No 26 – 18/12/13

SGAA/SSAA News No 26 - 18/12/2013
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1.  Travel support SSAA - invitation to apply for grants
2.  Call for "Astronomy Outreach" projects
3.  SSAA funding call for projects
4.  Call for for MERAC Funding and Travel Awards 
5.  Prix A.F. Schlaefli SCNAT 2014
6.  44th Saas-Fee Advanced Course, registration deadline 23 jan 2014
7.  Swiss Cosmology Day, 6-7 february 2014, Zurich
8.  IAU Symposium on "New windows on massive stars", 23-27 june 2014, Geneva 
9.  European Week of Astronomy and Space Sciences 2014, 30 june-4 july, Geneva
10. General Assembly 2013 material on the Web
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1. Travel support SSAA - invitation to apply for grants

In 2014 the SSAA (Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy) will
have some money from the sc|nat available for travel grants.
The SSAA now invites applicants to apply until February 21, 2014
to daniel.schaererunige.ch (Daniel Schaerer, Observatoire de Geneve).
The request should provide the date, place, and the reason for the
travel, as well as the cost to be covered by the SSAA. There are two
types of travel grants:

(a) international collaboration (CHF 5000.-)

Travel money for international collaboration is preferentially given for
travels to meetings where Swiss participation is considered to be
useful, for visits at other institutions (for research projects), and
observing runs. The person should be a SGAA member and an active
researcher in astrophysics.

(b) support for young scientists (CHF 5000.-)

Travel money for young scientists is given preferentially to Ph.D.
students but also young Post-Docs, whereby the money may be used for
observing runs, visits to other institutions, conferences, research
schools etc. In the application it should be clarified in a few words
why this travel is important for the research project of the applicant.
Particularly encouraged to apply are young researchers who are in a
situation where it is not so easy to get the money from other
institutions.
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2. Call for "Astronomy Outreach" projects

In 2014, the SSAA offers financial support of up to 8000 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
to daniel.schaererunige.ch.

The deadline for the call is: March 31, 2014.
Requests may also be supported outside this call, if funding permits.

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3. SSAA funding call for projects

Following the decision at its past General Assembly, the SSAA offers
support of up to 5-8 kCHF per year for the organization of meetings
and related activities, organised by Swiss astrophysicists.

Please send a brief project description and your budget request
before February 21, 2014 to Daniel Schaerer (daniel.schaererunige.ch).

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4. Call for MERAC Funding and Travel Awards 

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

Since 2013 the SSAA committee distributes 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:
http://www.ssaa.ch/index.php?page=actualites&hl=eng

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 (georges.meynetunige.ch).
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5. Prix A.F. Schlaefli SCNAT 2014

The renowned Prix A. F. Schlaefli 2014 will be awarded by the 
Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) for an excellent scientific contribution 
in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Eligible for nomination are young researchers of Swiss nationality. 
The candidates should have defended their doctoral thesis after 
January 1st, 2011. Self nominations are also accepted. 

For more details see

www.scnat.ch/d/Preise/Prix_Schlaefli/Ausschreibung/

Prize sum is CHF 5000.–
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6. 44th Saas-Fee Advanced Course, registration deadline 23 jan 2014

The 44th "Saas-Fee Advanced Course" on COSMOLOGY WITH WIDE-FIELD SURVEYS
will take place 2-7 March 2014, in Engelberg, Switzerland.
The regular registration is open until 23 january 2014.

For more details visit http://saasfee2014.epfl.ch

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7. Swiss Cosmology Day, 6-7 february 2014, Zurich

This is to remind you of the next Swiss Cosmology days taking place on 
6-7. February 2014 at ETH Zürich (Campus Hönggerberg). 

Further information can be found here: 
http://www.astro.ethz.ch/refregier/news/Events/Swiss_cosmology_days

The Swiss Cosmology Days are open to all researchers in Cosmology working in 
Swiss Institutions.

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8. IAU Symposium on "New windows on massive stars", 23-27 june 2014, Geneva 

The IAU Symposium 307 on "New windows on massive stars: asteroseismology,
interferometry, and spectropolarimetry", will be held 27-30 june 2014, at
the Geneva University.

Pre-registration is possible. Registration opens 1 jan 2014. 
For more information consult http://obswww.unige.ch/Conferences/IAU307/

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9. European Week of Astronomy and Space Sciences 2014, 30 june-4 july, Geneva

The next European Week of Astronomy and Space Sciences (EWASS2014) will
take place 30 june - 4 july, in Geneva  at the International Conference Centre.

The program will various plenary talks, symposia, special sessions and meetings
is available on http://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2014/program.jsp

Registration and abstract submission will open early-January 2014.
For more information see http://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2014/index.jsp

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10. General Assembly 2013 material on the Web

The material (reports, presentations etc.) of the 2013 General Assembly 
of the SSAA, held 11 oct 2013 at the Uni Basel, are available on the SSAA 
website at http://www.ssaa.ch/index.php?page=assemblee-2013&hl=eng

The SSAA committee welcomes Prasenjit Saha (UniZH) as new Vicepresident 
and thanks the outgoing Michael Meyer (ETHZ) for his contributions.

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