EWASS 2019 in Lyon, 24-28 June 2019
Selection of Symposia and Special Sessions ongoing
The preparations for EWASS 2019 in Lyon are well on their way. Philippe Prugniel and Elena Pian, chair and co-chair of the SOC, received over a hundred proposals for Symposia and Special Sessions, only a fraction of which can be selected. The final selection will be announced before the registration website for EWASS 2019 is launched early December 2018. ▸ Read more
Isabelle Vauglin is the chair of the EWASS hosting committee that is responsible for the local organisation of the EWASS meeting at the Manufacture des Tabacs in Lyon, from 24 to 28 June, 2019. The site, nicely located in the student area of Universite Lyon 3, has a maximum capacity of about 1200 participants.
EWASS 2020 and 2021
EWASS 2020 in Leiden, EWASS 2021 hosts invited
EWASS 2020 will be organised in Leiden, the Netherlands, the site of the oldest university observatory in operation today. We are currently in the process of selecting the venue and preparing the memorandum of understanding. The location of EWASS 2021 is still open. Parties interested in organising the EWASS meeting in 2021 (or beyond) are invited to submit a letter of intent to the chair of the EWASS Board, Lex Kaper (L.Kaper@uva.nl), before the end of this year.
Report on the EAS General Assembly
Deadline for email ballot 18 December 2018
The General Assembly of the EAS took place on 27 August 2018 at the Austria Center, Vienna. The agenda included a report by the President on the ongoing activities of the Society, followed by a report on the 2017 accounts. The Treasurer of the Society also presented the report of the auditors and an update of the 2018 budget, as well as the budget for 2019. A major fraction of the meeting was devoted to presenting the new membership scheme and all relevant matters, which was well received by the General Assembly. ▸ Read more
The departing members of the Council were thanked and the newly elected ones were welcomed by the EAS Secretary. The EAS Executive Secretary subsequently presented the imminent elections for the Treasurer and President positions. A Nomination Committee has been set up and more details of this will be circulated soon. The General Assembly concluded with a report on EAS prizes and the forthcoming EWASS 2019 meeting in Lyon.
New EAS membership scheme moved to the implementation stage
Information from the Affiliated Societies on its way to the EAS office
Council's proposal to increase the membership of the EAS by making it free of charge for qualifying members of the EAS' Affiliated Societies was well received by the Affiliated Societies and by the General Assembly of the EAS. The EAS has thus moved to the implementation stage of this initiative. ▸ Read more
As explained in the previous issue of the e-Newsletter, the Affiliated Societies will collect information on proposed EAS members and pass that on to the EAS office. By now, some Societies have finished this task and most Societies are well underway, and we indeed foresee the significant increase in the EAS membership which was one of the drivers of this proposal.
Meet the new EAS Council members
Sara Lucatello, Andreas Burkert and Nick Kylafis have started a four-year term
In the course of 2018, three Council members (Coralie Neiner, Olga Sil'chenko, and Serena Viti) have left Council. Three new Council members have been elected in the February elections, according to the new regulations adopted in 2017. Andreas Burkert (Germany), Nick Kylafis (Greece) and Sara Lucatello (Italy), have started their four-year term this Summer. ▸ Read more
Sara Lucatello works at the INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova. She obtained her undergraduate degree and PhD from University of Padova, Italy. After postdoctoral work at University of Texas Austin, she was INAF fellow in Padova and later Excellence Cluster Universe fellow in Munich. She joined the faculty at INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova in 2006. She served as a member of the science teams in the SDSS surveys SEGUE-2 and APOGEE and is currently a member of the Galactic Archeology steering committee of European survey WEAVE, where she also coordinates the calibration teams. She has served as a member and co-chair of the organs for diversity and equal opportunities in the SDSS collaboration. Her scientific interests focus on spectroscopic studies of stellar populations, the formation and chemo-dynamical evolution of the Milky Way and its subcomponents, large Galactic stellar surveys and Big Data in Astronomy. She is currently one of the two EAS Vice-Presidents, and is responsible for social media presence, ethics, and the recruitment of organisational members.
Nick Kylafis was a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech and at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He was an Assistant Professor at Columbia University before accepting an Assistant Professor position at the University of Crete in 1985. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1989 and Professor in 1997. He served as Chairman of the Department of Physics from 1999 to 2003, as well as Dean of the School of Sciences from 2008 to 2013. During the period 2012-2016 he was a member of the Council of the University of Crete. He retired and was elected Emeritus Professor in 2016. As EAS Councillor, his responsibilities include the Membership Committee and he acts as the liaison between EAS Council and the Affiliated Societies.
Call for nominations for the Tycho Brahe Medal 2019
Deadline: 31 October 2018
EAS Council invites EAS members to nominate suitable candidates for the Tycho Brahe Medal 2019. The medal is awarded annually in recognition of the development or exploitation of European instruments, or major discoveries based largely on such instruments. ▸ Read more
In 2007, the EAS has created the Tycho Brahe Prize; from 2019 onwards, a silver medal and a certificate will be awarded. The award ceremony will take place during the EWASS 2019 meeting in Lyon. The winner of the medal is invited to present a talk at one of the plenary sessions.
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