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Message SF2A No 378 - 20/04/09


Message SF2A No 378 - 20/04/09

1. Ouverture de la campage "Ecoles thematiques" CNRS 2010
2. ESA : Call for White Papers for the Fundamental Physics Roadmap Advisory Team
3. Two positions at ESA/ESTEC : scientist in the Solar System Missions Division of the Research and Scientific Support Department, Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration
4. Invisible Universe International Conference, June 29-July 3, Palais de l’UNESCO, Paris
5. Rappel - Pathways toward habitable planets, September 14th-18th, 2009, Barcelona, Spain

1. Ouverture de la campage "Ecoles thematiques" CNRS 2010

La campagne "Ecoles thematiques" CNRS 2010 est ouverte. Les dossiers doivent etre deposes a la delegation regionale (DR) du lieu du porteur de projet, avant le 20 juin 2009 dernier delai. Une declaration d’intention doit etre faite pour le 29 mai, remise au conseiller formation de la DR. Celui-ci peut apporter son aide (eventuelle) a la constitution des dossiers. A l’automne 2009, les dossiers seront examines par le comité inter-instituts (rejet des dossiers non conformes, orientation vers d’autres instances, mises en commun de projets, ouverture vers d’autres disciplines, amendements demandés aux porteurs, etc..), puis par les sections du comite national, pour avis. Un classement sera effectue par l’INSU. Les porteurs de projet seront informes en janvier 2010 des ecoles retenues avec leur financement. En fonction de ce calendrier, il est impossible d’envisager de tenir une école avant le mois de mars 2010. Les dossiers d’aide à la présentation, et le guide aux porteurs peuvent être trouvés à cette adresse

Transmis par Jean-Pierre Rozelot

2. ESA : Call for White Papers for the Fundamental Physics Roadmap Advisory Team

Appel de l’ESA pour contributions (White Papers) à la future roadmap en physique fondamentale. Toutes informations à cette adresse

Date limite : 28 Mai 2009

Transmis par Catherine Turon

3. Two positions at ESA/ESTEC : scientist in the Solar System Missions Division of the Research and Scientific Support Department, Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration

Dear colleagues

Please be informed about two recent vacancies at ESA/ESTEC.

Deadline : 30 April 2009

1) Scientist in the Solar System Missions Division of the Research and Scientific Support Department, Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration. Information in this PDF

2) Scientist in the Solar System Missions Division of the Research and Scientific Support Department, Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration. Information in this PDF

Important : Under ESA Regulations, the age limit for recruitment is 55. Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States : Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada

Kind Regards
O. Witasse

Transmis par Didier Barret

4. Invisible Universe International Conference, June 29-July 3, Palais de l’UNESCO, Paris

Dear Colleague,

We have extended the deadline for abstract submission and early registration for "Invisible Universe Internationale Conference" to June 1. If you are planning on attending this major conference which will take place at the Palais de l’UNESCO in Paris, France from June 29 to July 3 and have not yet submitted an abstract, we encourage you to do so !

We look forward to seeing you in Paris.

Best Regards,
Jean-Michel ALIMI

5. Rappel - Pathways toward habitable planets, September 14th-18th, 2009, Barcelona, Spain

Dear Colleagues,

Registration is now open for the Pathways Towards Habitable Planets conference to be held next September 14-18 in Barcelona, Spain. One of the most important scientific challenges for the 21st century is the search of habitable worlds around other stars, and the characterization of their atmospheres with the goal of detecting signs of biological activity. This is a long-term, interdisciplinary endeavor, engaging astrophysicists, biologists, planetary scientists, and instrument scientists. Eventually, space missions will address those questions, however today we need to start making intermediate steps. The aim of this conference is to help integrate the prospective efforts in Europe and in the US, build a community around this theme, and bring together several pathways towards that final goal.

The conference will include introductory lectures, invited talks, contributed talks and posters on the major scientific topics listed below, as well as public talks. The conference is sponsored in part by the Spanish CSIC, the Catalan IEEC, the NASA ExoPlanet Science Institute, and the Blue Dots initiative.

Important dates :
- May 15th : deadline for requesting financial support
- June 15th : deadline for early registration and abstract submission
- July 15th : publication of the final programme in the web
- July 15th : deadline for full refund (except for 15 euros handling fee)
- September 14th-18th : conference
- November 15th : deadline for submission of proceedings
- Spring 2010 : distribution of proceedings

We encourage you to visit the conference website at this address for further details, to submit your abstract, and register for the meeting.

Vincent Coudé du Foresto and Ignasi Ribas for the Scientific Organizing Committee (soc@pathways2009.net)

Announcement of opportunity for satellite meetings

The venue chosen for the Pathways conference (CosmoCaixa science museum) makes it possible to hold a special session on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 5PM after the end of the main meeting. One session can be held in the main auditorium (312 seats) and two smaller rooms (60 seats) are also available in parallel. The nominal duration of a special session is 90 minutes.

We therefore welcome proposals to hold satellite meetings of specific interest in conjunction with the Pathways conference. The meetings can deal with a particular project or technique, explore in more depth a Pathways related science topic, or cover anything else that is relevant. They can take the form of a workshop, a panel, an open discussion, or any other appropriate format.

Organizers of the satellite meetings will benefit from the full exposure and logistics of the Pathways conference (except for the publication of proceedings), while maintaining editorial control on the meeting. Participants will have to register to the main conference even if they only attend the special sessions.

To propose a satellite meeting send an email before May 20th to soc@pathways2009.net with the following information :
- Name and contact of the main organizer
- Title and short rationale
- Tentative list of main speakers or participants
- Format description : number of sessions requested, room size requested, special needs (in which case a prior inquiry to establish feasibility is recommended)

The satellite meetings will be announced by June 5th.

Transmis par Vincent Coudé du Foresto

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