 at EWASS 2012 devoted to the Japanese ASTRO-H mission

6. The Second LOFT Science Meeting

7. Items for the EAS Newsletter

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1. Prof. Franco Pacini, R.I.P

EAS Council would like to relay the condolences of the Turkish Astronomical
Society, and join in expressing our sadness upon hearing the news that Prof.
Franco Pacini, founding member of the EAS, has passed away.

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2. EAS Colloquium Cargèse, Corsica, 14 - 18 May 2012

EAS has started yet another initiative, that of sponsoring workshops. EAS
sponsored workshops will be advertised as EAS Colloquia. There is a call for
proposals once a year. Details on these events can be found here:

	http://eas.unige.ch/meetings.jsp?tab=EASColl

The first EAS Colloquium will be held in Cargèse, Corsica, 14 - 18 May 2012,
and forms part of the successful ADA conference series that have been held
since 2001. These meetings are focused on algorithms and information extraction
from astrophysical data sets. The full announcement can be found here:

	http://ada7.cosmostat.org

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3. EWASS2012 to be held in Rome, 1 - 6 July 2012

The European Week of Astronomy and Space Science 2012 (EWASS 2012) organised by
the Italian Astronomical Society (SAIt) on behalf of the European Astronomical
Society (EAS) will take place in Rome, Italy, at the Pontificia Università
Lateranense, during the week of July 1-6, 2012.

EWASS2012 will host 11 plenary talks, 10 Symposia, and 11 Special Sessions on
various aspects of modern astronomy. The conference will address a wide range
of topics in Astronomy and Space Sciences and related technologies, that are of
interest to the European astronomical community. The EAS Council meeting, Tycho
Brahe Prize and Woltjer Lecture will also take place during EWASS 2012.

The conference web page is now available at:

	http://www.ifsi-roma.inaf.it/ewass2012/

You can find there information about the Symposia, Special and Plenary talks.

Early registration is now open, until 11th May.

A limited amount of financial support will be available in order to allow the
participation of in particular Early Career astronomers. This information is
available at the EAS at:

	http://eas.unige.ch/ewass.jsp?tab=grant

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4. Special Session on the European ELT at EWASS 2012

As part of the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS), we are
organising a Special Session on the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).

The E-ELT project aims to construct a 40m class telescope, which will be the
largest optical-infrared telescope in the World. Recently there have been
several key developments in the E-ELT project: the site has been chosen, an
instrumentation plan developed, and the proposal for construction of the E-ELT
was submitted to ESO Council in December 2011. By the time of the EWASS meeting,
the E-ELT project is expected to have entered the construction phase.

This EWASS Special Session will include invited talks on the E-ELT project
status, its science, instrumentation and operations. There will also be
contributed talks covering new ideas for scientific uses of the E-ELT and its
instrumentation, which are continually developing in the community.

Abstracts for contributed talks or posters can now be submitted for this Special
Session via the web site http://www.mporzio.astro.it/ewass_elt/

The deadline for abstract submission is *** March 15th 2012 ***.

Note that registration is handled separately through the main EWASS
web site, http://www.ifsi-roma.inaf.it/ewass2012/

A limited amount of financial support for Early Career astronomers will be
provided through the European Astronomical Society. You can find information at
the following address: http://eas.unige.ch/ewass.jsp?tab=grant

We look forward to seeing many of you in Rome!

Sent on behalf of the organisers : Isobel Hook (INAF-Obs Rome and U. Oxford),
Annalisa Calamida (INAF-Obs Rome), Markus Kissler-Patig (ESO).
This Special Session is sponsored by OPTICON.

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5. Special Session SpS8 at EWASS 2012 devoted to the Japanese ASTRO-H mission

A one-day Special Session SpS8 will be devoted to the Japanese ASTRO-H mission
at the next European Week of Astronomy and Space Science in Rome (EWASS 2012).
ASTRO-H will be launched in 2014 and will carry several revolutionary
instruments, like a focusing-optics hard X-ray imager and the first calorimeter
on an X-ray satellite. Several European countries and ESA are participating in
the ASTRO-H mission, providing a wonderful opportunity for European astronomers.

The special session on July 3rd, 2012 will have the goal of promoting the
mission in the European community and to start preparing European astronomers
for the successful use of ASTRO-H. The meeting will introduce the different
elements of the ASTRO-H mission and instruments, and then focus on the major
scientific advances that are expected from the ASTRO-H mission, in particular
(but not limited to):

   - Galaxy clusters
   - Active galactic nuclei
   - X-ray binaries
   - Supernova remnants
   - Young stars

We invite the community to submit abstracts for contributed talks and posters
until March 30, 2012, on the following web page:
http://www.isdc.unige.ch/astroh/ewass_sps8

All information regarding the EWASS 2012 meeting (registration, accommodation,
venue, ...) can be found on the EWASS 2012 web site:
http://www.ifsi-roma.inaf.it/ewass2012/

More information about the ASTRO-H mission can be found here:
http://astro-h.isas.jaxa.jp

For the SpS8 SOC,
Stéphane Paltani and Marc Audard

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6. The Second LOFT Science Meeting


The LOFT consortium is pleased to announce "The Second LOFT Science Meeting"
to be held in: Toulouse (France), 24-27 September 2012

LOFT, the Large Observatory For X-ray Timing, is one of the four ESA Cosmic
vision mission candidates competing for a launch opportunity at the start of
2020s. LOFT will answer fundamental questions about the motion of matter
orbiting close to the event horizon of a black hole, and the state of matter in
neutron stars.

Following the successful first science meeting, the LOFT Consortium is pleased
to invite the Astrophysics community at large to discover the progresses
achieved in the instruments' design and provide an essential contribution to
finalising of the LOFT Yellow Book. 

Registrations and abstract submissions are open, please find all the relevant
information at the meeting's official web-page:
http://www.isdc.unige.ch/loft/index.php/meetings/second-loft-science-meeting 


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7. Items for the EAS Newsletter

We would like to remind you that the deadline for contributions to the June 2012
EAS Newsletter is April 30th 2012. If you have news that you think is of
interest to the rest of the astronomical community, please feel free to contact
the newsletter editor Prof. V. Charmandaris at: vassilis @ physics.uoc.gr

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