EAS News
EWASS 2019: the culmination of an especially good year for the EAS
Closing Ceremony speech by EAS Vice-Presidents

The Annual Meeting of the European Astronomical Society, EWASS 2019, took place from 24 to 28 June 2019 in Lyon, and was attended by about 1200 participants. The two EAS Vice-Presidents, Sara Lucatello and Sofia Feltzing, closed EWASS 2019 by presenting their impressions of the meeting and summarising the highlights of the Society's year which has been a particularly important one. Read more

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EAS 2020 in Leiden, 29 June - 3 July 2020
Proposals for Symposia, Special Sessions, and Lunch Sessions due 15 September 2019

The European Astronomical Society Annual Meeting, previously known as the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS), will take place in Leiden, the Netherlands, from 29 June to 3 July 2020. The meeting is organized by the EAS in collaboration with the Royal Dutch Astronomical Society (KNA). The venue, the Event & Convention Center and the Holiday Inn, is located near the city center. We invite proposals from colleagues who are interested in organising a Symposium, a Special Session, or a Lunch Session at EAS 2020. All details can be found at this page. The deadline for submitting Expressions of Interest is Sunday 15 September 2019.

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Call for nominations for EAS Prizes
Deadline 30 September 2019

EAS Council invites EAS members to nominate suitable candidates for the different EAS Prizes. The Tycho Brahe Medal is awarded annually in recognition of the development or exploitation of European instruments, or major discoveries based largely on such instruments. The MERAC Prizes for Best Doctoral Thesis are awarded to recognize and support young European astronomers. The Fritz Zwicky Prize for Astrophysics and Cosmology is a new biannual prize to recognize scientists who have obtained fundamental and outstanding results related to astrophysics and cosmology. Read more

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Hungary and Slovenia new EAS Affiliated Societies
Reminder: free EAS membership for all opting-in members of EAS Affiliated Societies

The EAS has two new Affiliated Societies: the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA), and the Society of Mathematicians, Physicists and Astronomers of Slovenia (DMFA). EAS welcomes these new Affiliated Societies. Council wishes to remind all European astronomers of the new EAS membership scheme, in which opting-in members of EAS Affiliated Societies receive free membership if they qualify for the EAS membership requirements. In particular, Council encourages EAS Individual Members to contact their Affiliated Society to take advantage of this new membership scheme.

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New Organisational Members for the EAS
Fritz Zwicky Foundation, CTA, and the Finnish Astronomical Society

The EAS welcomes three new Organisational Members. Created in 2011, EAS Organisational Members are either public or private entities which play an important role in European astronomy and express through their membership their support to the community of astronomers. A vibrant community is indeed essential to develop and keep a vigorous program of astronomical research in Europe. Read more

Contributed News
Exploring the time-domain phase space from current surveys to LSST
EWASS 2019 Symposium 1

This Symposium aimed to bring together the time-domain community, observers, modelers, theoreticians and software developers to discuss results from synoptic surveys, how sophisticated software frameworks can be used to mine life-streams in real-time and new strategies for classifying transients. The Symposium spanned six sessions over two days, with ~80-100 participants attending each session. Read more

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Quasars in cosmology
EWASS 2019 Symposium 2

We gathered for the first time scientists who propose various methods of using quasars as probes of the properties of the Universe. We covered the use of quasars as standard rulers (BAO, strong lensing) and standard candles (reverberation methods, selection of quasars at Eddington luminosity, UV-Xray nonlinear relation). Read more

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The Universe in the first billion years
EWASS 2019 Symposium 3

The most intriguing question of modern extragalactic astronomy is to locate and study the first galaxies in order to determine when they emerged from the dark ages, what are their physical properties and what role do they play in governing the transition of intergalactic hydrogen from a neutral state to one that is ionised. With this two-day Symposium, we brought together a diverse community of researchers working in both theory and observations. Read more

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Cosmology and multi-messenger astrophysics with Gamma-Ray Bursts
EWASS 2019 Symposium 4

Symposium 4 provided a very timely opportunity to bring together specialists working on GRB-related fields from both theoretical and observational perspectives. In early 2019, the LIGO and Virgo observatories started their third run of operations, following the previous two successful runs which led to a huge leap forward in our understanding of fundamental physics through the discovery also of the first neutron star-neutron star merger and the associated electromagnetic emission in the form of a short GRB. The EWASS 2019 was thus perfectly suited to check the preliminary new results and discuss the exciting future perspectives to come in the closer as well as in the far future. Read more

