No 33 – 22/08/2016

SGAA/SSAA News No 33 – 22/08/2016
1. General Assembly in Davos (6-7 October 2016, Registration until 25 September)
2. Call for MERAC Funding (DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 1rst)
3. Call for “Astronomy Outreach” projects (DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30)
4. 1st Swiss SCOSTEP workshop, 4-5 October 2016, ISSI Bern
1. General Assembly in Davos (6-7 October 2016, Registration until 25 September)
The next General Assembly of the SSAA will be held in Davos
from Thursday 6 October (beginning at 2pm) until Friday 7 October (end at 12:15).
The website of the meeting is
The GA will be hosted by the <<Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos-
World Radiation Center>>.
The selection of the Saas-Fee course 2018 will be done at this
General Assembly. We look forward to receiving interesting proposals.
If possible, please contact the SSAA secretary in advance.
If you plan to attend the assembly, please register at the website below
(DEADLINE September 25)”, Thanks.
On the website you will find
–> the program of the meeting
–> All practical details to prepare your travel (train schedule, hotel booking)
–> subscription for the social dinner on Thursday 6 October
–> subscription for the visit of the pmod/wrc
–> you can download a high resolution poster (see below) for posting in your institute
2. Call for MERAC Funding (DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 1rst)
The SSAA is pleased to announce the 2016 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 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
3. Call for “Astronomy Outreach” projects
In 2016, 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 to
(Kevin Schawinski).
The deadline for the call is: september 30, 2015.
Requests may also be supported outside this call, if funding permits.
4. 1st Swiss SCOSTEP workshop, 4-5 October 2016, ISSI Bern
The Scientific Committee on Solar Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP) is
an international organization with the goal of strengthening and
promoting international solar-terrestrial physics research. As of 2016
Switzerland is a member of SCOSTEP and a National Committee has been
established with the goal of promoting and representing the
solar-terrestrial community within Switzerland and internationally.
This workshop aims at bringing together Swiss scientists with an interest
in solar-terrestrial physics, covering the topics of fundamental
solar physics, solar variability, Sun-Earth relations, and future
missions and observations. It encourages a lively exchange between
participants to identify synergies, foster collaborations, and strengthen the community.
More information and registration on
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