Hel.A.S. Newsletter 278 - April 2021

APRIL 2021 - TOPICS
 
  1. Short News
  2. Upcoming 15th Conference of Hel.A.S.
  3. Emilios Harlaftis best PhD prize
  4. Early-career Seminars of HelAS
  5. Facilitating the networking between members
  6. ESA Archival Research Visitor Programme (Deadline 30 April 2021)
  7. Ancient Asteroids Observation Campaign
  8. Monthly Colloquium of HelAS
  9. Upcoming Astronomy Meetings in Greece
  10. About this Newsletter
1. Short News

We would like to congratulate Ms. Vasileia Aspasia Masoura, who recently defended successfully her PhD at the University of Thessaloniki. Her thesis was entitled "The coevolution of the AGNs and their host galaxies" and it was completed under the supervision of Dr. I. Georgantopoulos and Prof. M. Plionis. The Society extends its best wishes for further success in her professional pursuits.

We would like to congratulate Mr. Achilles Strantzalis, who recently defended successfully his PhD at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His thesis was entitled "Study of the stellar and cluster populations in the central regions of the Small Magellanic Cloud" and it was completed under the supervision of Prof. Despina Hatzidimitriou. The Society extends its best wishes for further success in his professional pursuits.

We would like to congratulate Dr. Zoi Spetsieri, a member of Hel.A.S, who was selected to work on the ERC Starting Grant project “H1PStars” (PI: Dr. Anderson), at the Laboratory of Astrophysics, of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Dr. Spetsieri will start this 3-year position on July 1, 2021.

The minutes of the last meeting of the Governing Council are available here.

 
2. Upcoming 15th Conference of Hel.A.S.

All members are encouraged to register and submit their abstracts for the upcoming 15th Conference of HelAS. The deadline of abstract submission is just a month away, on April 30, 2021. As it was mentioned already in our previous newsletter, due to the restrictions associated with the covid pandemic, the conference will take place virtually, with a minimal registration fee.

 
3. Emilios Harlaftis best PhD prize

The Governing Council studied carefully the applications of the candidates and choose George Valogiannis (PhD 2020 Cornell Univ., USA), currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Dept. of Physics of Harvard University (USA), for the "Emilos Harlaftis Best PhD award of 2021". His PhD thesis was entitled "Testing gravity with cosmology: efficient simulations, novel statistics and analytical approaches". The GC was very pleased to notice the high quality of the research conducted by all candidates and it would like to congratulate all of them for the scientific results they obtained during the short amount time of a PhD thesis.

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4. Early-career Seminars of HelAS.

Motivated by the Monthly Colloquium of HelAS, the GS decided to also support the “Early-career Seminars of HelAS”, an idea proposed by a group of junior members of the Society. The goal is that a group of early-career members of the Society organize, on a regular basis and under the auspices of HelAS, virtual talks. Junior member of the Society and postdoctoral researchers up to two years from their thesis defense will be encouraged to present their work, so that they obtain valuable experience, talking in front of an audience. Moreover, everyone in our community will have the chance to hear about the latest research of the next generation of our scientists. Those interested to participate in this effort are invited to fill in the following form:

https://forms.gle/kBg3q2cSKjG2zQHk6

in order to organize a telecon during which the details of the seminars will be discussed.

 
5. Facilitating the networking between members

The Governing Council of our Society, responding to requests it received, is planning to explore an action which is expected to facilitate the networking between members of our Society who are in the early stages of their career and are in between academic positions. A dedicated space in the web page of Hel.A.S. will be created, in which we will present a list with the names of our members (including a link to their CV) who wish to take advantage of this opportunity. In this manner other members of the Society who have funded projects and wish to recruit people will have an easy access to a list of scientists that may be available. Any member who wishes to explore this opportunity is requested to contact the Secretary.

 
6. ESA Archival Research Visitor Programme (Deadline 30 April 2021)

European Space Agency (ESA) welcomes applications from scientists interested in pursuing research projects on data publicly available in the ESA Space Science Archives http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/esdc. Applications received before 30 April 2021 will be considered for visits in autumn/winter (2021/2022). For further details, including areas of research and contact information, please refer to: http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/esdc/visitor-programme.

 
7. Ancient Asteroids Observing Campaign

The Principal Investigator of the "Ancient Asteroids project", and member of our Society, Kosmas Gazeas, invites professional and amateur astronomers to contribute to an observing campaign of ancient asteroids. Please visit the link: http://users.uoa.gr/~kgaze/research_asteroids_en.html for more information.

 
8. Monthly Colloquium of HelAS

We are happy to announce that the April 2021 colloquium speaker is Dr. Yannis Zouganelis. As usual, videos of all past colloquia are available in the Youtube channel of the Society. Details of the upcoming colloquium follow:


7th Monthly Colloquium of HelAS - 13 April 2021
"The Solar Orbiter mission — Exploring the Sun and heliosphere"
by
Dr. Yannis Zouganelis

Tuesday, 13 April 2021 at 18:00 Athens time (UTC + 3:00)

Click for ZOOM link
(Meeting ID: 991 1119 4990 and Passcode: 785226)

Abstract: Solar Orbiter, launched on 10 February 2020, is a space mission of international collaboration between ESA and NASA. It is exploring the linkage between the Sun and the heliosphere and has started to collect unique data at solar distances down to 0.49 AU. By ultimately approaching as close as 0.28 AU, Solar Orbiter will view the Sun with very high spatial resolution and combine this with in-situ measurements of the surrounding heliosphere. Over the course of the mission, the highly elliptical orbit will get progressively more inclined to the ecliptic plane. Thanks to this new perspective, Solar Orbiter will deliver images and comprehensive data of the unexplored Sun’s polar regions and the side of the Sun not visible from Earth. This talk will provide an overview of the Solar Orbiter mission and highlight its first science results.


 
9. Upcoming Astronomy Meetings in Greece
10. About this Newsletter

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 May 1, 2021.  Please send your announcements (e.g., appointments / departures, job openings, research opportunities, awards, conferences in Greece) or comments before April 25, 2021. 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. at secretary@helas.gr.

 


 
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