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Letters-of-Intent should be submitted to the IAU web page
before 15 September 2009
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Jan 15-16 Opening Ceremony International Year of Astronomy 2009, UNESCO Hq, Paris, France
Jan 23-27 IAU S260, The Role of Astronomy in Society and Culture, Paris, France
Feb 1 Due date for agenda items and documents for Officers’ Meeting and 85th EC Meeting, April 6-8, 2009
Mar 1 Deadline for applications for the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation Fellowship 2009
Mar 30 – Apr 4 Frontiers of Space Astrophysics: Gamma Ray Bursts & Neutron Stars, Recent Developments & Future Directions, The New Library, Alexandria, Egypt
Apr 1 Due date for bid books proposing to host the IAU XXIX General Assembly in 2015
Apr 6-8 IAU Officers’ Meeting and 85th Executive Committee Meeting, Paris, France
Apr 27-May 1 IAU S261, Relativity in fundamental astronomy – dynamics, reference frames and data analysis, Virginia Beach, VA, USA
May 1 Due date for contributions to IAU IB 104
May 1 Due date for agenda items and documents for 86th IAU EC Meeting, August 2, 2009 in Rio de Janeiro
June 15 Due date for agenda items and documents for 87th IAU EC Meeting, August 14, 2009 in Rio de Janeiro
July 25-29 Dynamic solar corona and its impact on space weather,
International Conference in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China
July 29- Aug 3 Astronomical Instruments from the Antikythera
Mechanism to the de Dondi's Astrarium,
Aug 3-14 IAU XXVII General Assembly, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, with associated Invited Discourses, Symposia, Joint Discussions, Special Sessions, Division/Commission/WG Business Meetings, Executive Committee meetings EC86 and EC87
Sep 15 Due date for Letters-of-Intent proposing IAU Symposia in 2011
Sep 28-Oct 3 Astronomy and its Instruments Before and After Galileo, Venice, Isola di San Servolo, Italia
Nov 1 Due date for contributions to IAU IB 105
Nov 1 Due date for agenda items and documents for Officers’ Meeting, January 2010
Nov 9-13 IAU S268, Light elements in the Universe, Geneva, Switzerland
Nov 23-27 Mathematics and Astronomy, a Joint Long Story, Madrid Spain
Nov 30-Dec 18 International School for Young Astronomers 2009,
St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies
Dec 1 Due date for proposals for IAU Symposia in 2011
Dec 31 Deadline for nominations for the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize 2010
Aug 20-31 IAU XXVIII General Assembly, Beijing, China
II.2. IAU EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
II.2.1. IAU Officers’ Meeting 2009-1. Brief report
The first 2009 IAU Officers’ meeting took place on 12 January 2009 at the IAU Secretariat, Paris, France. Present were President Catherine J. Cesarsky, President-Elect Robert Williams, General Secretary Karel A. van der Hucht, Assistant General Secretary , Ian F. Corbett and IAU Executive Assistant Vivien A. Reuter.
The Officers expressed their appreciation for the progress made by the IAU Secretariat in renewing its procedures and activities in 2008. The present staff consists of Mme Vivien A. Reuter, Executive Assistant, Mme Maïténa Mitschler, data base assistant, and Mme Ginette Rude, part-time archive assistant. The Officers expressed their appreciation for the present state of the IAU data base and web site, of which the maintenance and refurbishment is outsourced to ESO.
The Officers discussed the draft budget for the upcoming triennium 2010-2012 and will forward their recommendations to the EC and the National Members, together with proposed revisions and modifications of the Statutes, Bye-Laws and Working Rules.
On the IAU XXVII General Assembly preparations: the Officers took note of the latest report of the chair of the IAU XXVII GA NOC, Prof. Daniela Lazzaro and the progress reported therein.
The Officers expressed their satisfaction with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the IAU and the UNESCO World Heritage Center and the creation of an IAU Commission 41 Working Group on Astronomy and World Heritage by Commission 41 vice-president Prof. Clive L.N. Ruggles.
The President, in her capacity as chair EC Working Group on the International Year of Astronomy 2009, informed the Officers of the progress of the IYA2009 preparations, notably those for the Opening Ceremony of the IYA2009, 15-16 January in Paris at the UNESCO Headquarters, and the explosion of national IYA activities in over 135 participating countries.
