No 24 – 25/06/13

****************CALL FOR APPLICATIONS********************

- 1) MERAC call: DEADLINE 1st September, 2013
- 2) outreach call: 1st October, 2013

**************** MEETINGS            ********************

- 3) Joint meeting of Swiss and Austrian Physics, 
       Astrophysics & Astronomy Societies, September 3-6, 2013, Linz
- 4) SSAA GA, October 11, 2013, Basel
- 5) IAU symposium 307, 23 June to 27 June 2014, Geneva
- 6) EWASS2014, 30 June to 4 July 2014, Geneva 
(DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING Symposia or Special Sessions: -->> 19 july 2013<<---)


1. Call for for MERAC Funding and Travel Awards 

The SSAA is pleased to announce its second call for MERAC awards.

Starting this year the SSAA committee will distribute Funding and Travel 
Awards (20'000 Euro in total) sponsored by Foundation MERAC (Mobilising 
European Research in Astrophysics and Cosmology), a nonprofit foundation 
in Switzerland to recognize, encourage and promote the research and 
mobility of young European Astrophysicists and Cosmologists.

The first recipients of the MERAC awards are listed here:

The objectives of the grants are to cover travel costs, participation 
at international conferences, short stays abroad, costs for collaborations, 
or alike, to support the development of research projects by young 
astrophysicists. The grants do not cover expenses for scientific apparatus 
or equipment.

The grants are subject to the following conditions:
- The grantee must be employed by or affiliated with a Swiss research 
  institute or University.
- The grants must be used to cover project costs, not or only partially 
  covered by other institutions. 
- The grant has to be used within two years, after which unused funding 
  must be reimbursed to the SSAA.
- The grantee provides the SSAA with a financial report and short final 
  report on the use of the grant.  
- The grantee allows the MERAC Foundation to make his/her biography and 
  project summary public.

Applications will be received twice per year (february 1, and september 1). 
They must include a short biography, a research project description with 
a summary, and a budget estimate. In case of a multiple applications, the 
list of other solicited funds shall be given. The applications should be 
limited to a maximum of 5 pages, in a single pdf file, to be sent to the 
Secretary of the SSAA, Georges Meynet (

For the SSAA, Daniel Schaerer

2. Call for "Astronomy Outreach" projects

The SSAA offers financial support of up to 5000 CHF for projects on 
Astronomy Outreach.

Funding is possible for diverse outreach projects, including support for
exhibitions, the preparation of material for schools, the organisation
of events, and alike. Projects will be funded on a competitive basis.

Please send a brief project description and your budget request

The deadline for the call is: 1 oct, 2013.
Requests may also be supported outside this call, if funding permits.


3. Joint meeting of Swiss and Austrian Physics, Astrophysics & Astronomy
Societies, September 3-6, 2013, in Linz

A joint meeting of the Swiss Physical Society, the Austrian Physical
Society, the Austrian Society for Astronomy and Astrophysics, and the
SSAA will take place september 3-6, 2013, in Linz (Austria).

The program consists of plenary speeches, topical sessions, and
additional events. A special session on "Habitable Worlds: From
Detection to Characterization" will be held Thursday, 5 sept.
We look forward to see many of you there!

Registration deadline:  1 august 2013
Consult the meeting website


4. SSAA General Assembly: call for PhD talks, Saas-Fee proposals

During the general assembly, held 11 october 2013 at the University
of Basel, some time will be reserved for short oral presentations of
PhD talks.

To apply, persons defending their PhD in 2012 or 2013, are
invited to send a title + short abstract to the Secretary
(e-mail below) before 22 august 2013.

Also, the selection of the Saas-Fee course 2015 will be done at this
General Assembly. We look forward to receiving interesting proposals. 
If possible, please contact the SSAA secretary in advance.

The final program of the assembly will be circulated in September
and posted on the SSAA Website. 


5. IAU Symposium 307, Geneva, 23 June to 27 June 2014


See the web page for more information


Georges Meynet


6. EWASS 2014: European Week of Astronomy and Space Science in Geneva

The European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS 2014) will take place
in Geneva, Switzerland, from 30 June to 4 July 2014. The meeting will be
organised by the EAS at the International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG).

The call for proposals to organise Symposia and Special Sessions at EWASS 2014
is open until Friday, 19 July 2013.

For further information on the submission of Expressions of Interest to organise
Symposia and Special Sessions, please refer to the EAS e-News 2013-05 at:

Marc Türler (for the LOC)


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