EAS News
EWASS 2018 in Liverpool, 3-6 April 2018
Registration open, full programme available online

EWASS, the annual meeting of the European Astronomical Society, will in 2018 be held as jointly with the National Astronomy Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS). The meeting will take place in Liverpool from 3 to 6 April 2018. The programme consists of 11 Symposia and 31 Special Sessions that cover nearly all fields of astronomy and astrophysics, in addition to several plenary talks, lunch sessions, prize awards, exhibitions, etc. Registration is still open. Note in particular that the deadline for early bird registration is 6 February 2018. All information can be found on the EWASS 2018 website.

EAS News
EWASS 2019 in Lyon, 24-28 June 2019
Call for proposals for Symposia and Special Sessions expected soon

EWASS 2019 will be held in Lyon, France, from 24 to 28 June 2019. The venue is the Manufacture des Tabacs, a former tobacco factory in the centre of Lyon. It is currently a campus of the Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University, and is officially protected as "XXth Century Patrimonium" by the French Ministry of Culture. Up to 1200 participants are expected to attend the annual meeting of the European Astronomical Society. The organisers will soon launch a call for proposals to organise a Symposium or a Special Session on EWASS 2019.

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EWASS 2020 hosts invited
Bidding procedure will be started soon

The EWASS conference has since 2014 been organised by the European Astronomical Society in collaboration with a local EWASS Hosting Committee and with the support of a professional conference organiser. The bidding procedure for hosting the EWASS 2020 meeting will be started soon. Interested parties are invited to contact the EAS Office for further information.

EAS News
Comings and goings at EAS
News from the Geneva Office and from Council

There have been a number of changes to the small team at the University of Geneva that supports the EAS. Additionally, there is important news concerning the responsibilities within the EAS Council. Read more

EAS News
EAS Council election
Voting deadline 18 February 2018

In July 2018, three EAS Council members (Coralie Neiner, Olga Sil'chenko, and Emmanouil Angelakis) will have served their four-years term. Coralie Neiner and Olga Sil'chenko will be leaving Council, whereas Emmanouil Angelakis will become EAS Secretary for the next two years (see Comings and goings at EAS). Three new Council members need to be elected according to the new regulations adopted last year. Read more

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Mike Bode: EAS's Special Representative to the European Union
EAS now a recognised lobbying organisation of the EU

The EAS has had the ambition for many years to represent our subject in Brussels in order to make the collective voice of European astronomy heard at the heart of the European Union. The overall objective is to make policy-makers and politicians fully aware of the importance of astronomy as a key fundamental science with, additionally, many important technological and societal spin-offs. To this end, the Society established a Working Group comprising representatives from several national societies to progress the initiative and to recruit a suitably qualified individual as the EAS's Special Representative to the EU. Read more

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EAS Ethics Statement and Guidelines for Good Practice
Working Group report formally adopted by Council and turned into policy document

EAS Council formally adopted the EAS Ethics Statement and Guidelines for Good Practice during its January 2018 meeting, and this is now an EAS policy document. As announced in the previous e-Newsletter, the EAS Working Group on Ethics produced this report, covering a wide range of ethical, behavioural and professional issues affecting astronomy. After initial discussion by Council, the report was put forward for consultation to the EAS members. Various comments and suggestions were received by the Working Group, and incorporated into the final version, which was formally adopted by Council on 23 January 2018. The document is now available on the EAS website. Read more

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Archive of EAS Newsletters complete
Complete repository available online

The EAS e-Newsletter that you are reading now is designed as the prime communication tool between the Society and its members. Before 2016, EAS communicated with the membership through short e-News and a paper Newsletter. The EAS Office has now finished scanning all 48 paper Newsletters issued between November 1991 and December 2015, and has made them available online. It allows European astronomers to browse through the first 25 years' history of their Society.

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Reminder: renewal of the EAS membership for 2018
Membership fee payment due 31 March 2018

The EAS is a society of professional astronomers. Through your membership you strengthen the voice of European astronomy, support the various EAS activities and enjoy many benefits. The deadline for the payment of the membership fees for 2018 is 31 March 2018. More details can be found here.

Contributed News
From Stars to States
A manifest for science in society by Thierry Courvoisier

Thierry Courvoisier has been the EAS President between 2010 and 2017. During his presidency, he has had many reflections on the relationship between knowledge and society, and the links between science and political decision making. These reflections have now been written down in an essay "From Stars to States", edited by Springer. The intended readership are all scientists involved in science-for-policy activities, members of academies of sciences, science funders, civil servants and policy makers.

About the EAS and the e-Newsletter

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.

Started in 2016, the e-Newsletter is a prime communication tool between the society and its members, and it is issued three to four times per year.

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Composition of the EAS Council

Roger Davies, UK
Emmanouil Angelakis, Germany
Sofia Feltzing, Sweden
Serena Viti, UK
Johan Knapen, Spain
Lex Kaper, The Netherlands
Georges Meylan, Switzerland
Coralie Neiner, France
Olga Sil'chenko, Russia
Maarten Baes, Belgium