No 7 – 24/04/2009

SGAA/SSAA News No 7 – 24/04/2009

1. CosmoStats09 conference
2. First ASPERA Common Call for Proposals
3. Joint meeting of french and swiss astronomers (29/6-4/7/09, Besancon)
4. Joint meeting SPG – ÖPG – ÖGAA- SSAA (2-4/9/09, Innsbruck)
5. SSAA membership directory accessible

1. CosmoStats09 conference

The CosmoStats09 conference on Cosmology, Statistics, and Particle
Physics, part of a series of international conferences coordinated by
the ETH, takes place 26 – 31 July 2009, Ascona, Switzerland.

Registration open until 30 april 2009.

For more information visit:

2. First ASPERA Common Call for Proposals

ASPERA, the European ERA-Net network of funding agencies for the
promotion of astroparticle physics in Europe, is launching a first
common call for R&D and design studies for the realization of future
Astroparticle infrastructures. Within the frame of ASPERA, nine
funding agencies, including the Swiss National Foundation, together
with BMBF (Germany), CNRS and CEA (France), INFN (Italy), MICINN
(Spain), NCBiR (Poland), Nikhef (NL), STFC (UK), have joined their
efforts to support transnational projects of high scientific merit.

This call is the first of a series of common calls and is targeted
towards the Cherenkov Telescope Array for high energy gamma ray
astrophysics and direct dark matter searches.

The duration of the funding period for the successful proposals shall
be up to 3 years.

The call will open on the 2nd April 2009 and the deadline for the
receipt of proposals will be 4pm CET on 4th June 2009. More
information on the call eligibility, conditions, submission procedure)
are available at the following link

You are cordially invited to participate in this call.

For more information, please contact Bernard Revaz

Received from: Bernard Revaz, ASPERA liaison officer
Maurice Bourquin, Swiss representative to ASPERA

3. Joint meeting of french and swiss astronomers (29/6-4/7, Besancon)

This year the SSAA is the special guest of the French Society for
Astromony and Astrophysics (SF2A, see
at their annual meeting in Besancon (29 june to 4 july 2009).

In particular, two joint workshops will be organised on
“Star and planet formation” and “High resolution and complex physical
modeling in numerical simulations”.
The proceedings will be published in electronic format and referenced
in the ADS.

Deadline for abstract submission is 31 may, 2009.
For more information on the meeting see

4. Joint meeting SPG – ÖPG – ÖGAA- SSAA (2-4 sept 2009, Innsbruck)

The 2009 annual meeting of the Swiss Physical Society (SPS/SPG) will be
organised jointly with the Austrian Physical Society (ÖPG), the Austrian
Society for Astronomy and Astrophysics (ÖGAA), and with the SSAA
in Innsbruck, from sept 2-4, 2009.

In particular there will be a topical (parallel) session on
“Astrophysics”, a plenary session etc. For more information on the
meeting see

Deadline for abstract submission (registration) is 15 may (1 aug) 2009.

5. SSAA membership directory accessible

The Webserver of our society
has been upgraded, and the membership directory is now
accessible online (with robot-protected access).

For direct access see here:

For address/e-mail changes please contact our secretary.


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