Letters of Intent received in 2017

LoI 2019-1999
Current and Future Challenges in Astrophysics and Space Science

Date: 10 February 2019 to 17 February 2019
Category: Non-GA Symposium
Location: Cairo University, Egypt
Contact: Awad Zainab (zma@sci.cu.edu.eg)
Coordinating division: Division H Interstellar Matter and Local Universe
Other divisions: Division B Facilities, Technologies and Data Science
Division G Stars and Stellar Physics
Division J Galaxies and Cosmology
Co-Chairs of SOC: Prof. Osama Shalabeia (Cairo University)
Prof. Mohamed Radwan (Cairo University)
Prof. Malkom Mcdonald (Glasgow University)
Dr. Ramy El-Maary (LASP - University of Colorado)
Dr. Ashraf Owis (Space Science Centre - Cairo University)
Co-Chairs of LOC: Dr. Walid Rahoma (Cairo University)
Dr. Zainab Awad (Cairo University)
Dr. El-Amira Hend khataab (Cairo University)
Dr. Hussain Farid (Cairo University)
Dr. Wessam El-Mahii (Cairo University)



These topics are general and the details will be included in the proposal:
1) Processes in Interstellar Medium: gas-phase and dust grains
2) New approaches in Modelling Astrophysics and Astrochemistry
3) Advances in studying variable stars
4) Near Earth Objects and Space Missions
5) Computational Sciences and Astrophysics



Astrophysics and space science have a mutual interaction; advances in space sciences affect the quality of research in astrophysics. Recent developments in the techniques, tools and methodologies call for new research questions in the fields of astronomy and space science in particular in what regards: physical and chemical processes in the interstellar medium, star formation and evolution, variable stars, and the danger of near earth objects on space missions and satellite stability.

The increasing number of astronomy and space science students and researchers in the Middle-East, in particular in Egypt, motivated us to bring international experts in different fields of astrophysics and space science to share their knowledge and recent research results with us to open the window for young researches. The overall aim of this meeting is to understand what is the current status of research in the fields of interest, the open questions to address and what are the future challenges to solve open problems. One of the purposes of this meeting is to simulate the interdisciplinary fields and investigate how different fields comes together for better understanding of a given problem. During the period of the symposium, a week, participants will discuss advances in the technology, techniques and tools of studying astrophysics and space science and they will have a chance for opening new channels of collaborations on topics that tackle some of the yet open questions in each field. Participants are encouraged to join our trips to “AL Katameya Observatory ”, the first and largest optical observatory in the Middle-East and north Africa, and/or to Alexandria bibliotheca and the planetarium centre.

Our guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy the welcoming atmosphere in Egypt and know and visit some historic places such as the Pyramids, the hanged church and the historic Castel.