Date sent: 23 October 2018, 13:55

From: Denis Burgarella (

Subject: Division J Newsletter

Dear members of IAU Division J Galaxies & Cosmology,

The members of the Steering Committee of IAU Division J (Galaxies & Cosmology, would like to introduce themselves to all of you. The newly elected members and those serving their second term are:

o President: Denis Burgarella (France,

o Vice-President: Kim-Vy Tran (USA, Australia,

o Advisor: Claus Leitherer (USA,

o Valentina D'Odorico (Commission J2 President, Italy,
o Christine Jones (Commission X1 President, USA,
o Cristina Carmen Popescu (UK, Commission J1 President,

o Gustavo R. Bruzual (Mexico,
o Elisabete da Cunha (Portugal,
o Leslie Hunt (Italy,
o Johan Knapen (Spain,
o Jeremy R. Mould (Australia,
o Aida Wofford (Mexico,

We are very happy to be in the Steering Committee of this Division J and to work with you to develop the themes related to our Division, in collaboration with other Divisions in the International Astronomical Union.

In order to meet this global objective, we would like to hear from you, to learn what we could do in our Division, to make it better and more useful. What new initiatives you would like to pursue, and how? We are also thinking to have an idea board. Do you think that would be useful?

A questionnaire was sent at the beginning of the previous term (2015 - 2018). In the next few weeks you will receive a questionnaire with a list of specific items for your input. Using these two questionnaires, we will try to have a better idea of who you are and what you expect from us.

Of course, in the meantime, you can contact us informally by email. The more involved our members are, the more successful our Division will be!

One important action (see will be to inform young astronomers that they can be proposed as IAU Junior Members. To qualify, they must have completed their PhD in astronomy/astrophysics. Note that this is a temporary membership and it cannot be extended for more than 6 years. Please, pass the information.

Note that newly minted Ph.D.s (in the 2018 calendar year) are also encouraged to apply for the IAU best thesis prize. We would like you, Division J members to spread the word in their institutions/organizations and let them know about this opportunity.

Best regards,
Denis Burgarella
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille, France
President IAU Division J 


- We would like to remind you that there is an open call for IAU Symposia to be held in 2020 ( Three letters of Intent were sent to Division J (see: Letters of Intent are not mandatory, though. The deadline for submitting the full proposal is December 15, 2018. But, we encourage you to sent your proposal well in advance (end of November) to allow us to comment your proposals and to send you feedbacks.

  Dear colleagues,

  we are happy to announce that pre-registration and abstract submission are now open for the IAU Symposium 352 on "Uncovering early galaxy evolution in the ALMA and JWST era”, from 3-7 June 2019 in Viana do Castelo, Portugal.

  Pre-registration link here: (closes December 15th).

  Please note that a number of IAU travel grants will be available to support participation by students and early career researchers. You can apply for this financial support at the time of pre-registration.

  Outcomes regarding submissions of oral contributions and IAU travel grants will be announced in February, in time for early-bird registration.

  Childcare arrangements will be available upon request. If you are interested in this option, please provide details on the pre-registration form.

  The main goal of the symposium is to bring together the community working on galaxy evolution at z>2 in order to discuss the current status and challenges in the field, as well as to plan for the time when we will have both ALMA and JWST available.
  The symposium will take place in the historic Santiago da Barra Fortress in the heart of Viana do Castelo.
  You can find more details about the scientific rationale, session topics, confirmed invited speakers, important dates, etc, on our website,

  We would appreciate if you could forward this announcement to institutions or colleagues who may be interested.

  We hope to see you in Portugal!

  Best regards,
  Elisabete da Cunha & Jacqueline Hodge

We are sorry to inform you of the recent passing of two of Div. J members:
o Prof. Piotr Flin who passed away on September 1st, 2018. He was a member of Divisions C and J. He  was from Poland and joined the IAU in 1985. 
o Dr. John Graham who passed away on September 13th, 2018. He was a member of Divisions B, C, G and J. He  was from United States and joined the IAU in 1967.



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