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Dynamics of disc galaxies in the era of large surveys
EWASS 2019 Symposium 6

We live in the era of the advent of large surveys which target numerous galaxies or stars with superb quality, and we are witnessing a revolution in our understanding of galaxy evolution. This Symposium aimed at bringing together experts in all aspects of galaxy disc dynamics to review the recent observational, analytical, and numerical results, as well as the prospect for the immediate future. Read more

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Cosmic dust (r)evolution
EWASS 2019 Symposium 7

Symposium 7 aimed to bring together researchers with a wide range of experience in the field of interstellar dust grains. Dust is ubiquitous in the interstellar medium and known to influence every aspect of the evolution of the media in which it is embedded. The goal of this Symposium was to discuss all aspects of the dust life cycle from astrophysical, chemical, and mineralogical points of view. Read more

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Resolving the ionized ISM
EWASS 2019 Symposium 8

Symposium 8 brought together Galactic and extragalactic observers, as well as simulators and modelers, to discuss recent results that resolve the ionized interstellar medium (ISM) of galaxies from sub-pc to kpc scales. This ionized gas phase plays a crucial role in the cycling of baryons within galaxy disks. Read more

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The future of exoplanets: synergy between small-scale and large-scale telescopes
EWASS 2019 Symposium 9

Exoplanets is a consolidated field in astrophysics that keeps growing by the day. We are at the verge of many discoveries, as new instruments and telescopes are in the phase of commissioning or construction. This Symposium was the only session at the EWASS 2019 meeting fully dedicated to exoplanets. In particular, the Symposium emphasized the complementary possibilities offered by small facilities (both in space and on the ground) together with the main workhorses from international astronomical organizations and space agencies. Read more

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Feedback during the star formation process
EWASS 2019 Symposium 10

The process of star formation is a multi-scale, highly non-linear process. It involves a complex interplay between interstellar medium gas, magnetic fields, turbulence, radiation, chemistry, and cosmic rays. The rapid rise of computation power now allows to combine these processes in multi-component simulations at large galactic scales as well as scales of young stellar objects. Symposium 10 aimed at providing a state-of-the-art view of this rapidly evolving field. Read more

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Protoplanetary disks: the birth places of planets
EWASS 2019 Symposium 11

Symposium 11 at EWASS 2019 focussed on protoplanetary disks: the birth places of planets. High angular resolution observations of protoplanetary disks (e.g., with ALMA or VLT/SPHERE) have opened a new door toward understanding the physical processes taking place therein, with implications both on our understanding of planet formation, disk winds, jets, and outflows, and accretion in young stars. Read more

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Knowns and unknowns about brown dwarfs 24 years after its discovery
EWASS 2019 Symposium 12

The first brown dwarfs were discovered in 1995. A few thousand brown dwarfs have been discovered in the last 24 years, including proto, young, and old brown dwarfs. The parameter space of known brown dwarfs extends down to a few Jupiter masses, ~250 K, and 250 times more metal-poor than the Sun. Brown dwarfs are found orbiting around other stars and hosting planets, they are variable and have radio emissions. New atmospheric and evolutionary of brown dwarfs and very low mass stars have been developed. This Symposium aimed to bring observers and theorists together to discuss the latest works on brown dwarfs, and seek the future research directions. Read more

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Jets and disk winds across cosmic scales
EWASS 2019 Symposium 13

Outflows in the form of jets and accretion-related winds arise in a surprisingly diverse array of astrophysical environments, from new-born stars to the hearts of active galaxies. EWASS Symposium 13 brought together researchers from several fields focusing on outflows at all scales, including cataclysmic variables, stars, X-ray binaries and ULXs, gamma-ray bursts, AGNs, and tidal disruption events. Despite the many commonalities between outflow phenomena at different scales, researchers from these fields rarely meet and interact. Read more

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Royal Society Publishing photography competition
One of the five categories devoted to astronomy

Following the success of their 2018 photography competition, the Royal Society Publishing's portfolio of journals is organising a new edition of their annual photography competition. It celebrates the power of photography to communicate science and the role images play in making science accessible to a wide audience. This competition is split into 5 categories, including astronomy. The competition is only open to scientists, and is open for entries until 30 August 2019. More details can be found at this website.

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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
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