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Division Meeting at the XXIX General Assembly


The first triennial Scientific Meeting of Division A will be organized as a part of the XXIX General Assembly of the IAU



Business Sessions of the Division A Commissions and Working Groups at the XIX General Assembly in Honolulu


After a consultation with the Commisison Presidents and the Chairs of the Working Groups the following time schedule of the Business Sessions was compiled:

date time title room convener
5 Aug    09:00 - 10:00    WG Natural Planetary Satellites 326A Jean-Eudes Arlot
  10:30 - 12:30 WG Cartographic Coordinates & Rotational Elements 326A Brent Archinal
  14:00 - 18:00 Commission 8 Astrometry 326A Norbert Zacharias
6 Aug 08:00 - 12:30 WG Third Realisation of International Celestial Reference Frame     326A     Christopher Jacobs
  13:30 - 15:30 Commission 31 Time 326A Mizuhiko Hosokawa
  16:00 - 18:00 WG Nominal Units for Stellar & Planetary Astronomy 326A Eric Mamajek
11 Aug 08:00 - 09:00 Commission 4 Ephemerides 326A Catherine Hohenkerk
  09:00 - 10:00 NC-85 Solar system ephemerides (*) 326A Andrea Milani
  10:30 - 12:30 Commission 7 Celestial Mechanics & Dynamical Astronomy 326A Alessandro Morbidelli
  14:00 - 15:30 Business Meeting 318A Sergei Klioner
  16:00 - 17:00 NC-70 Fundamental Standards Meeting (*) 326A Catherine Hohenkerk
  17:00 - 18:00 WG Theory of Earth Rotation 326A Jose Manuel Ferrándiz
12 Aug 10:30 - 12:30 Commission 19 Rotation of the Earth 326A Cheng-Li Huang
  14:00 - 15:00 WG Standards of Fundamental Astronomy (SOFA) 326A Catherine Hohenkerk
  16:00 - 17:00 WG Numerical Standards in Fundamental Astronomy 326A Brian Luzum


(*) These Business Sessions are subject to approval of the corresponding new Commisisons by the IAU Executive Committee.

All Sessions (except for the Business Session of Division A) will be organized in Room 326A of the Hawaii Convention Center. The room will be set theater-style for 50+ attendees. A beamer, screen and wireless Internet connection will be available.


Meetings relevant to the scientific topics of Divisions A


If you would like to advertise a meeting on this web page and/or through sending the information to all members of Division A please request the President or Secretary of the Division A.


Creation of new Working Groups


If you have scientific and/or organizational problem that needs a broader discussion and some organizational work, please consider that the IAU may be helpful in advertising it, involving relevant experts and making the outcome more official. The new IAU Rules adopted at the XXVIII General Assembly in Bejing allows Divisions and Commissions to create Working Groups at any moment of time. The administrative overhead for a Working Group is minimal, which makes it an attractive and highly mobile tool. You are welcome to initiate new Working Groups at any time by contacting the Division or any of the Commissions.


Miscellaneous news


  • IAU hosts now the web pages for Divisions and improves the web pages for Working Groups. The web page of Division A can be found here:
    http://www.iau.org/science/scientific_bodies/divisions/A/ or http://www.iau.org/science/scientific_bodies/divisions/A/info/

    The advantages of this hosting are that the Division pages do not have to move every three years and can be modified online by the authorized Division officers. A disadvantage currently is a lower level of visibility of the Division web presence: the web pages are to some extent "hidden" in a rather complex system of menus of the IAU web page. The design and service will, however, be improved.

    Comments or suggestions concerning the form and content of the web service provided by the Division should be forwarded to the President and/or Secretary of the Division A.

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