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RAS PN 09/8 (NAM 01): European Week of Astronomy and Space Science: 1st media announcement

Last Updated on Monday, 29 March 2010 22:22
Published on Friday, 27 February 2009 00:00
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From the 20th to the 23rd April 2009, more than 1000 astronomers and space scientists will gather at the University of Hertfordshire for the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS).

ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESS INFORMATION NOTE
Date: 27th February 2009
For Immediate Release
Ref.: PN 09/08 (NAM 01)

Issued by:
Dr Robert Massey
Press and Policy Officer
Royal Astronomical Society
Burlington House
Piccadilly
London W1J 0BQ
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EUROPEAN WEEK OF ASTRONOMY AND SPACE SCIENCE (INCORPORATING THE RAS 2009 NATIONAL ASTRONOMY MEETING)
20th April – 23rd April 2009
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK
1ST MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT

From 20th to 23rd April 2009, more than 1000 astronomers and space scientists will gather at the University of Hertfordshire for the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS), incorporating the 2009 Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2009) and the European Astronomical Society Joint Meeting (JENAM 2009).

EWASS is held in conjunction with the UK Solar Physics (UKSP) and Magnetosphere Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial Physics (MIST) meetings. The conference includes scientific sessions organised by the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

At EWASS scientists will present new research in many aspects of astronomy and space science, including the formation of planets around other stars, the coming generation of large telescopes, forthcoming missions in the Solar System, cosmology and gravitational waves and lenses.

A full and up to date schedule of these and other events can be found on the official website at http://www.jenam2009.eu/

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend the meeting and press room facilities will be available for the duration of the conference – from 9 a.m. on Monday 20th April through to 5 p.m. on Thursday 23rd April.

Media registration is free of charge - any bona fide media delegates can pre-register online using the form at http://www.jenam2009.eu/default.asp?langid=0&contentid=1400  (advance registration is not essential but encouraged).

Further information will be circulated a few weeks before the meeting, including press notices on presentations that may be of interest (subject to embargo).

The conference is principally sponsored by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield.

FURTHER INFORMATION


CONTACTS

Dr Robert Massey
Press and Policy Officer
Royal Astronomical Society
(details above)

Dr. Henri Boffin
ESO education and Public Outreach Department
ESO
Karl-Schwarzschild-str. 2
85748 Garching bei Muenchen, Germany
Tel: +49 89 3200 6222 / Fax: +49 89 320 23 62
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Web: http://www.eso.org

Monica Talevi
Science Information Manager
ESA - Communication Dept.
Tel: +31 71 565 3223
Fax: +31 71 565 4101
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Web: http://www.esa.int

Professor Elias Brinks
Secretary, European Astronomical Society
Centre for Astrophysics Research
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane
Hatfield AL10 9AB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1707 286 072
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NOTES FOR EDITORS

THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. The RAS organizes scientific meetings, publishes international research and review journals, recognizes outstanding achievements by the award of medals and prizes, maintains an extensive library, supports education through grants and outreach activities and represents UK astronomy nationally and internationally. Its more than 3000 members (Fellows), a third based overseas, include scientific researchers in universities, observatories and laboratories as well as historians of astronomy and others.

THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) ensures the UK retains its leading place on the world stage by delivering world-class science; accessing and hosting international facilities; developing innovative technologies; and increasing the socio-economic impact of its research through effective knowledge exchange. The Council has a broad science portfolio including Astronomy, Particle Astrophysics and Space Science. In the area of astronomy it funds the UK membership of international bodies such as ESO and ESA. STFC is also a partner in the British National Space Centre (BNSC).

THE EUROPEAN ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

The European Astronomical Society (EAS) was founded in 1990. The purpose of the EAS is to contribute to and promote the advancement of astronomy, in its broadest sense, in Europe, by all suitable means. In particular the Society provides an independent forum for the discussion of subjects of common interest and the means whereby action can be taken on those matters which are best handled at the European level.

THE EUROPEAN ORGANISATION FOR ASTRONOMICAL RESEARCH IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) is one of the world's leading research organisations. Created in 1962, it provides state-of-the-art research facilities to European astronomers and astrophysicists and is supported by Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA’s 18 Member States are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Canada takes part in some projects under a cooperation agreement, Hungary, Romania and Poland are ‘European Cooperating States’ and Estonia and Slovenia have recently signed agreements on cooperation with ESA.