IAU XXX1st General Assembly Business Sessions (virtual format)
23 and 26 August 2021

THE IAU TODAY part I
Pre-MEETING of the XXXI GA Business Session I

Monday August 23 2021, 13:30-14:50 pm CEST by Zoom/YouTube

13:30: Welcome by the IAU President

13:40: Gruber Prize Winner Volker Springel (MPA, Germany): "Simulations of Black Hole Feedback in Galaxy Formation"

13:55: Meet the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach: Lina Canas (NAOJ, Japan)

14:05: Gruber Fellowship Winner Anupam Bhardwaj (KASI, Republic of Korea): "Precision Stellar Astrophysics and the Distance Scale with Pulsating Stars"

14:15: Meet the IAU Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Working Group: Amelia Ortiz (Va-lencia, Spain), Lina Canas (NAOJ, Japan)

14:20: Meet the IAU Global Coordination of Ground and Space Astrophysics Working Group: David Spergel (Simons Foundation, USA)

14:25: Nobel Prize Winner Andrea Ghez (UCLA, USA): “The Monster at the Heart of our Galaxy”

14:40: Meet the IAU Office for Young Astronomers: Itziar Aretxaga (INAOE, Mexico), David Mota (Oslo, Norway)

14:50: End

IAU XXXI GA 2021 Business Session 1

Monday August 23 2021, 15:00-17:00 CEST by Zoom/YouTube

  1. Welcome, adoption of agenda (5 min)
  2. Listing of National Member representatives (5 min)
  3. Reminder of Voting Rules (5 min)
  4. Admission of new National Members (10 min) (vote by NMs*)
  5. Report of the Executive Committee (40 + 10 min)
  6. Presentation of Changes to Statutes, Bye-Laws (Bye-laws II. 7b) (5 min)
  7. Presentation of Resolutions (B1, B2, B3, B4) (20 min)
  8. Report of the Special Nominating Committee (5 min)
    Q&A: 15 min

Tuesday August 24 at 15:00 CEST by Zoom
Session to discuss the Resolutions, discussion also through Slack channel.  

THE IAU TODAY part II
Pre-MEETING of the XXXI GA Business Session II

Thursday August 26 2021, 13:30-14:50 pm CEST by Zoom/YouTube

13:30: Welcome by the IAU President-elect

13:35: Kavli Prize Winner Andrew Fabian (Cambridge, UK): "AGN Feedback"

13:50: Meet the IAU Office of Astronomy for Education: Markus Pössel (Heidelberg, Germany)

14:00: PhD Prize Winner Jane Huang (Michigan, USA): "The ALMA View of Planet Formation"

14:10: Meet the IAU Women in Astronomy Working Group: Dara Norman (NOIRlab, USA)

14:15: Meet the IAU Junior Members Working Group: Maria Drozdovskaya (Bern, Switzerland), Fatoumata Kebe (Paris,France)

14:20: Meet the IAU Dark and Quiet Sky Protection Working Group: Constance Walker (NOIRlab, USA)

14:25: Shaw Prize Winner Edward Stone (Caltech, USA): “The Voyager Journey to the Giant Planets and Interstellar Space”

14:40: Meet the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development: Kevin Govender (Cape Town, South Africa)

14:50: End

IAU XXXI GA 2021 Business Session 2

Thursday August 26 2021, 15:00-17:30 CEST by Zoom/YouTube

  1. Welcome, adoption of Agenda (5 min)
  2. Changes to Bye-Laws (5 min) (vote by NMs*)
  3. Honorary Members admitted by Executive Committee (10 min)
  4. Report of Membership Committee (5 min)
  5. Resolutions (B1, B2, B3, B4): recap of discussions (10 + 10 min) (vote by IM*, JM*, open until September 10)
  6. Elected Division Presidents and Vice Presidents (10 min)
  7. Financial Matters (40 + 15 min)
    • Presentation of 2018-2020 accounts
    • Report of FC on 2018-2020 accounts
    • Presentation of 2022-2024 budget
    • Report of FC on 2022-2024 budget
    • Vote on accounts and budget (vote by NMs*)
  8. Appointment of Finance Committee (5 min) (vote by NMs*)
  9. Appointment of Membership Committee (5 min) (vote by NMs*)
  10. New Resolution Committee appointed by EC (5 min)
  11. Appointment of Special Nominating Committee (5 min) (vote by NMs*)
  12. Election of Executive Committee 2021-2024 (5 min) (vote by NMs)
  13. Brief addresses of retiring and incoming GS and President (15 min)

The National Members, Executive Committee, Division Presidents, Resolution Committee, Finance Committee and other speakers will participate by Zoom, and have the opportunity to ask questions directly through Raise Hands.

The Individual and Junior Members and other interested participants can view the Business Sessions through a YouTube LiveStream (and subsequent recording). They have a Slack Channel for comments and questions. The IAU Officers and secretariat will monitor the Slack Channel and communicate relevant questions to the speaker.