Hel.A.S. Newsletter 196 - June 2014

  1. Short News
  2. HEL.A.S. Elections
  3. Talk by L. Vlahos in the Hel.A.S. General Assembly
  4. IAU membership
  5. PhD Tree
  6. The Hel.A.S. Poll for the Conference dates
  7. Upcoming Astronomy Meetings in Greece
  8. About this Newsletter

The Solar-Terrestrial Sciences (ST) Division recently convened in Vienna and Dr. Olga Malandraki was selected as "Deputy President" of the Division of Solar-Terrestrial (ST) Sciences of the European Geosciences Union (EGU).

We would like to congratulate Dr. S. Basilakos who was recently awarded an "Honorable Mention" in the 2014 Essay Competition of "Gravity Research Foundation".

2. HEL.A.S. Elections

All Ordinary and Junior members of Hel.A.S. who are eligible to vote must have received a letter from the Society by the end of this month. Please check your mailboxes! The letter will include the agenda of the 32nd General Assembly of Hel.A.S., as well as the ballots and instructions from the Secretary on the voting process. Please read these instructions carefully and mail your ballots early, as they have to arrive at the hands of the Secretary before the 12th of June 2014.

We would like to remind all our members that they must send to the Secretary, as soon as possible, any applications for new members who wish to join our Society and/or any applications for change of status for existing members. All applications must be approved by the General Assembly of Hel.A.S. in June.


As it is customary, there will be a talk before the start of the Society's G.A. on June 13th. This year's talk will be given by L. Vlahos, Professor at the Physics Department of the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. The talk will begin at 12:00 noon, in the same room where the General Assembly will take place. The title of the talk is: "Unresolved problems in our understanding of the Solar activity" (more info can be found in our web page under "News and Events"). All members are strongly encouraged to read the related abstract, and attend the talk.

4. IAU membership

The Greek National Committee for Astronomy is the official representative of Greece to the International Astronomical Union (IAU), and is authorized to propose, at each General Assembly, Greek Astronomers as candidate members of the IAU. The XXIX General Assembly of the IAU will take place in Honolulu, Hawaii United States, in August 2015. Greek scientists who are not yet IAU members, and fulfill the ΙΑU membership criteria, are requested to read the relevant information at http://www.astro.noa.gr/gnca/international.html#iau.


We would like to bring to your attention PhDTree, an initiative to document the academic family tree of PhDs worldwide, both past and present. The goal of the project is to build the most comprehensive academic genealogy Wiki for every discipline. The project is a crowd-sourced wiki website: anyone can create new profiles or edit existing profiles. The interface is intuitive and very easy to use. The PhDTree database, which includes already over 2.5 million records, with almost 100,000 records in the Physics category, is populated with most notable historic figures as well as contemporary scientists mostly from north America and the UK. This is due to the publicly available records of the PhD holders from the accrediting institutions in these regions.

Currently there is a lack of entries of PhDs awarded from institutions across continental Europe. There will be efforts by the European Astronomical Society, as well as other national societies to remedy that. However, we would like to strongly encourage the members of HelAS to visit the web site in order to include and/or update their record. More information is available at:



We would like to remind our members that the doodle where we can express our opinion regarding the dates of our Conference's is still open. It will be closed by the end of June (the new G.C. of the Society will have to decide the dates for the next Conference of the Society soon after that).


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 July 1st, 2014. Please send your announcements (e.g. appointments/departures, job openings, research opportunities, awards, conferences in Greece) or comments before June 28, 2014. 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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