Nuclei in the Cosmos, ’12

The Australian (and New Zealand) astronomy, nuclear physics, and earth science community has won the bid to have Australia host the 12th Nuclei in the Cosmos (NICXII) meeting in 2012. This is a prestigious multi-disciplinary symposium and the premier international meeting on Nuclear Astrophysics. It is held every two years and attracts about 300 scientists from around the world. Nuclei in the Cosmos brings together nuclear experimentalists, nuclear theorists, astronomers, theoretical astrophysicists, cosmochemists, and others interested in the scientific questions at the interface of nuclear physics and astrophysics.

For more information on the conference you can visit the webpage for this year’s event which was held in Heidelberg, Germany: http://www.lsw.uni-heidelberg.de/nic2010/index.phtml Sessions covered topics such as: the Big Bang, chemical evolution, stars, compact objects, supernovae, meteoritic analysis, and gamma-ray observations.

Australia has a large and growing community in Nuclear Astrophysics; 19 researchers from 7 different institutions and several major sponsors, including ANU, Monash, Swinburne, and AAO, were involved in the preparation of the bid.

The conference will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre from 5/8/2012 to 10/8/2012. The meeting will be contiguous with the Meteoritical Society meeting in Cairns (the week after) and close to the International Astronomical Union General Assembly in China (starting on the 20/8/2012). Preceeding NICXII there will be a week-long school for PhD students.

For more information please contact maria.lugaro@monash.edu

e-Science Challenges in Astronomy and Astrophysics


a one-day workshop to be held on 7 December 2010
as part of the
IEEE e-Science 2010 conference
Queensland University of Technology
Brisbane, 7-10 December 2010

See http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/escience2010astro/ for
workshop information and abstract submission.


We are particularly interested in talks from representatives of large survey and simulation projects (current and future)

Important Dates
September 10, 2010: early deadline for registering an interest
in presenting a talk at the workshop if intending
to have a paper included in the IEEE proceedings
of the main conference;
October 7, 2010: final deadline to register for a talk;
November 30, 2010: final registration;
December 7, 2010: e-Science Astronomy and Astrophysics workshop
December 8-10, 2010: main IEEE e-Science conference

Summary
The focus of the workshop will be on e-Science challenges within
astronomy and astrophysics, the innovations that these challenges
are producing now and the innovations that will be required in the
near future. A particular aim is to discuss the needs of large
survey and simulation projects in terms of data management, data
distribution and data characterisation/analysis. The opportunity
to have this discussion amongst the broader e-Science community,
and the associated crossover of knowledge and ideas, will hopefully
enhance existing efforts in these areas.

The organising committee would welcome hearing from anyone
interested in attending the workshop and/or making a presentation
related to these themes.
Please register your interest at:

http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/escience2010astro/

and we look forward to seeing you in Brisbane in early December.

Regards,
Jarrod Hurley (on behalf of the Organising Committee)