EAS News
EAS 2020 in Leiden, 29 June - 3 July 2020
List of Symposia and Sessions available online

Preparations for EAS Annual Meeting 2020 in Leiden, the Netherlands, are ongoing. As the coronavirus impacts around Europe, the health and safety of participants at the meeting is our main priority and we are closely monitoring the situation especially for Leiden and the Netherlands in general. At this stage, we aim to hold the EAS 2020 as planned. We will provide further information on the EAS website and the EAS 2020 website should the situation evolve. The organisers have set up an exciting programme with no less than 16 Symposia, 35 Special Sessions, 14 Lunch Sessions, and 8 Plenary Talks. The scientific programme, as well as all the details concerning travel information, social events, etc., can be checked online at the EAS 2020 website. We look forward to seeing you all in Leiden in June.

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EAS 2021 in Valencia, 28 June - 2 July 2021
Call for proposals for Symposia and Special Sessions in summer

The 2021 EAS Annual Meeting, formerly known as EWASS, will be held in Valencia, Spain, from 28 June to 2 July 2021. Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain, and well connected to all major European cities. The venue is the Valencia Conference Centre, chosen in 2018 as the World's Best Convention Centre by the International Association of Conference Centres. About 1200 participants are expected to attend the Annual Meeting of the European Astronomical Society. The call for proposals to organise a Symposium or a Special Session is expected in summer.

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EAS 2022 and 2023: hosts invited
Bidding procedure will be started later this year

The EAS Annual Meeting is organised annually by the European Astronomical Society in collaboration with a local Hosting Committee and with the support of a professional conference organiser. The bidding procedure for hosting the EAS Annual Meetings for 2022 and 2023 meeting will be started later this year. Interested parties are invited to contact the EAS Office for further information.

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News from the EAS Office
Renewal of EAS-UNIGE partnership, retirement of Martine Logossou

The European Astronomical Society (EAS) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) have renewed their partnership to host the EAS Office. A new agreement was reached last year for the period 2020-2024. The University of Geneva is recognized as Organisational Member, Patron level for this financial and logistic support. The EAS provides a yearly contribution to the University of Geneva to cover the effective costs of an Executive Secretary, an Office secretary, and a Financial Officer. Read more

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Awardees of the 2020 EAS Prizes announced
Tycho Brahe Medal, Lodewijk Woltjer Lecture, Fritz Zwicky Prize, MERAC Prizes

Each year the European Astronomical Society awards a number of prizes to astronomers who have made a remarkable contribution. The six awardees of the 2020 EAS Prizes have been announced in March 2020 via an EAS press release. They will all receive their prize and give a plenary lecture at the EAS 2020 meeting in Leiden. Read more

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The 2021 EAS Prizes
Nominations from the entire membership are encouraged, and especially those from underrepresented groups

It is already time to think ahead about the 2021 EAS Prizes. The formal call for nominations for the 2021 Tycho Brahe Medal and MERAC Prizes will be announced later this year, with a deadline on 31 October 2020. In order to maximise both the number and excellence of the candidates, we ask the EAS membership to start considering suitable nominations. Nominations of candidates from groups that were underrepresented in the recent past, in particular female astronomers and astronomers from Eastern European institutes, are particularly encouraged. Read more

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New EAS Working Group on Sustainability
Deadline for membership applications 30 April 2020

Sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. In accordance with its commitment to a sustainable development of European astronomy, the EAS is establishing a new Working Group on Sustainability. The WG's charge is to investigate and communicate on sustainability issues related to astronomy and astrophysics. Relevant issues include, among others, the organisation of international meetings and the energy consumption of observatories and supercomputer facilities. Read more

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EAS Working Group on Inclusion started operations
Join the public mailing list to remain updated

The EAS Working Group on Inclusion was formed in mid 2019 with the charge of monitoring inclusion and diversity activities in astronomy in Europe (including those undertaken by affiliated societies), recommending to the Council new policies or practices with regard to increasing inclusiveness, and assisting in the implementation of these new activities where necessary. The co-chairs of this WG are Helen Jermak (LJMU, UK) and Jake Noel-Storr (RUG, NL), and the other members are Marco Gullieuszik (INAF, IT), Sheila Kanani (RAS, UK), Johan Knapen (IAC, ES), Gina Maffey (JIVE, NL), Coralie Neider (Meudon, FR), and Amelia Ortiz-Gil (U Valencia, ES). Sara Lucatello is the EAS Council liaison. Read more

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Lodewijk Woltjer, 1930-2019
Report on the Lo Woltjer memorial ceremony in Nice

On 25 August 2019, the European astronomical community lost one of his most influential figures: Lodewijk Woltjer passed away in Geneva, after a few years of declining health, tragically aggravated by the sudden loss, on 1 March 2019, of his dear wife Ulla Demierre-Woltjer. On 5 October 2019, some of his friends organised a memorial ceremony in the beautiful city of Nice that was attended by family members, friends, and colleagues. The ashes of both Lo and Ulla were dispersed afterwards in the Mediterranean Sea. Read more

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EAS concerns on satellite constellations
Dedicated session planned at the EAS 2020 meeting

The ongoing exponential growth of networks of low Earth orbiting satellites, known as satellite constellations, is raising concerns across the astronomical community. As a society that promotes and advances astronomy in Europe, EAS is aware and concerned about the possible negative impact that they could have on astronomy. We are holding a dedicated session (LS14 on 1 July 2020) to discuss the satellite constellations issue at the EAS 2020 Annual Meeting in Leiden. EAS is also putting together a Working Group to coordinate efforts at the European level and liaise with the IAU, AAS and UNOOSA on this issue.

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IA-FORTH: a new EAS Organisational Member
Institute of Astrophysics of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas

The Institute of Astrophysics of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (IA-FORTH) was founded on 2 March 2018 and it commenced its operations in 2019. IA-FORTH is located at the island of Crete, Greece, and it was the natural evolution of the very active Astrophysics Group that had already been operating for nearly 30 years within the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser at FORTH and the Department of Physics of the University of Crete. IA-FORTH became a new Organisational Member, Affiliate level, of the EAS in 2020. Read more

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The European Astronomical Society (EAS) is a society of professional astronomers founded in 1990 and aiming at promoting and advancing astronomy in Europe. Its contact point is the EAS Office, located at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

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Composition of the EAS Council

Roger Davies, UK
Sofia Feltzing, Sweden
Sara Lucatello, Italy
Emmanouil Angelakis, Germany
Nick Kylafis, Greece
Lex Kaper, The Netherlands
Georges Meylan, Switzerland
Inma Domínguez, Spain
Andreas Burkert, Germany
Maarten Baes, Belgium