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Message SF2A No 422 - 03/05/10


1. Seventh IRAM millimeter interferometry school, 4-8th October 2010, IRAM, Grenoble
2. Conference : "Science with the Hubble Space Telescope - III : Two Decades and Counting", 11-14 octobre 2010, Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, Venice, Italy
3. Les Réunions Sciences de la Terre, 25-29 octobre 2010, Bordeaux
4. Conference : "The origin of stellar masses", 18-22 October 2010, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
5. Conference : "Gamma-ray bursts 2010", 1-4 November 2010, Annapolis, Maryland
6. Workshop : "Observing with ALMA - Early Science", 29th November - 1st December 2010, IRAM, Grenoble

1. Seventh IRAM millimeter interferometry school, 4-8th October 2010, IRAM, Grenoble

IRAM organizes this year its seventh millimeter interferometry school. These schools are organized every two years since 1998. The 7th school will take place at the IRAM headquarters (Grenoble, France) on October 4th-8th, 2010. It is intended for students, post-docs and scientists who want to acquire a good knowledge of interferometry and data reduction techniques at millimeter wavelengths. The program includes lectures on :
- fundamentals of millimeter interferometry
- atmospheric phase correction
- data calibration and imaging techniques
- the IRAM Plateau de Bure interferometer (PdBI)
- the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA)

Tutorials will also be organized to help participants to become familiar with the reduction of Plateau de Bure data.

The school web page and registration form can be found at this URL (Science Users > Events). For any inquiry, please contact the organizing committee at school2010@iram.fr

Transmis par Frédéric Gueth

2. Conference : "Science with the Hubble Space Telescope - III : Two Decades and Counting", 11-14 octobre 2010, Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, Venice, Italy

Cette conference est sponsorisée par l’ESA et la NASA et est organisée par ST-ECF, STScI et Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti.

Toutes informations sur ce site.

Propositions de contributions orales et de posters : date limite vendredi 14 mai 2010.

Transmis par Catherine Turon

3. Les Réunions Sciences de la Terre, 25-29 octobre 2010, Bordeaux

Les Reunions Sciences de la Terre (RST 2010) auront lieu a Bordeaux du 25 au 29 octobre 2010 :

Nous nous permettons d’attirer votre attention sur la session 5.1 "Origine et evolution de la Terre, des planetes et de la vie", et vous remercions par avance pour votre contribution eventuelle a ces journees (date limite pour la soumission des resumes : 20 mai)

Pour plus de détails veuillez consulter ce site.

Transmis par Muriel Gargaud (Laboratoire Astrophysique Bordeaux) et Herve Martin (Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, Clermont Ferrand)

4. Conference : "The origin of stellar masses", 18-22 October 2010, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Stars are one of the fundamental building blocks of the Universe : the source of most of the chemical elements, a crucial ingredient in the formation and evolution of galaxies, the progenitors of supernovae, gamma ray bursts, and black holes, the hosts of planetary systems, and the sustainer of life. In some ways, stars are relatively simple objects ; the evolution and fate of a star is almost uniquely determined by its mass. However, the formation of a star is anything but simple, involving a complex interplay between gravity, hydrodynamics, magnetic fields, radiation transport, and chemistry. Great progress has been made in delineating the roles of these physical processes through theory and observations, but a fundamental mystery remains, one of the most important questions in astronomy. What determines the masses of stars and how does the distribution of stellar masses arise, the so-called Initial Mass Function (IMF) ?

We expect that progress in answering this question will accelerate with the advent of several new instruments operating at (sub-)mm wavelengths and the increasing ability for numerical models to include the relevant physics. The Herschel Space Observatory has begun science observations, SCUBA-2 on the JCMT has recently become operational, and the first early science observations with ALMA should be made in the year following this meeting. On the theoretical side, hydrodynamical simulations of star formation have been able to begin including magnetic fields, radiation transport, and chemistry.

