IAU Regional Meetings

APRIM 2014: 12th Asia-Pacific IAU Regional Meeting

Start date/time

August 19, 2014

End date/time

August 22, 2014


Korea, Rep of


Young Chol Minh

Event website


Coordinating Division

Division XII Union-Wide Activities

Proposer details
Young Chol Minh (minh@kasi.re.kr)

Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute
776 Daedeok-daero, Yuseong 305-348, Korea

Telephone: +82-42-865-3263

Chairs of SOC
Young Chol Minh (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea)
Young-Woon Kang (Sejong University, Korea)

SOC Members
Hidehiko Agata (Dr, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Japan)
Mhd Fairos Asillam (Dr, National Space Agency of Malaysia, Malaysia)
Michael Burton (Prof, University of New South Wales, Australia)
Chul-Sung Choi (Dr, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea)
Shuhrat A. Ehgamberdiev (Prof, Ulugh Beg Astronomical Institute, Uzbekistan)
Gregory Fahlman (Dr, the NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, Canada)
Toshihiro Handa (Prof, Kagoshima University, Japan)
Masahiko Hayashi (Prof, University of Tokyo, Japan)
Xiaoyu Hong (Dr, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, China)
Wing-Huen Ip (Prof, National Central University, Taiwan)
Young-Woon Kang (Prof, Sejong University, Korea, co-chair)
Busaba Hutawarakorn Kramer (Dr, NARIT/MPIfR, Thailand/Germany)
Sun Kwok (Prof, University of Hong Kong, China - Hong Kong)
Nguyen Quynh Lan (Prof, Hanoi National University of Education, Vietnam)
Hyung Mok Lee (Prof, Seoul National University, Korea)
Steve Maddox (Prof, University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
Hakim L. Malasan (Prof, Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia)
Young Chol Minh (Dr, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea, co-chair)
Chingis Omarov (Dr, The Center of Astrophysical Researches, Kazahkstan)
Tushar Prabhu (Prof, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, India)
Shengbang Qian (Dr, Yunnan Astronomical Observatory, China)
David Ruffolo (Prof, Mahidol University, Thailand)
Harinder P. Singh (Prof, Delhi University, India)
Boonrucksar Soonthornthum (Dr, National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand Thailand)
Ronald E. Taam (Dr, Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Taiwan)
John L. Tonry (Prof, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, USA)
Irina Voloshina (Prof, Moscow State University, Russia)
Peter Wood (Prof, MSO, Australia National University, Austrailia)
Gang Zhao (Dr, National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

LOC Members
Ho-Il Kim (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea)
Sungki Cho (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea)
Seogu Lee (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea)
Yangnoh Yoon (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea)
Ahchim Kim (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea)
Young Chol Minh (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea)
Young-Woon Kang (Sejong University, Korea)

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  1. Solar System and Sun-Earth Interactions
  2. Interstellar Matter, Star Formation and the Milky Way
  3. Stars, Exoplanets and Stellar Systems
  4. Galaxies, AGN and Cosmology
  5. Compact Objects and High Energy Astrophysics
  6. Large Observing Facilities and Instruments
  7. Historical Astronomy, Astronomy Education and Public Outreach


The 12th Asian-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting (APRIM 2014) will bring together the diverse range of astronomical activity taking place in the Asian-Pacific region. During the meeting for 3.5 day meeting, the latest scientific achievements and technical development from the region will be introduced. The principal disciplines in astronomy being carried out by researchers in this region will be covered. The meeting will also include presentations and discussions to promote regional collaboration with special regard to involvement in global astronomy projects. 

Today large astronomical projects are invariably international in nature. This makes collaboration among countries an essential element for involvement in leading-edge astronomical activities. The Asian-Pacific region contains Astronomical Societies of a variety of sizes and activity levels. The more developed Societies in the region may need to encourage and assist the scientific activities of the emerging Societies in this region. On the whole, astronomical activities are growing rapidly in the Asian-Pacific region, and the emerging Societies will be important institutions in the future not only for the facilities they may provide, but also for their human resources. This meeting will provide an opportunity to promote scientific activities as well as friendship among countries in this Asian-Pacific region.  Therefore, we will prepare this meeting as a forum to promote regional collaborations and manpower exchanges. Public outreach programs will also be included to promote astronomy for general public. Discussions and presentations on the astronomical education programs in the region will also be an important part of this meeting. 

The Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) hosts and supports the APRIM 2014 to celebrate its 40th anniversary since it began as the National Observatory of Korea. It is the largest government-funded astronomical institute in Korea. KASI has just completed the construction of the Korean VLBI Network (KVN), consisting of three 21m diameter radio telescopes. This will be operated full scientific mode from 2013. KASI is also actively undertaking a variety of astronomical projects, such as the construction of the Space Laser Ranging system for space geodesic studies and the Gravitational Lensing Telescope project, building 3 telescopes in the southern hemisphere for an exoplanet search. We expect their first results will be available at for the APRIM meeting in 2014. In addition, KASI is involved in the global project, Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), as one of founder members. KASI has been putting great effort into working in close cooperation with institutes and universities from around the Asian-Pacific region.

Outline Program

The program will include 3.5 days of scientific sessions and a 0.5 day conference excursion (Thursday afternoon), a conference banquet (Wednesday evening) and a welcoming reception (Monday evening). There will be 4 plenary sessions and 3-4 parallel sessions from Tuesday to Friday. Two public lectures will also be included.

We list here the major themes for the meeting, together with the topics for presentations within them. 

  • Solar System and Sun-Earth Interactions
  • Solar Activities and Space Weather Research
  • Solar Magnetic Field, Neutrinos and Energetic Particles
  • Solar Planets: Formation and Evolution
  • Solar Telescopes and Space Weather StationsInterstellar Matter, Star Formation and the Milky Way
  • Low and High Mass Star Formation
  • Astronomical Masers
  • Circumstellar Envelopes and Planetary Nebulae
  • Interstellar Dust Grains
  • Interstellar Gas Dynamics Stars, Exoplanets and Stellar Systems
  • Binary and Multiple Stellar Systems
  • Exoplanets
  • Stellar Clusters and Stellar Populations
  • Photometric and Spectroscopic Observing FacilitiesGalaxies, AGN and Cosmology
  • Cosmology
  • Evolution of Galaxies
  • Active Galactic Nuclei and Radio JetsCompact Objects and High Energy Astrophysics
  • Gamma-ray Bursts
  • X-ray Binaries, Pulsars and Supernova Remnants
  • Cosmic-raysLarge Observing Facilities and Instruments
  • GMT, TMT and Large Optical/IR Telescopes
  • ALMA, SKA, VLBI and Space VLBI
  • LIGO and Gravitational Wave Detectors
  • Instruments for Small Telescopes
  • Observing Facilities for High Energy AstrophysicsHistorical Astronomy, Astronomy Education and Public Outreach
  • Historical Astronomy
  • Regional Astronomical Education Programs 
  • Activities of Museums and Planetariums
  • International Astronomical Olympiads
  • Young Astronomers in the Asian-Pacific Region
  • Training Teachers in Astronomy
  • Public Outreach Programs

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