No 1 – 19/12/06

1. Welcome: New SGAA/SSAA messages
2. The SSOM Engelberg Lectures on Optics 2007, 5-7 March 2007, Engelberg
3. 37th Saas-Fee course: final reminder
4. Astronet Symposium: A Science Vision for European Astronomy in the
Next 20 Years, January 23-25, 2007, Poitiers, France

1. Welcome: New SGAA/SSAA messages

Dear colleagues,

>From now on the Swiss Society for Astronomy and Astrophysics
(SGAA/SSAA) will distribute information concerning Swiss
astronomers via a mailing list on an irregular basis.
As a member of the SGAA/SSAA you receive this message.

The main objective is to circulate e.g. information from the
Society, the commissions for Space Research and Astronomy,
the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), the Swiss Space Office,
etc., general information concerning Swiss astromy (e.g. news from
the Roadmap and the new Networks), and similar news to the
professional astronomers.

Furthermore announcements of workshops, schools, conferences,
special lectures and alike organised in Switzerland or by
Swiss astronomers are also welcome.

If you have or receive information of interest to the SGAA/SSAA
members please send it to the SGAA/SSAA secretary following the
instructions given below. An archive of the SGAA/SSAA messages
will also be set up on the Webpage of the Society.

We hope that you will find these messages useful. If you do not
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With our best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
Your SGAA/SSAA committee,
Daniel Schaerer, Thomas Schildknecht,
Hans Martin Schmid, Werner Schmutz


2. The SSOM Engelberg Lectures on Optics 2007, 5-7 March 2007, Engelberg

3rd Announcement - The SSOM Engelberg Lectures on Optics 2007
"Photonics in Space: a Challenge for Modern Technologies"
5-7 March 2007, Hotel Regina Titlis, Engelberg, Switzerland
Organised by: Swiss Society for Optics and Microscopy SSOM
Swiss Space Office SSO

Switzerland plays a strong and active role within the space programmes
of the European Space Agency (ESA) and contributes about 135 Million
Swiss Francs to these each year. Swiss companies and institutes
participate in many current and upcoming programs. The cooperation is
fruitful for both sides: ESA benefits from the technological
competence of Swiss institutions, while the latter are challenged by
the space projects? requirement for cutting edge technologies. The aim
of this workshop is to encourage more Swiss institutes and companies
to participate in space projects.

To this end, the Swiss Space Office will provide information about
existing ESA programmes and policies and sketch future technology
needs. The workshop will focus on Photonics: Experts will explain
novel ways of taking astronomical measurements at extreme wavelengths,
describe new and advanced imaging methods and illustrate the central
role played by time and frequency measurements in many applications.

A special session will provide an update on modern optical production
techniques, with emphasis on the high-end aspherical components
required for new terrestrial and space instruments. By tradition, the
SSOM Engelberg lectures are didactic in character. All sections
include tutorial information to refresh or complement the knowledge of
the audience in the specific fields.

For more information and registration visit:

Information received from J. Frauchiger (SSO)

3. 37th Saas-Fee course: final reminder

Few places are left for the 37th Saas-Fee course on
"The Origin of the Galaxy and Local Group", 4 - 10 March, 2007, in Muerren.

For more information and registration visit:


4. Astronet Symposium: A Science Vision for European Astronomy in the
Next 20 Years, January 23-25, 2007, Poitiers, France

The ASTRONET effort has been initiated by a group of European funding
Agencies in order to establish a comprehensive long-term planning for
the development of European astronomy. It has been selected and is
financially supported by the European Commission under its FP6 program.
The overall objective is to consolidate and reinforce the highly
competitive position that European astronomy has attained at the
beginning of this 21st Century. Integral to ASTRONET needs is to
establish a common Science Vision for the next 20 years, followed by a
detailed Infrastructure Roadmap to attain the scientific goals.

The Science Vision is currently being distilled by thematic Panels drawn
from the astronomical Community; a web-based discussion forum on the
"future scientific challenges in Astronomy" will be opened on the
ASTRONET site beginning December as a prelude to this Symposium. It
covers all astrophysical domains and both ground and space based
observing means (relying mainly on the ESA Cosmic Vision for the
latter). A co-ordination effort is also ongoing with the astroparticle
community for scientific interfaces between the two communities.

Symposium Goals and Means

This 2.5 day Symposium on "future scientific challenges in Astronomy" is
aimed at getting precious feedback from the astronomical Community at
large to refine and consolidate the scientific goals of European
Astronomy for the next two decades.

Full information on -->

For information on the European Roadmap for Research Infrastructures
from the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures see


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