No 41 – 12/02/2019

SGAA/SSAA News No 41 – 12/02/2019

1. Registration in the new SSAA website–the EAS membership–SSAA annual fee payment

2. Travel support SSAA – invitation to apply for grants (total amount to distribute CHF 5000.-)
3. Call for “Astronomy Outreach” projects
4. Call for MERAC Funding and Travel Awards
5. E. A. Müller Award 2019 (candidates are all young astronomer having presented her/his thesis in 2018)

1. Registration in the new SSAA website and the EAS membership


Each member of the SSAA is invited to register on the new website and to provide his/her contact details. This will ensure that the SSAA has your correct contact information.

You can directly access the registration page here

European Astronomical Society (EAS) MEMBERSHIP

The EAS offers to any member of the SSAA working as a researcher in astrophysics to become a member of the EAS for free.

SSAA members that are currently Individual members of the EAS need also to tick this box if they wish to have the free membership via the SSAA. Otherwise, they will be considered as paying members in 2019 (40 EUR).

The benefits of EAS membership can be found on the EAS page. In particular, EAS members profit from discount registration fees for EWASS. Note that EAS only validates EAS membership of opting-in SSAA members after they receive the list from the SSAA. Therefore, if you register to EWASS 2019 before, they will not validate SSAA members unless they were members of EAS in 2018. The list will be sent by the SSAA to the EAS after February 15 2019.

By ticking the box–> YES, I want to be an EAS member via the SSAA–, you agree that the SSAA transmits your detailed information to the EAS Office, and you agree that the EAS will make use of these data for EAS-related matters only.

The EAS will also publish your first and last names, institution, and country on its EAS website, behind a login. The EAS Office will send login details in early 2019.

Annual membership payment through the webpage

The 30 CHF annual SSAA membership payment can be made online.

You can also set an automatic annual payment by clicking on the ‘Subscribe’ button


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

In 2019 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 15th 2019 by email to the president with copy to the secretary.

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 institutions.

3. Call for “Astronomy Outreach” projects

In 2019, 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 the president with copy to the secretary.

The deadline for the call is: March 15th, 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 2019 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 are received twice per year (March 15, and september 15).
They must include
1) a short biography,
2) a research project description with a summary,
3) a budget estimate.
4) 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 president with copy to the secretary.
5. 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 is 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.

Students having presented a PhD thesis in Switzerland in 2018 (for the Award 2019).

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 secretary before the third week of June (deadline for receiving applications in 2019 is Friday June 14 2019).

The application must contain:
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.


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