RAS/RSC Astrophysical Chemistry Group Annual Meeting and AstroSurf 2017 as part of the Faraday Joint Interest Group Conference
It is our pleasure to announce that this year’s RAS/RSC Astrophysical Chemistry Group (ApChem) meeting and the AstroSurf 2017 meeting will take place 11-13 April 2017 at the University of Warwick, UK. AstroSurf 2017 is the fifth in a series of meetings established by the UK AstroSurf Network then integrated in the European LASSIE Network and now part of the scientific activities of the EuroPAH Network. The meeting will be part of the Faraday Joint Interest Group Conference, which brings together a number of the RSC’s Faraday Division special interest groups in one location with plenary and parallel sessions. ApChem and EuroPAH will be running one parallel session and the programme is open for contributions from postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers either as contributed talks or as posters. The list of confirmed invited speakers for these sessions are: Xander Tielens (Leiden University and Observatory); Sandra Brünken (University of Cologne); Ian Sims (University of Rennes); Anthony Meijer (University of Sheffield). Note that registration is already open and further details of the conference can be found on the website: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/chemistry/news/events/faraday2017/. The deadline for registration is March 14th for those seeking to give oral presentations and March 28th for others. Abstracts for consideration by the organisers must be submitted on the template found here (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/chemistry/news/events/ faraday2017/preregistration/abstract_template.doc). The deadlines for abstract submission are; Abstracts for oral presentation must be received by 4:00 pm on March 14th, 2017; Abstracts for poster presentations must be received by 4:00 pm on March 28th, 2017. Submission of abstracts can be done through the conference website when you register. Late submissions will not be considered so please stick to the deadline. Put the date in your diary and we look forward to seeing you there! Best wishes, Wendy Brown Martin McCoustra (University of Sussex) (Heriot- Watt University)
Laboratory Astrophysics Dissertation Prize
The Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) invites nominations for the 2017 Laboratory astrophysics Dissertation Prize. The field of laboratory astrophysics encompasses all fundamental theoretical and experimental research into the underlying processes that drive the cosmos. The Dissertation Prize is presented, normally on an annual basis, to recognize an outstanding doctoral dissertation (or the equivalent) in laboratory astrophysics. The prize will be awarded to an individual who has completed their Ph.D. or equivalent degree in any of the three calendar years immediately preceding the award year. The prize will include a cash award, a citation, and an invited lecture by the recipient at a meeting of the Division. The recipient for 2017 will be announced in early 2017 and the presentation made at the June 2017 LAD meeting. Any nominee not selected will be automatically considered in the next two consecutive years, or as long as the nominee is eligible, whichever is less. The nomination package for the Dissertation Prize must include: a. A three-page summary of the thesis (not to exceed 5 pages total including figures and bibliography). b. A nomination letter. c. Two additional letters of recommendation. d. A statement from the nominee’s university stating that the Ph.D. or equivalent degree has been awarded. e. A curriculum vitae. f. A publication list. Nominators, letter writers, and candidates need not be AAS or LAD members. Self-nominations are allowed. The deadline for receipt of the nomination package and supporting letters is Saturday 31 December 2016. Attracting and serving a diverse and inclusive membership worldwide is a primary goal for LAD. In calling for nominations, we wish to remind you how important it is to give full consideration to qualified women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and scientists from outside the United States. All nomination material should be sent by the deadline directly to the LAD Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org). Additional information can be found at https://lad.aas.org/prizes Daniel Wolf Savin LAD Secretary
Astrochemistry Week (January 16-20, 2017, Faro, Portugal)
SOC: L. Wiesenfeld, J. Brandao, I. Kamp, H. Fraser, J. Joergensen, H. Cuppen, P. Slavicek, C. Vastel Announcement: The main objective of the COST Action "Our Astro-Chemical History" is to bring together chemical and astrophysical laboratories to focus on the molecular evolution towards complexity, from early stages of star formation to the present day Solar System. The Action is supposed to bring deeper understanding of the astrophysical data now being provided by the large European instruments and to deliver innovative experimental and theoretical schemes for physical chemistry at large. This conference aims to focus on the first results of this Action, and in particular on reports from the three Working Group meetings, in Pisa (joint meeting of WG1 and 4, gas phase and isotope chemistry), and in Garching (Theory in gas phase reaction). New collaborations fostered by the Action, driven by the Short Term Scientific Missions will be at the center of the stage. We wish that younger colleagues, postdocs and students come and present their work. In line with the general policies supported by COST in general and this Action in particular, emphasis will be put on results and actions put forward by inclusiveness countries (http://www.cost.eu/about_cost/strategy/excellence-inclusiveness). The meeting will host keynote and invited speakers, about recent experimental, theoretical and observational advances, as well as future observational capabilities. Some highlights on new results will be presented. Other topics will be presented with short talks and extensive poster sessions. See https://astrochem2017.sciencesconf.org/ for more details. The General Meeting is open to the whole community of physical chemistry and astrochemistry, while the two WG2 (Chemistry inside ices) and WG3 (Non thermal desorption) sessions will be specialized working meetings with a limited number of invited participants. Deadline for abstract submission is Friday November 11th, 2016. Deadline for registration is Friday December 9th, 2016.