EAS Council

About

The Council is the governing body of the Society and it manages, directs, and controls the affairs and property of the Society within the limits of the By-Laws.

The Council shall consist of the five officers of the Society: the President, two Vice-Presidents, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and of seven other members (since 2022). Members of Council will serve for a period of four years, according to the schedule of the By-Laws. If one of the Council members cannot serve out the normal term, Council may temporarily appoint someone to fill the vacancy until the next election.

Members of Council are elected by the members of the Society. Details are in the By-Laws.

Members

Roger Davies (UK) — President (since 2017, Vice-President 2012-2017)
Responsibility: Chair Council meetings, Business meetings with the Affiliated Societies, and the annual General Assembly; Link to the University of Geneva and EAS Office; Liaison with IAU, AAS, AfAS
Roger Davies is the Philip Wetton Professor and Head of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford and President of the Royal Astronomical Society 2010-12. He grew up in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire attending the John Leggott School going on to read Physics at University College London. He started research working on galaxy dynamics in Cambridge in the 1970s after which he moved to California before spending 6 years on the staff of the US National Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. As part of the "7 Samurai" team he worked out a new way of measuring the distances to galaxies and discovered the "Great Attractor", a huge concentration of galaxy clusters in the southern sky. He moved to Oxford in 1988 to lead the UK's participation in the construction of the 8m Gemini telescopes, in Hawaii and Chile. In 1994 he took up the post of Professor of Astronomy at Durham University returning to Oxford in 2002 where he was Chairman of the Physics Department from 2005-10. His research interests centre on cosmology and how galaxies form and evolve. He has a longstanding interest in astronomical instruments & telescopes. In recent years he has pioneered the use of a new class of astronomical spectrograph to measure the masses and ages of galaxies, as well as search for black holes in their nuclei.
Sara Lucatello (Italy) — Vice-President (since 2018)
Responsibility: EAS Annual Meeting Board; Liaison with ASTRONET; Satellite Constellations Working Group; Diversity & Inclusion and Advisory Committee; Link to COPUOUS; Social media presence
Lex Kaper (The Netherlands) — Vice-President (since 2020; Councillor 2016-2020)
Responsibility: Chairman of EAS Annual Meeting board
Inma Dominguez (Spain) — Secretary (since 2020; Councillor 2019-2020)
Responsibility: Liaison with Affiliated Societies; Liaison with African Astronomical Society; European Parliament
Nick Kylafis (Greece) — Treasurer (since 2019, Councillor 2018-2019)
Responsibility: Finances, incl. EAS annual meetings; Recruitment of Organisational members
Andreas Burkert (Germany) — Councillor (since 2018)
Responsibility: European Regional Office of Astronomy for Development; Overseeing of issues on education; Link to Heraeus Foundation
Agata Różańska (Poland) — Councillor (Councillor since 2020)
Responsibility: Newsletter Editor; EAS Annual Meeting Board
Antoaneta Antonova (Bulgaria) — Councillor (Councillor since 2020)
Responsibility: Liaison with Sustainability and Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committees; Deputy Newsletter Editor; EAS representative for the selection of A&A awards
Nabila Aghanim (France) — Councillor (Councillor since 2022)
Responsibility: Chair EAS Prize Committee; Oversee nomination of the Lodewijk Woltjer Lecturer; Link to COPUOUS
Jarle Brinchmann (Portugal) — Councillor (Councillor since 2022)
Responsibility: EAS annual meeting, Liaison with Sustainability Advisory Committee


The EAS Council is helped by the EAS Executive Secretary, Dr Marc Audard, who leads the EAS Office.

Meetings

The EAS Council holds two meetings every year, one at the beginning of the year (in Rolle since 2012) and one during the EAS annual meeting in June/July.

The minutes of the Council meetings are not publicly available, but those of the Business Meetings held by Council with the representatives of the EAS Affiliated Societies are on-line.

A confusion arises due to the former denomination of the Business Meetings as "Council Meetings", until the change specified in article V.1 of the EAS By-laws in 2009.