Hel.A.S. Newsletter 73 - March 2004


                           ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER
             NUMBER 73                              March 2004

  E-mail: elaset@astro.auth.gr      WWW: http://www.astro.auth.gr/elaset

  1. Short News
  2. Candidates for the GC of HelAS
  3. Finland Joins ESO
  4. The NEON Archive Observing School
  5. Educational Video on Nucleosynthesis Available for FREE
  6. Launching of Rosetta Spececraft
  7. Upcoming Astronomy meetings in Greece
  8. About this newsletter.


    A new scientific association was formed by the previous/current 
  holders of the EC Marie Curie fellowships. The website of the Greek 
  section of this Marie Curie Fellowships Association is : 
  http://www.mariecurie.org/el/.  We congradulate our member Dr. Emilios 
  Harlaftis (NOA) who was recently elected as its president. 
    An academic ranking of world's Universities for 2003 appeared in 
  CORDIS FOCUS http://www.cordis.lu/focus/en/ (Issue of 26-1-2004) and 
  can be found in : http://ed.sjtu.edu.cn/ranking.htm


    As announced in the previous newsletter the deadline for nominations 
  of candidates for the Governing Council of HelAS, was February 29th. 
  The nominations received from many members of HelAS by the Secretary are: 

   - Candidate for President:

   o Laskarides Pavlos
     Position: Professor, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Athens
   - Candidates for the Governing Council:

   o Tsinganos Kanaris
     Position: Professor, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Athens
   o Geroyannis, Vassilis
     Position: Professor, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Patras
   o Daglis Ioannis
     Position: Research Director, National Observatory of Athens 
   o Dara, Eleni
     Position: Research Director, Research Center for Astronomy and Applied 
     Mathematics, Academy of Athens
   o Kokkotas Konstantinos
     Position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Thessaloniki  
   o Moussas Xenophon
     Position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Athens
   o Vlahos Loukas 
     Position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Thessaloniki
   o Hatzidimitriou Despoina
     Position: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Crete      
   o Kontiza Maria
     Position: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Athens
   o Theodossiou Efstratios
     Position: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Athens  
   o Georgantopoulos Ioannis
     Position: Senior Researcher, National Observatory of Athens 

 - Candidates for Auditors:
   o Mavromichalaki, Eleni
     Position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Athens
   o Danezis Manos
     Position: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Athens
   o Stergioulas Nikolaos
     Position: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Thessaloniki
   o Grammenos Theofanis
     Position: P.D. 407 Professor, University of Thessaly
   o Manimanis Vassilios
     Position: Researcher, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Athens
   o Xilouris Manolis
     Position: Assistant Researcher, National Observatory of Athens 

   The information the candidates may provide on their profile will 
  be given in a future electronic newsletter.  

   On the 9th of February 2004, during a ceremony at the European
 Southern Observatory (ESO) Headquarters in Garching (Germany), an
 Agreement was signed by the Finnish Minister of Education and
 Science, Ms. Tuula Haatainen and the ESO Director General,
 Dr. Catherine Cesarsky. Following subsequent ratification by the
 Finnish Parliament of the ESO Convention and the associated
 protocols, it is foreseen that Finland will formally join ESO on July
 1, 2004, becoming its eleventh member state.

  More information on this event can be found at:


   Hopefully the conditions will be such that Greece will also be able
 to join ESO in the future. As a reminder to our members this was
 considered the top priority for Greek astronomy in the report to the
 Greek National Committee for Astronomy by an external committee
 chaired by Prof. Yervant in 1998. This report was made public during
 the meeting "Astronomy in Greece at the Gates of the 21st Century",
 which was organized at the National Observatory of Athens on the 12th
 of November 1998, and it is available at:



   The fourth Neon school (or first one in the new series) will take
 place at ESO-Garching (Germany) from July 14 to 24, 2004. The
 registration deadline is April 30th, 2004. For more information


   The principles are the same as in previous schools: introductory
 lectures on topics of general interest, work in small groups,
 execution of a real research project, presentation of the results at
 the end of the school.  However, instead of using new data obtained at
 the telescope, the scientific programs will be conceived around the
 use of archival data, from ground telescopes or from space
 observatories.  Emphasis will therefore be put specifically on the
 analysis of data quality and on multi-wavelength research.

   Financial conditions: due to the lack of EU funding, participating
 students are expected to pay their travel expenses, and board and
 lodging expenses themselves (from their home institution money).  The
 school will however be free of charges.

   The school is open to PhD students or post-docs with limited
 observing experience from all over Europe (including the far east).
 A limited amount of financial support is available for students
 coming from countries/institutes with small resources.


   The educational video on nucleosynthesis "Element Genesis - Solving the 
 Mystery ", by RIKEN (The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research)
 of Japan is available for distribution. Produced by RIKEN two years ago, 
 this 34-minute educational science video discusses nuclear astrophysics 
 focusing on the birth of the elements. Distribution of the English edition 
 for use in educational institutions is now available free of charge from 
 RIKEN to colleges and other academic institutions.  This release is for a 
 limited number of VHS videotapes for France, Russia, Greece, and any other 
 countries where are suitable for SECAM format.  If you would be interesting 
 in using this video, information on the video and application for academic 
 distribution is provided at: http://www.rarf.riken.go.jp/video/

  The one billion Euros European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft 
 was successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana on the 2nd of March. 
 Rosetta will be the first craft to both chase and land on a comet. 
 Rosetta comprises a large orbiter and a small lander. Between them, the 
 two components are carrying 20 scientific instruments designed to complete 
 the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted. The instruments include: 
 an ultraviolet imaging spectrometer; a grain impact analyser and dust 
 accumulator; a micro-imaging analysis system; an alpha proton x-ray spectrometer; 
 an evolved gas analyser and a RoLand magnetometer and plasma monitor. The 
 spacecraft and upper stage remained in the Earth's orbit for around two hours 
 after lift-off. The upper stage then ignited to boost Rosetta into its 
 interplanetary trajectory and separated from the spacecraft. The spacecraft 
 will now set off on its long Solar System journey that will take it around 
 the Sun four times, around Mars once (2007), the Earth three times (2005, 
 2007, 2009), and into the asteroid belt twice. The target of the mission, 
 Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gersimenko, has a nucleus about four kilometres wide 
 and orbits around the Sun every 6.6 years. Rosetta will orbit the Comet, 
 observing what happens as the icy nucleus approaches the Sun and then moves 
 away from it. Rosetta's industrial team involves more than 50 contractors 
 from 14 European countries and the US. For further information, you may consult 
 the following web address: http://www.esa.int/export/SPECIALS/Rosetta/index.html


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


      ''The Environments of Galaxies:from Kiloparsecs to Megaparsecs"
 		       Chania, Crete 9-13 August 2004
                             More information at: 



   This Newsletter was edited by Vassilis Charmandaris and Kanaris
 Tsinganos. It was forwarded to the 228, out of the 253, members of
 Hel.A.S. who have e-mail access.

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