No 38 – 18/05/2018

SGAA/SSAA News No 38 – 18/05/2018
1. The Edith Alice Müller Award 
2. Call for for MERAC Funding and Travel Awards
3. The third Swiss SKA meeting, June 11 and 12  at FHNW near Zurich
4. A new website for the SSAA
5. Next General Assembly of the SSAA, Bern, 12 October 2018, call for oral talks
1. The Edith Alice Müller Award

In order to celebrate, in 2018, the half-century of the Swiss Society of Astronomy
and Astrophysics (SSAA), the SSAA Committee decided to create a yearly
award rewarding one astronomer, author of an excellent PhD thesis.

It will be named the Edith Alice Müller Award in recognition for the scientific
research done by Edith Alice Müller (1918-1995) on the composition of the Sun
and for her involvement in promoting Astrophysics at the international level.
She was the first woman to be appointed General Secretary of the International
Astronomical Union (see more on the biography of Edith Alice Müller on the flyer
attached to the present mail).

Students having presented a PhD thesis in Switzerland in 2017 (Award 2018).

To promote high quality astrophysical thesis in Switzerland and support the
access to this field of science for both female and male young researchers.

The awardee will receive a sum of CHF 1 000.– and a diploma.

Submission for the Edith Alice Müller Award must be sent to the following
address : before the third week of June 
(deadline for receiving applications in 2018 is Friday June 15 2018).
Needed :

1. A letter of the thesis supervisor that describes the thesis
2. The thesis manuscript
3. A CV of the candidate
4. A list of publications of the candidate

The SSAA will announce the name of the awardee during the third week of
September. The award will be officially delivered at the yearly General Assembly
of the Society.


2. Call for MERAC Funding and Travel Awards 

The SSAA is pleased to announce the 2018 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 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 are received twice per year (March 1, and September 1). 
Thus the next deadline is September 1 2018.

Applications 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 
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3. The third Swiss SKA meeting, June 11 and 12  at FHNW near Zurich

The third Swiss SKA meeting will take place on  June 11 and 12  at FHNW near Zurich.

In order to participate and contribute through a presentation, please fill this Form:

[you need to “ end” then check your information and then “record” – if you do not “record” the information will be lost]. 

For regular participation please fill the form before June 4, 2018.

More information on

4. A new website for the SSAA

A first version of a new website for the Society is accessible on line at the address

It is still a work in progress that will be be achieved this september.
A special e-news on some aspects of the new webpage will be sent this autumn.
5. Next General Assembly of the SSAA, Bern, 12 October 2018

Any PhD students, post-doc who would like to give a talk during the
General Assembly can submit a title and a short abstract before
June 30 2018 to to 
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