Thus, the time is right for a meeting focussing on the observational and theoretical aspects of the origin of stellar masses, with the programme centred around three topical questions :
- From clouds to core to protostars : what processes are involved in transforming molecular clouds into clusters of protostars ?
- The birth and influence of massive stars : how and why do massive stars form and what is their influence on further star formation ?
- The physics of the low-mass end of the IMF : how and why do brown dwarfs form, and what is the physics of their atmospheres ?

In recognition of the fact that this field is highly active with many young researchers, there will be an emphasis on talks given by young researchers and the programme will include ample time for discussion led by panels of experience researchers.

Registration and Further Information : on this website.

Matthew Bateon behalf of the LOC and SOC

5. Conference : "Gamma-ray bursts 2010", 1-4 November 2010, Annapolis, Maryland

We are pleased to announce the "Gamma-ray bursts 2010" conference covering recent advances in gamma-ray burst observations and theory. This meeting will be held in Annapolis, Maryland on November 1-4, 2010.

Gamma ray bursts are the most luminous explosions in the universe and thought to be the birth signatures of black holes. This is an exciting time in the GRB field as multiple missions currently provide a plethora of data on this still puzzling 50 year old phenomenon. The Fermi mission is revealing unprecedented spectral information on GRBs covering almost 7 decades of magnitude, the new Maxi mission provides an all sky X-ray monitoring of GRBs, the Swift GRB-dedicated mission continuous to swiftly monitor and locate GRBs in multiple wavebands, and AGILE, INTEGRAL, Suzaku and Konus continue to provide crucial information on GRB properties. There is also growing capability for follow-up observations by ground-based telescopes of all size classes. Searches are recently underway for TeV emission, neutrinos and gravitational waves. Complementing all these new observational results a huge theoretical effort is underway to understand the GRB phenomenon and keep up with the constant new puzzles coming from the data.

To discuss the recent new observational and theoretical progress in GRB science we plan to hold a four day conference (November 1-4, 2010) in beautiful Annapolis, Maryland. The site will be the comfortable and interesting Historic Inns of Annapolis which is located near the State capital buildings and near the waterfront.

Please note the following important dates :
- May 2010 - Second circular, registration opens
- Aug 15, 2010 - Abstract deadline
- Sept 1, 2010 - Preliminary program
- Sept 15, 2010 - early registration deadline
- Oct 1, 2010 - Hotel registration deadline
- Oct 15, 2010 - Registration no longer refundable

Please visit our website for more details :

Transmis par Julie McEnery

6. Workshop : "Observing with ALMA - Early Science", 29th November - 1st December 2010, IRAM, Grenoble

ALMA is currently in construction and should start full operations in 2013. However, already in 2011, ALMA will be operated with a limited number of antennas (16) and capacities (e.g. baselines < 1.5 km). The first Call for Proposals for this “ALMA Early Science” phase could be issued as early as the end of 2010. To help the IRAM community to prepare this important milestone, the IRAM node of the European ALMA Regional Center (ARC) will be organizing a 3-days workshop from November 29th to December 1st 2010 at the institute’s headquarters (Grenoble, France).

The goal of the workshop is to provide the practical information needed to plan ALMA Early Science observations and answer the first Call for Proposals. A detailed, updated description of the ALMA Early Science capabilities will be presented : observing modes, correlator modes, system performances, calibration, etc. Practical points will be addressed, as e.g. :
- planning ALMA observations using the available simulators
- preparing and submitting a proposal using the Observing Tool
- defining the instrumental setup for Phase 1 (proposals) and
- Phase 2 (accepted projects)

The workshop will also include introduction and hands-on demonstration of key software for the ALMA users : the ALMA Observing Tool and the CASA off-line data reduction package.

The school web page and registration form can be found at this address (Science Users > Events). For any inquiry, please contact the organizing committee at alma2010@iram.fr

Transmis par Frédéric Gueth

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