EAS Council


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 five other members. Members of Council will serve for a period of four years, according to the schedule of the By-laws. If one of the five officers cannot serve out the normal term, Council may temporarily appoint someone to fill the vacancy until the next election.

All members of Council are elected by the members of the Society. Details from the By-laws:

  1. Members of Council will serve for a period of four years with half of the Council rotating off every two years. The President, one Vice-President, the Treasurer and two Councillors will rotate off together; the other Vice-President, the Secretary and the other three Councillors will rotate off two years later.
  2. Council will notify, by e-mail, the Ordinary Members and the Affiliated Societies, of the posts on the Council that will become vacant, no later than ten months before the vacancies normally arise. Ordinary Members may nominate candidates, provided such candidates have indicated in writing that they are willing to serve if elected. Nominations need to arrive, by email, to Council no later than two months after receiving the notification of the vacant posts. Council will then appoint a Nominating Committee tasked to prepare a balanced slate of candidates, which will include more candidates than the number of vacant posts. The proposed slate will then be sent to all Ordinary Members by email. Ordinary Members may vote for the number of candidates needed to fill all the vacant posts or fewer, but not more. The candidates having received the largest number of votes, by a count of the ballots received within two months from the date on which the ballots were e- mailed, will be considered to have been elected.


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; Oversee EU Special Representative.
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; Diversity and Constellations Working Groups
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: Membership Committee; Liaison with Affiliated Societies; Liaison with African Society; Liaison with Sustainability Working Group; support to E-ROAD
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
Georges Meylan (Switzerland) — Councillor (since 2016)
Responsibility: Chair EAS Prize Committees (Tycho Brahe Medal, and MERAC and Zwicky prizes); Oversee nomination of the Lodewijk Woltjer Lecturer and Inspiration Prize
Maarten Baes (Belgium) — Councillor (Councillor since 2017, Editor since 2016)
Responsibility: Newsletter Editor
Agata Różańska (Poland) — Councillor (Councillor since 2020)
Responsibility: Newsletter Deputy Editor; EAS Annual Meeting Board; Social media presence
Antoaneta Antonova (Bulgaria) — Councillor (Councillor since 2020)
Responsibility: Issues on education; Liaison with Sustainability Working Group; Liaison with Diversity & Inclusion Working Group

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


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