II.3. IAU GENERAL ASSEMBLIES
II.3.1. IAU XXVII General Assembly, 3 - 14 August 2009,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
See PART I. For recent information and details on registration, visit the IAU XXVII GA web site:
II.3.2. IAU XXVIII General Assembly, 20 31 August 2012,
Beijing, China Nanjing
The web site of this General Assembly has been registered as:
< www.astronomy2012.com/ >. The site will open in due time.
II.3.3. IAU XXIX General Assembly, 2015.
Deadlines for Proposals to Host
The IAU Executive Committee solicits proposals for hosting the IAU XXIX General Assembly in July-August 2015. Rules and guidelines are available at: <www.iau.org/administration/meetings/hosting_ga/>.
Complete bid books should reach IAU General Secretary Karel A. van der Hucht before the deadline of 1 April 2009.
II.4. SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS
II.4.1. IAU SYMPOSIA in 2009 (see details in IAU IB 102, July 2008)
IAU S260 The Role of Astronomy in Society and Culture
Date and place: 19 - 23 January 2009, UNESCO, Paris, France
IAU S261 Relativity in Fundamental Astronomy
Date and place: 27 April -1 May 2009, Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Coordinating Division: I
SOC chairs: Sergei A. Klioner (Germany) and P. Kennneth Seidelmann (USA).
SOC members: Nicole Capitaine (France), S. Antonio Elipe (Spain), Sylvio Ferraz Mello (Brazil), William M. Folkner (USA), Toshio Fukushima (Japan), Kenneth J. Johnston (USA), Michael Kramer (UK), François Mignard (France), Andrea Milani (Italy), Wei-Tou Ni (China Nanjing), Gérard Petit (France), Michael H. Soffel (Germany), David Vokrouhlicky (Czech Republic), and Clifford M. Will (USA).
LOC chair: Michael Efroimsky (US Naval Observatory, USA).
LOC members: John A. Bangert (USNO), George H. Kaplan (USNO), Brian J. Luzum (USNO), Kevin B. Marvel (AAS), Demetrios N. Matsakis (USNO), Alice K.B. Monet (USNO), Sean E. Urban (USNO), William H. Wooden (USNO), and Norbert Zacharias (USNO).
Editors: Sergei A. Klioner, Kennneth P. Seidelmann, & Michael H. Soffel
Contact: Sergei A. Klioner
IAU S262 through S267, to be held during the IAU XXVII GA in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 3-14 August 2009: see PART I of this Information Bulletin.
IAU S268 Light Elements in the Universe
Date and place: 9 -13 November 2009, Geneva, Switzerland
Coordinating Division: IV
SOC chairs: Corinne Charbonnel (Switzerland) and Monica Tosi (Italy)
SOC members: Beatriz Barbuy (Brasil), Yuri Izotov (Ukraine), Taka Kajino (Japan), David L. Lambert (USA), John Lattanzio (Australia), Paolo Molaro (Italy), H. Warren Moos (USA), Francesca Primas (Germany), Robert T. Rood (USA), and Suzanne Talon (Canada).
LOC chair: Corinne Charbonnel.
LOC members: Christina Chiappini, Miroslava Dessauges-Zavadsky, Sylvia Ekström, Michel Grenon, Nadège Lagarde, and Chantal Taçoy.
Editors: Corinne Charbonnel, Monica Tosi, Francesca Primas & Christina Chiappini
Contact: Corinne Charbonnel
- results from the recent experiments on cosmic microwave
- primordial nucleosynthesis (standard and non-standard)
- LiBeB production and associated astrophysical sites
- measurements of the primordial D, 3,4He, and 7Li abundances
- measurements of 6Li, Be and B
- stellar knowledge to and from light elements
- production and destruction of light elements in stars
- evolution of the light elements in the Galaxy
- evolution of the light elements in the solar neighborhood
- spallation processes and the early galactic evolution.
For an overview of all IAU scientific meetings, see:
< www.iau.org/science/meetings/ >.
