Hel.A.S. Newsletter 147 - May 2010

  1. Short News
  2. Upcoming Elections of the Governing Council of Hel.A.S.
  3. New Members of Hel.A.S.
  4. Joint European and National Astronomy Meetings 2010
  5. European Single-Dish School in the Era of Arrays
  6. 7th IRAM Interferometry School 2010
  7. 5th Heidelberg Summer School
  8. Upcoming Astronomy Meetings in Greece
  9. About this Newsletter

We would like to congratulate Dr. Alexandros Alexakis who was recently elected as Charge de Recherche 1 (CNRS) of Theoretical Physics at the Ecole Normale Superieure, in Paris France.

We would like to congratulate Mr. Odysseas Dionatos who has recently obtained his PhD from the Department of Physics of the University of Athens in collaboration with the Astronomical Observatory of Rome, under the supervision of Kanaris Tsinganos and Brunella Nisini. The title of his dissertation was: "Jets and outflows from Class 0 protostars: an observational study at mid-infrared and sub-millimeter wavelengths". Dr. Dionatos recently moved to a postdoctoral research position at the Centre for Star and Planet Formation at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark0.

We would like to congratulate Dr. Constantinos Gontikakis who was recently promoted to Researcher B' at the Research Center for Astronomy and Applied Mathematics of the Academy of Athens.


By the end of April all Ordinary and Junior members of Hel.A.S. must have received a letter from the Society. Please check your mailboxes! This will include the summary of the President on the activities of the current Governing Council during the 2008-2010 term, as well as the ballots and instructions from the Secretary on the voting process. Please read those instructions carefully and mail your ballots early. In order to be considered at the elections they have to arrive at the hands of the Secretary before the 20th of June 2010.

A document including the brief CVs of the candidates for the upcoming elections is available online as a PDF file.


During the 28th General Assembly of the Society, which will take place on June 21st 2010, new members of the Society will be elected. This is a once in a year event as new members can only be elected during a General Assembly. We would like to request from all members of the Society to inform any individual who they believe would be interested to join Hel.A.S. to submit his/her application before May 31st 2010. For more information on how to join the Hellenic Astronomical Society, as well as the benefits of being a member visit:


4. JENAM 2010

The 2010 Joint European and National Astronomy Meeting (JENAM) is taking place in Lisbon, Portugal between 6 and 10 September 2010. JENAM is organized each year in one of the European countries jointly by the European Astronomical Society and one of the national astronomical societies. This year seven very interesting parallel Symposia as well as nine Special Session on various areas of astrophysics are being organized. The deadline for requests of financial support is May 31, 2010, while the deadline for abstract submission is June 30, 2010. For more information visit:



The Max Planck Institute fuer Radioastromie (MPIfR) is organizing a school on single-dish radio astronomy. The school will be held in 2010 from Monday, September 27 through Friday, October 1 at the MPIfR in Bonn, Germany. The school is intended to train graduate students and astronomers from other fields in the fundamental techniques and applications of single-dish, centimeter- and longer-wavelength radio astronomy, including hands-on experience in acquiring and processing data from current single-dish European telescopes.

The school will be limited to approximately 50 students. The application deadline is June 1st 2010, but students are encouraged to register early, as the school will operate on a first-come, first-served basis. A registration fee of 150 euros will cover lunches during the school (including a bar-b-que at Effelsberg), bus travel to Effelsberg for observations, coffee breaks, and the school banquet dinner. Students are expected to cover the cost of travel to Bonn, lodging, and other meals. Participants who register for lodging through the school website will receive a voucher for free public transportation within Bonn for the length of their stay. Limited financial assistance, including some RadioNet support, will be available. Students requiring financial assistance should indicate this on their registration form. Application forms for financial assistance will be sent to the students at a later date. For more information visit:



IRAM will organize this year its 7th 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 4-8th, 2010. It is intended for PhD students, post-docs and scientists who want to acquire a good knowledge of interferometry and data reduction techniques at millimeter wavelengths. The program will include lectures on: Fundamentals of millimeter interferometry - Atmospheric phase correction - Data calibration and imaging techniques - The IRAM Plateau de Bure interferometer - The Atacama Large Submillimeter/Millimeter Array (ALMA)

This event is supported by RadioNet and is part of the activities of the IRAM node of the European ALMA Regional Center (ARC). Registration is free of charge but the school can accept only up to 60 participants. A limited budget will be available for travel support. Further details including a link to the registration form will soon be available on this web page. The registration deadline is September 1st 2010, but interested participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible, since past experience suggests a rapid oversubscription. For any inquiry, please contact the organizing committee at school2010@iram.fr


IMPRS Heidelberg and the Landesstiftung BW invites graduate students and postdocs to its 5th Heidelberg Summer School. This year's school is entitled "First Stars and Cosmic Reionization" and it is centered on physical processes in the early universe and the question how the first stars and galaxies terminated the cosmic dark ages through the process of reionization. It will take place on September 6-10, 2010 in the Max Planck House in Heidelberg, Germany.

The school aims at giving a comprehensive overview of our current understanding of the formation of the first and second generation of stars in the universe and the build-up of the first galaxies. It addresses the process of reionization, its physical origin and evolution in time, and current and future observations that help to gain deeper insight into this important epoch of cosmic evolution. The registration deadline is July 1st 2010, but interested participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible. For more information you may visit:



The following meetings will take place in Greece. Please check the corresponding web page or contact the organizers by e-mail for more information.


This Newsletter was sent to all members of Hel.A.S. who have e-mail access. The next edition of the Newsletter will be mailed around June 1st 2010. Please send your announcements (e.g. appointments/departures, job openings, research opportunities, awards, conferences in Greece) or comments before May 25, 2010. If you do not wish to receive future issues of this Newsletter or the e-mail address to which it was sent is not your preferred one, please inform the Secretary of Hel.A.S.


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