1. Statement of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics regarding JWST
2. News from IAU (from the IAU e-Newsletter July 2011 by Ian Corbett, IAU GS)
3. Global Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD)
4. EAS Colloquim Series
5. The 15th Paris Cosmology Colloquium 2011 : On line Lectures
6. 4th French-Chinese Meeting on Solar Physics : "Understanding solar activity : Advances and Challenges", 15 - 18 November 2011, Nice
7. "Lithium in the Cosmos", 27-29 février 2012, Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris
To : Dr John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
On July 6, 2011, the US House Appropriations Committee released the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill for the fiscal year 2012. This bill suggests a reduction by $1.6 billion below FY2011 in NASA funding. As part of this, the bill calls for a termination of all funding to the NASA-led James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) with significant contributions from the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), from European and French astronomers, and from European space industry over more than 10 years.
The international astrophysical community was hoping that the JWST would extend the broad scientific successes of the aging Hubble Space Telescope (HST) after its well-deserved retirement. The JWST is not only a successor to HST : it will open up new and unique scientific avenues as it will explore a regime of the electromagnetic spectrum that perfectly matches the requirement to detect the first light in the Universe and study our origins.
But, perhaps, more than that, the JWST would play the same crucial educational role than HST in providing the people of the world (and not only the astrophysicists and the scientists) with breathtaking images and understanding of the remote universe. After HST, there are several generations of children and students that began to learn how the Universe, the stars, the planets, and the life, have evolved to reach what we see and what we are, today.
The Société Française d’Astronomie et d’Astrophysique (SF2A, French Astronomical and Astrophysical Society) is very concerned by the fact that end of the JWST programme would strongly affect the progress of our knowledge of the Universe and perhaps would suggest a turn-down of the awareness gained from the HST.
For the Council of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Dr Corinne Charbonnel, President of the SF2A.
cc. Richard Howard, Deputy Chief Technologist, JWST program manager at NASA Headquarters
Dr Alan P. Boss, Chair, NASA Advisory Council, Astrophysics subcommittee
Dr Debra M.Elmegreen, President American Astronomical Society
Dr. Dan Clemens, Chair, AURA
IB 108, giving preliminary details of the scientific programme at the August 2012 General Assembly, is available on the IAU web site at this URL.
The web site of the XXVIII General Assembly (20 – 31 August 2012, Beijing) is operational. Early registration, at a substantial discount, will be open from 1 September 2011. Early registration closes on 31 January 2012. Full details of the programme for the 2012 General Assembly will be published in IB 109, due to appear in January 2012.
A reminder of certain key dates in 2011 :
15 Sept : Deadline for submitting Letters of Intent for Symposia in 2013
1 Nov : Deadline for submitting Letter of Intent to host the XXXth GA in 2018
1 Nov : Deadline for contributions to IB 109
26 Nov : Deadline for submitting financial Resolution or motions to amend Statutes or Bye-Laws to General Secretary
30 Nov : Due date for applications for the Gruber Foundation Fellowships 2012
1 Dec : Deadline for Proposals for Symposia in 2013
15 Dec : Deadline for nominations for the Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize 2012
Transmis par Corinne Charbonnel
Dear IAU members
As a significant milestone towards the realisation of the decadal strategic plan "Astronomy for the Developing World, Building from the IYA2009," the IAU has established the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) in Cape Town, South Africa. The vision for the OAD is simply "Astronomy for a better world." It aims to use astronomy as a tool to stimulate development at all levels including primary, secondary and tertiary education, science research and the public understanding of science.
In order to achieve this, the OAD needs your help ! We hereby call on you to visit the OAD website www.astronomyfordevelopment.org and get in touch with us. You can log your area of interest and proposed involvement on the online form or else contact us directly. We have also set up an email list for the OAD and encourage you to join in order to stay informed of the activities and progress.
The OAD currently has two staff members and the search is underway for the third. We have issued a call for expressions of interest for institutions to host regional nodes, as well as a call for contributions of volunteer time in any form. Besides regional nodes we intend to set up three task forces for university education and research ; young children and school education ; and public outreach. At the end of 2011 a workshop will be held with major stakeholders, and at the IAU General Assembly in 2012, the OAD will present its activities and progress.
Right now we appeal to you to get involved ! Please visit www.astronomyfordevelopment.org or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We also ask that you spread this message to relevant people who may not be IAU members : post-docs, students and amateur astronomers.
Regards, Kevin Govender, Director : IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
Transmis par Corinne Charbonnel
In order to promote medium size meetings in astronomy and astrophysics, and related areas, the European Astronomical Society (EAS) is launching a series of EAS Colloquia (EASColl) to provide a mechanism to exchange ideas and promote cross-fertilization of ideas between scientists working in Europe.
EASColl are intended to be medium-size meetings of 50 to 80 people dedicated to either established scientific domains or newly emerging fields of small/growing communities, which can not apply for support to the large EU Networks or qualify as International Astronomical Union Symposia (IAUS).
Therefore, we are pleased to announce the first call for proposals for the EAS Colloquia :
The deadline for submission is September 30, 2011
Selection by Council is expected to take place by the end of November
The funding is allocated for the next civil year
Practical information (including the application form) can be found under "EASColl" at this URL.
Transmis par Anne Dutrey
The 15th Paris Cosmology Colloquium 2011`From Cold Dark Matter to Warm Dark Matter in the Standard Model of the Universe : Theory and Observations’ .20 Years of Activity , 20, 21 and 22 JULY 2011 Paris Observatory (HQ), historic Perrault building, Paris, France.
We are pleased to inform you that the presentations by the lecturers during the 15th Paris Cosmology Colloquium 2011 are available on line (in pdf format) in "Programme and Lecturers .pdf " in the web site of this Colloquium.
The photographes of the Colloquium capturing moments of the stimulating and outstanding atmosphere created by all lecturers and participants during the Colloquium and Open Session will be posted soon in this www site.
Transmis par Norma G Sanchez et Hector J de Vega, Ecole Internationale Daniel Chalonge.
The 4th French-Chinese meeting on Solar Physics will be held November 15 - 18 November, 2011 in Nice, France. The meeting will be dedicated to the memory of Jean Arnaud, Director of the Fizeau Laboratory, who passed away in September 2010, after just having started a collaboration of spectro-polarimetric projects with China.
The series of French-Chinese meetings is aimed at stimulating collaboration between groups and institutes in the two countries, but is open to participants from other countries.
Main topics for the meeting will include :
Magnetic field and polarization measurements and theory
Formation and oscillation of filaments
Solar Corona and wind
Energetic particles, flares and high energy emission
CMEs and space weather
The meeting will include a number of invited talks. Contributed talks will be selected from submitted abstracts. Submitted papers will be published in the EAS Publ. Series
More information on can be found on the meeting’s website.
The deadline for Abstract Submission is 30 September, 2011. Deadline for registration : 17 October, 2011.
There is some limited possibility for financial support from the LOC (deadline for financial support application : 30 September).
Transmis par Marianne Faurobert
The workshop "Lithium in the Cosmos" will take place at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris (France) in february 2012, 27-29. By gathering astrophysicists and cosmologists, the workshop aims at developing a better understanding of the state-of-the-art of the "Lithium Problem".
The program includes invited talks on the latest results on observations, stellar theory and cosmogenic nucleosynthesis, as well as a round table to confront directly all the pieces of this fascinating puzzle. We also envision time slots for contributed talks and a poster session ; an abstract submission page will open soon. The list of invited speakers is available on our website.
Registration will be limited to 120 participants, and its opening will be announced in early october.
Transmis par Fabio Iocco
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