No 34 – 20/01/2017

SGAA/SSAA News No 34 – 20/01/2017
1. Saas-Fee Lecture 2017 on SUPERNOVAE -12-18 2017, Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland
2. Travel support SSAA – invitation to apply for grants, deadline 1rst of March
3. Call for “Astronomy Outreach” projects, deadline 1rst of March
4. Call for for MERAC Funding and Travel Awards 
5. Next General Assembly of the SSAA, Zürich , 5-6 October 2017
1. 47th “Saas-Fee Advanced Course” of the Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy (SSAA)



March 12-18 2017, Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland


Alicia Soderberg (Harvard) : Observations of supernovae
Friedrich Röpke (Heidelberg) : Thermonuclear supernovae
Christopher Fryer (Los Alamos) : Core-collapse supernovae

2. Travel support SSAA – invitation to apply for grants (total amount to distribute CHF 5000.-)

In 2017 the SSAA (Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy) will
have some money from the sc|nat available for travel money for young scientists.

The SSAA now invites applicants to apply until March 1rst 2017
to with copy

The request should provide the date, place, and the reason for the
travel, as well as the cost to be covered by the SSAA. 

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

2. Call for “Astronomy Outreach” projects

In 2017, 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 organization
of events, and alike. Projects will be funded on a competitive basis.

Please send a brief project description and your budget request
to with copy

The deadline for the call is: March 31, 2017.
Requests may also be supported outside this call, if funding permits.


4. Call for MERAC Funding and Travel Awards 

The SSAA is pleased to announce the 2017 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 (March 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 
to with copy

6. Next General Assembly of the SSAA will be held in Zürich on 5-6 october 2017.


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