Date sent: 30 January 2018, 13:40

From: Anna Watts (

Subject: IAU Div D (High energy phenomena and fundamental physics) Bulletin No. 20 - 1 Feb 2018

***IAU Division D Bulletin N. 20: February 1, 2018***


  • IAU Office for Astronomy and Development Brainstorming Session January 31
  • IAU General Assembly in Vienna
  • IAU Division and Commission Elections
  • Upcoming conferences, meetings, workshops and schools (new announcements)
  • In memoriam




* IAU Office for Astronomy and Development Brainstorming Session January 31


The most recent newsletter for the OAD is available online here:


We would specifically like to draw your attention to the upcoming brainstorming session on Science for Development hosted by the OAD

31 Jan, 11am-12:30pm SAST, URL: (open to all)




* IAU General Assembly in Vienna


A reminder that registration for the IAU GA in Vienna (August 20-31 2018) is now open.


Important deadlines:

31/1 - End of early registration

28/2 - End of abstract submission


Please note that those participants who, in addition to an abstract for an oral or poster contribution to the Symposia, Focus Meeting or Division Days, are submitting a request for an IAU travel grant, can benefit from the Early-bird Registration rate irrespective of the result of the grant allocation. They are not requested to pay at the time of the submission, but only after the decision about the grant will be communicated to them by mid April, 2018. Please read the details on the Registration page

We would like to draw your attention, for astronomers who are not yet IAU members, to apply to become a Junior or Individual Member: the application procedure is described at the page

Please note that the deadline for applying through the appropriate National Committee for Astronomy (NCA) is February 2nd, 2018. Please help us in informing your colleagues who are not IAU Members about this possibility and the relevant deadline.

The GA will host, besides  Symposia and Focus Meetings, also Division Meetings. These will take  place on the Friday of the first week (Aug 24) and Monday of the second  week (Aug 27).  The Division D Meeting will include both invited and contributed talks  and posters.

We would like to invite you to submit abstracts for the Division D Meeting by February 28, 2018 through the above IAU GA official channel.  Abstract submission for Division Meetings and for IAUS and FMs is not mutually exclusive, although the scientific organizers will try and avoid duplications, to allow the largest possible number of oral contributions to be scheduled.




* IAU Division and Commission Elections

In the coming months there will be elections for Division and Commission Steering Committees.


For the Division elections the timeline is as follows :

Feb 15 - Call to Division Membership for At-Large Steering Committee Candidates

Mar 15 - Closure of Candidate Applications for Division Elections

Apr 10 - Opening of Division Elections

May 1 - End of Division Elections

May 8 - Announcement of the Division Election Results

Commission elections are around the same time but slightly staggered to give enough time to process the submissions of individuals to run,  create the platforms for the elections and analyse the results.

Feb 15 - Call to Commission Membership for At-Large Organizing Committee Candidates

Mar 20 - Closure of Candidate Applications for Commission Elections

Apr 1 - Opening of Commission Elections

Apr 20 - End of Commission OC Elections

May 1 - Announcement of the Commission Election Results


More information will follow as the calls open in mid-February - but if you are already interested in running and have questions, you are welcome to contact any of the Members of the Division Steering Committee.




*Upcoming Conferences, Meetings, Workshops and Schools

Cosmic RAy Transport and Energetic Radiations (CRATER) Workshop

Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila, Italy

May 28-June 1, 2018


Ultra-luminous X-ray pulsars workshop

ESAC, Madrid, Spain

June 6-8, 2018


Summer School “Physics of Macronovae”

Stockholm, Sweden

June 12-20, 2018


Millisecond Pulsars (Scientific Event E1.3), 42nd COSPAR Assembly

Pasadena CA, USA

July 14-22, 2018


Structure, Evolution and Dynamics of Neutron Stars (Scientific Event E1.10), 42nd COSPAR Assembly

Pasadena CA, USA

July 14-22, 2018


X- and Gamma-ray counterparts of the new transients in the multi-messenger exploration era (Scientific Event E1.17), 42nd COSPAR Assembly

Pasadena CA, USA

July 14-22, 2018


Galactic Angular Momentum (Focus meeting at IAU GA)

Vienna, Austria

August 20-22, 2018


Radio Galaxies: Resolving the AGN Phenomenon (Focus Meeting at IAU GA)

Vienna, Austria

August 22-23, 2018


Workshop on the Sign Problem in QCD and Beyond

Bielefeld, Germany

10-14 September, 2018




*In memoriam

We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dr Yasuo Tanaka




If you wish to share with IAU Div D any information about matters that may be relevant to the activities of Div D Members, please send an e-mail to . This will appear in the next Bulletin, which will be sent out on March 1, 2018.  Thank you in advance for your inputs, and best regards.

Dr Anna Watts, Secretary of IAU Div D Steering Committee

Associate Professor, University of Amsterdam



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