Old EAS e-News & Announcements


***                   EAS e-News 05-May-2011                    ***


1. Second Announcement: European Week of Astronomy & Space Science (EWASS2011)

2. European Conference on Laboratory Astrophysics (ECLA)
   Paris, France, 26 - 30 September 2011

3. SKA 2011: The international Square Kilometre Array Forum, Science, and Engineering Meetings
   Banff, Canada, 4 - 8 July 2011

4. Job and Summer Schools on the EAS Web

5. Payment of Membership Fees


1. Second Announcement: European Week of Astronomy & Space Science (EWASS2011)

The "European Week of Astronomy and Space Science 2011" (EWASS2011)
will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia, during the week of July 4-8, 2011. 

EWASS2011 will host 9 Mini-Symposia, plenary sessions and many Special Sessions
on various aspects of modern astronomy. The European Astronomical Society (EAS)
General Assembly and Business meetings will also take place during EWASS2011.
The 2nd Announcement of the "European Week of Astronomy and Space Science 2011"
(EWASS2011) can be found here:


It provides updated info on the registration, accommodation, welcome reception,
key dates, etc.

In addition, here is some important information:

1) The deadlines for abstracts submission and applications for financial help
to early stage researchers have been *extended* to May the 9th.

2) The deadline for early registration has also been extended, to June the 6th
(and not 31st May, as stated earlier).

3) Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation message,  together with
various attachments. The most important attachment is  the one that refers to
the payment of the registration fee. You will find instructions on how to pay
this fee there (but also on the home page of the conference, under the link:
"Information for payment", on the left hand side of the page). 

4) All foreign nationals require a visa for visiting Russia. It seems the
easiest (and cheapest) way to obtain one is to contact the Russian embassy at
your country of residence and apply for a tourist visa, in which case you will
specify "tourism" as the reason for your visit to Russia. Otherwise, you may
wish to read the "visa info" on the web page:


and contact  the people at CTO (City Tourist Office; contact details are
provided on the same web page, but also in an attachment you will receive
upon registration).

5) *** IMPORTANT ***: Both EAS and ESA will offer a limited amount of grants
to early-stage students/researchers. Please notify any students/early-stage
researchers who wish to apply for these grants to read the relevant info at:



Contact: jenam2011  @  gao.spb.ru


2. European Conference on Laboratory Astrophysics (ECLA)
Paris, France, 26 - 30 September 2011

Laboratory astrophysics is a vast interdisciplinary field whose aim is to
complement and support astrophysical observations with laboratory-based
measurements, simulations, theoretical modelling and numerical approaches.
It is naturally related to all modern observational techniques, ground based
telescopes and space missions, including in-situ analysis of extraterrestrial
objects by interplanetary probes. It makes also use of many large instruments
of physics such as synchrotron radiation, high-energy lasers and sophisticated
analytical tools such as mass spectrometry. It therefore fosters the
collaboration between astronomers, astrophysicists, geochemists, physicists
of various disciplines as well as chemists.

The objective of this conference is to gather scientists involved in this
field to discuss recent challenges and advances in the understanding of the
astrophysical matter and processes in very different environments and to share
their expertise in the field of laboratory astrophysics.

The subjects covered are planetary science, including exoplanets, stellar
environments and the interstellar medium, stellar physics, including solar
physics and plasmas, compact objects and high-energy processes.

For more details, see the Conference Website : http://ecla.obspm.fr

3. SKA 2011: The international Square Kilometre Array Forum, Science, and Engineering Meetings
   Banff, Canada, 4 - 8 July 2011

On-line registration is now open for SKA 2011: The international Square Kilometre
Array Forum, Science, and Engineering Meetings, Banff, Canada, 4-8 July 2011.
We welcome you to beautiful Banff, Canada for these meetings and events, to
explore science, engineering, and opportunities with the SKA, which will be
the world's largest radio telescope.  The week will feature three related
meetings, and you may register for any or all of the events, as suits your
interests.  To register navigate to the "Registration" tab at:
3   July: Registration opens and evening reception
4-5 July: SKA Science and Frontiers of Astronomy in the Era of Massive Datasets:
          The Promise and Challenges
5   July: Evening Banquet
6   July: International SKA Forum
7-8 July: Engineering and Industry Opportunities in the SKA
The meetings are co-hosted by the Canadian and United States SKA Consortia, and
the international Square Kilometre Array Program Development Office (SPDO).
Overall Organising Committee:
Jim Cordes, Cornell University
Peter Dewdney, SPDO
Sean Dougherty, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics 
Trish Henning (co-chair), University of New Mexico 
Dayton Jones, Jet Propulsion Laboratory 
Vicky Kaspi, McGill University 
Athol Kemball, University of Illinois 
Steven Myers, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Richard Schilizzi, SPDO 
Russ Taylor (co-chair), University of Calgary 
Yervant Terzian, Cornell University 
Jasper Wall, University of British Columbia


4. Job and Summer Schools on the EAS Web

This is to remind the members that EAS provides job information on the EAS Web.
It lists advertisements for postdoctoral and staff positions at: 


as well as openings of PhD positions, notably across Europe, at: 


In addition, EAS maintains a list of "Schools". at present 26 Summer and
Winter Schools are listed at: 


We encourage you not only to use these pages for your own benefit, but to post
job offers as well. Also, if you know of Schools that aren't listed yet,
please contact the EAS Secretary at: secretary-eas  @  unige.ch


5. Payment of Membership Fees

This is a gentle reminder to those of you who haven't got around to pay their
membership fees yet. These fees are now due and we should like to encourage you
to arrange for payment at your earliest convenience.

The EAS is working hard on your behalf. Some of our activities are directly
visible, such as the yearly European Week of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the
EAS Prizes. Other activities are less apparent, but therefore not less
important, such as our lobbying efforts and our contributions to the long
term planning of astronomy in Europe.

The EAS is a Society made up of individual members, and is financed largely
through your membership fees. Please help the efficient running of the EAS
by making your financial contribution in a timely fashion.

If you have any queries regarding your membership, please contact the EAS Secretariat.


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