II.4.2. Regional IAU Meetings in 2008
II.4.2.1 MEARIM 2008 (report in IB 102)
II.4.2.2 APRIM 2008 10th Asian-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting
3 - 6 August 2008, Kunming, Yunnan, China Nanjing
From 3rd through 6th August 2008, the 10th Asian-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting (APRIM) has been successfully hosted in Yun’An Hotel of Kunming in Yunnan Province, China. Details of the meeting are as follows.
The opening ceremony
The opening ceremony of the 10th APRIM started from 8:30 a.m. on August 3rd, 2008. Prof. Yan LI, Chair of the Local Organizing Committee and Director of Yunnan Astronomical Observatory, presided over the opening ceremony; Prof. Gang ZHAO, Chair of the Scientific Organizing Committee and President of the Chinese Astronomical Society, addressed the opening, introducing the organization, themes, meaning and function of this meeting. Vice-Mayor of Kunming city, Ms. Xiaoshan LIAO and Deputy Director-General of Department of Science and Technology of Yunnan Province, Mr. Jianhua WANG were invited for the welcome speech. At last, Vice-President of IAU, Prof. Cheng FANG presented a speech representing IAU.
The plenary session was hosted on 3rd August 2008. During the one-day session, 12 world-renowned experts from Australia, Canada, China, China/Taipei, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and United States presented invited talks covering the status and development of astronomy in China, science and technology of the FAST project, the International Year of Astronomy 2009, the supernovae legacy survey, ultraviolet universe, report of the HINODE observations, virtual observatory program developed in China and India, quasar spectroscopy, panchromatic spectral energy modeling of starburst galaxies, extragalactic stellar astronomy, large scale structure formation of the universe, frontier astrophysical problems from Taiwan, etc.
On 4th and 5th August, there were 8 parallel sessions, including 32 invited talks, 106 contributed talks and 80 posters.
The meeting hosted 108 participants from 17 countries other than China (including Hongkong) and China/Taipei, 16 participants from Hongkong SAR and China/Taipei, and 154 domestic participants from 22 institutes and universities in China, i.e., a total of 278 participants.
Gang Zhao, chair, 18 September 2008
II.4.3. Other meetings of astrophysical interest
Frontiers of Space Astrophysics: Gamma Ray Bursts & Neutron Stars,
Recent Developments & Future Directions
March 30 - April 4, 2009
The New Library, Alexandria, Egypt
Co-sponsored by the IAU
Contact: Alaa Ibrahim
Astronomical Instruments from the Antikythera Mechanism to the de Dondi's Astrarium
29 July – 3 August 2009
Co-sponsored by the IAU
Contact: Efthymios Nicolaidis <email@example.com>
Astronomy and its Instruments before and after Galileo
28 September 2009 - 3 October 2009, Venice, Italy
Co-sponsored by the IAU
Contact: Luisa Pigatto
Mathematics and Astronomy, a Joint Long Journey
23 - 27 November 2009, Madrid, Venice, Italy
Co-sponsored by the IAU
Contact: Rosa M. Ros
For other meetings of astrophysical interest, see the International Astronomy Meetings List, maintained by Liz Bryson of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation:
II.5. IAU PUBLICATIONS
II.5.1. IAU Highlights of Astronomy
Highlights of Astronomy, Volume 13
AS PRESENTED AT THE XXV th GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE IAU
Sydney, Australia, 13-26 July 2003
Ed. Oddbjørn Engvold
(San Francisco: ASP) ISBN: 1-58381-189-3, 2006
Highlights of Astronomy, Volume 14
AS PRESENTED AT THE XXVI th GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE IAU
Prague, Czech Republic, 14-25 August 2006
Ed. Karel A. van der Hucht
(Cambridge: CUP) ISBN: 978-0-521-89683-2, December 2007
II.5.2. IAU Transactions
Transactions of the IAU, Volume XXVB
PROCEEDINGS OF THE XXV th GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE IAU
Sydney, Australia, 13 - 26 July 2003
Ed. Oddbjørn Engvold
(San Francisco: ASP) ISBN: 978-1-58381-647-9, 2007
Transactions of the IAU, Volume XXVIA
REPORTS ON ASTRONOMY 2003-2006
Ed. Oddbjørn Engvold
(Cambridge: CUP) ISBN: 0-521-85604-3, 2007
Transactions of the IAU, Volume XXVIB
PROCEEDINGS OF THE XXVI th GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE IAU
Prague, Czech Republic, 14 - 25 August 2006
Ed.: Karel A. van der Hucht
(Cambridge: CUP) ISBN: 978-0-521-85606-5, November 2008
Transactions of the IAU, Volume XXVIIA
REPORTS ON ASTRONOMY 2006-2009
Ed. Karel A. van der Hucht
(Cambridge: CUP) ISBN: 978-0-521-85605-8, January 2009
II.5.3. IAU Symposium Proceedings published in 2008
As of 2004, starting with IAU S222, the IAU Symposium Series is being published by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK (CUP).
