IAU e-Newsletter - Volume 2012 n°1

Sent electronically to Individual Members on February 9, 2012
by Ian Corbett, General Secretary

  1. IB109 is now online
  2. IB109 also contains a description of the proposed restructuring of IAU Divisions
  3. A reminder of forthcoming Dates & Deadlines
  4. Elections


1. IB109 is now online at

This is an important edition which contains the up-to-date scientific programme of the XXVIII General Assembly in Beijing 20-31 August this year. Further information on the GA is available on the web site You are recommended to take advantage of Early Registration for the GA, which offers a significant reduction in the Registration Fee.


2. IB109 also contains a description of the proposed restructuring of IAU Divisions.

This has been prepared by the Executive Committee’s “Task Group on Divisional Structure” chaired by T. Montmerle, AGS, with the active participation of the Division Presidents. The proposal will be considered by the IAU EC at its meeting 18-20 April and, if endorsed, will be presented to the GA in Beijing for a vote through a formal motion. Comments should be sent to your Division President not later than 1st April.


3. A reminder of forthcoming Dates & Deadlines

  • 6-26 Feb
    ISYA – International School for Young Astronomers in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 21 Feb
    GA2012: Deadline for submission of scientific and administrative Resolutions with no financial implications to the General Secretary
  • 29 Feb
    GA2012: Deadline for submission of grant applications
  • 12-16 Mar
    AUS 279 Gamma-Ray Bursts, Nikko, Japan (postponed from 18-22 April, 2011, because of the tsunami)
  • 1 Apr
    Deadline for submission of comments on the new Division structure
  • 1 Apr
    Deadline for Proposals to host the XXXth GA in 2018
  • 18-20 Apr
    Executive Committee Meeting EC 90 in Paris
  • 20-31 Aug
    IAU XXVIIIth General Assembly, Beijing, China
    • EC 91, part I : Sunday 19 August
    • Science Programme starts : Monday 20 August
    • Opening Ceremony: Tuesday 21 August
    • EC 91, part II: Thursday 23 August
    • EC 91, part III: Wednesday 29 August
    • Closing Ceremony: Thursday 30 August
    • EC 92: Saturday 1 September


4. Elections

Elections for presidents, chairs and organising committees of Divisions and Commissions 2012-2015 are now underway following the existing scheme. Many of these will translate into the new system, if approved and implemented. To facilitate voting, the IAU has entered a contract with the electronic voting service Mi-Voice. The system generates a unique voting code (UVC) that is sent by email to each eligible voter. The UVC enables the voter to log in to the election event and cast their vote.

Important: Please go to the IAU website and check that your contact information is up-to-date and that the email address listed is one that you regularly consult. Please e-mail any corrections as soon as possible to the IAU Secretariat



Ian Corbett
IAU General Secretary
9 February 2012


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