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.
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.
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.
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 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
Council appointed a Nominating Committee tasked to prepare a balanced slate of candidates based on nominations put forward by the membership. The proposed slate of candidates (in alphabetical order) consists of:
A summary of the present composition of Council can be found at this web page.
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
In January 2017 the Working Group identified Professor Mike Bode, recently retired Director of the Astrophysics Research Institute of Liverpool John Moores University, as an ideal candidate. Mike had, for example, been on EAS Council until 2016 and prior to that had led the development of the ASTRONET Infrastructure Roadmap for European astronomy. He formally took up the Special Representative role in May 2017 on a part-time basis under a partnership agreement. This initially runs until the end of 2018, with a six-month gap until the end of March 2018 while he undertakes a previous commitment as a Visiting Professor in Southern Africa.
Through this, meetings have now been held with senior officials in the European Commission including a Senior Advisor to the Commissioner in the Research, Science and Innovation Directorate and a Senior Economist/Policy Advisor in the International Cooperation and Development Directorate. Invitations for such senior officials to attend EWASS 2018 have been issued and it is hoped that at least some will be able to attend this, the "showcase" event of the Society.
Among other actions undertaken so far, the EU "Transparency Register" process has been completed which means that the EAS is now a recognised lobbying organization of the EU and is automatically receiving alerts on consultation exercises etc. One of those that is imminent is on the draft proposals for the Framework 9 programme which is an area of particular concern for the Society and its representative. It also quickly became clear that it would be very valuable to have a short brochure to highlight the wider impact of astronomy. The process of producing such a brochure, in cooperation with other major astronomy-related organisations and projects in Europe, has been initiated and is being actively pursued by EAS Council. Readers who feel that they have relevant expertise and would like to be considered to join the Working Group on the wider impact of astronomy are encouraged to contact the EAS president Roger Davies.
On his return from his Visiting Professorship at the beginning of April, Mike will resume his role to coincide with EWASS where he is also a co-organiser of Special Session 17 "Making the case for European astronomy and space science: public and political engagement". Over the following months he aims to apply for accreditation with the European Parliament; follow up further contacts in the Parliament and Commission; foster even closer working relationships with the EPS, EuroPlaNet, ASTRONET and others, and give consideration to a possible half-day Special Session at the European Parliament which could, for example, centre around the launch the proposed brochure on the wider impact that our subject undoubtedly has.
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
Council wishes to express its gratitude for the work that the Working Group, chaired by Sara Lucatello (INAF, Italy), has put into this very clear and complete document. It recommends and hopes that this document will help the European astronomical community to take the different aspects of ethics into full consideration. Council also announces that the Statement and Guidelines will apply in the context of the EWASS conference.
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.
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.
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.
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