Print version, see:
IAU S250 Massive Stars as Cosmic Engines
10 - 14 December 2007, Kauai, Hawaii, USA
Eds. Fabio Bresolin, Paul A. Crowther & Joachim Puls
(Cambridge: CUP) ISBN: 978-0-521-87472-4 (June 2008)
IAU S251 Organic Matter in Space
18-22 February 2008, Hong Kong, China
Eds. Sun Kwok & Scott A. Sandford
(Cambridge: CUP) ISBN: 978-0-52188-982-7 October 2008
IAU S252 The Art of Modelling Stars in the 21st Century
6-11 April 2008, Sanya, Hainan Island, China
Eds. LiCai Deng & Kwing Lam Chan
(Cambridge: CUP) ISBN: 978-0-52188-983-4 October 2008
IAU S255 Low-Metallicity Star Formation: From the First Stars
to Dwarf Galaxies
16-20 June 2008, Rapallo, Liguria, Italy
Eds. Leslie K. Hunt, Suzanne C. Madden, Raffaella Schneider
(Cambridge: CUP) ISBN: 978-0-52188-986-5 December 2008
For a complete list of IAU Symposium Proceedings, see
II.6. THE IAU AND THE PETER & PATRICIA GRUBER FOUNDATION
II.6.1. Gruber Cosmology Prizes
Information on the annual Gruber Cosmology Prize is available at
II.6.1.1 Gruber Cosmology Prize 2008
The Gruber Cosmology Prize 2008 has been awarded to J. Richard Bond, director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Cosmology and Gravity Program, during a ceremony at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, USA, 17 September 2008. Bond is being honoured for ground breaking theoretical work on structure formation and evolution of the Universe. See
II.6.1.2 Gruber Cosmology Prize 2009
The Gruber Cosmology Prize 2009 will be awarded during the Inaugural Ceremony of the IAU XXVII General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, 3 August 2009.
II.6.1.3 Gruber Cosmology Prize 2010
Nominations of candidates for the Gruber Cosmology Prize 2010 can be submitted up to 31 December 2009. Nomination information is available at:
II.6.2. PPGF Fellowships
With the aim to promote the science of cosmology and other branches of astronomy, the Peter & Patricia Gruber Foundation has created the PPGF Fellowship Programme. Funded by the PPGF, one Fellowship will be awarded every year, the next one in 2009. A Fellowship amounts to US$50,000 and will be given as a stipend to cover travel, subsistence and research expenses during a postdoctoral appointment for a period which is typically of one year duration, but may be extended to two years. The Fellowship will be awarded to an extremely promising, young astrophysicist, working in any field of astrophysics, either theoretical, observational or experimental. There are no limitations on nationality, but preference will be given to applicants from countries in difficult economic conditions. For more details, see:
II.6.2.1. PPGF Fellowship 2009
The deadline of application for the PPGF Fellowship 2009 is 1 March 2009. Instructions for application are available at the IAU web page:
II.7. THE EC WORKING GROUP ON
THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF ASTRONOMY 2009
II.7.1. Status Report
The year 2009 marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first inspirational telescopic observations. His discoveries shaped our worldview. To mark this occasion, the International Astronomical Union and the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization have initated what the United Nations has declared to be The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). Its purpose: to instill the same fascination with the night sky that Galileo felt, and to help people appreciate the wonders our Universe has to offer.
IYA2009 is a global endeavour, promoting astronomy and its contribution to society and culture. There is strong emphasis on education and public engagement. Excellent progress has already been made, with many thousands of people working towards making the Year a great success. This report outlines the status of its main projects and activities.
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