VALENCIA, June 23 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The University of Valencia (UV) is organizing this year the annual meeting of the European Astronomical Society, one of the “most important events in astronomy worldwide”. With a multidisciplinary program encompassing very different aspects of scientific research in astronomy, it will bring together almost 2,000 participants, including leading specialists, Nobel laureates and representatives of international organizations.
After two telematics editions caused by the pandemic, the University of Valencia is hosting the largest European astronomy congress, the Annual Meeting of the European Astronomical Society (EAS), from this Monday, June 27th. Coordinated by the Astronomical Observatory (OA) of the University of Valencia and the Institute of Corpuscular Physics (IFIC-UV/CSIC), the meeting will take place at the Palau de Congressos de València.
The EAS conference, which has a tradition spanning more than 25 years, expects more than 1,700 people to attend in person, in addition to the 200 who have registered to follow the congress virtually. #EASValencia2022 offers 15 symposia, 36 special sessions, more than 600 presentations and 1000 ePosters.
Among the programs of the plenary conferences, the participation of great references of today’s astronomy stands out, such as Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, the discoverers of the first exoplanet around a star like our sun, which earned them the Nobel Prize in Physics 2019.
Carme Jordi, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Barcelona – member of the Gaia Science Team, ESA’s advisory body – will also attend and provide information about the Gaia satellite, whose data already feeds the 3D astronomical catalog of more than a billion Stars.
And Mª Teresa Fernández de la Vega, former Vice President of the Spanish Government and President of the Women for Africa Foundation, with 10 years of experience in promoting and supporting the leadership of African women in all fields and in this case in education and scientific research in the field astronomy, to name just a few examples.
The exploration of exoplanets, the sun, gravitational waves, the black hole in the Milky Way, the exploration of the solar system or the problem of artificial satellite constellations that contaminate space observation and hinder the work of scientists will be topics to be discussed in this room for astronomy that aim to strengthen and improve links between scientific communities, develop their links and promote European networks.
The long-awaited James Webb Telescope (JWST, ESA-NASA-Canada), the first direct image of our galaxy’s central black hole (EHT consortium) or the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the European Southern Observatory (ESO). round off the programme, explains the UV in a statement.
In addition to the plenary sessions, the congress includes various parallel symposia as well as special sessions and conferences.
On the other hand, the Congress is the scene of the presentation of various awards in the field of astronomy: the Fritz Zwicky Prize for Astrophysics and Cosmology, which goes to the former President of the International Astronomical Union Ewine van Dishoeck; the Tycho Brahe Medal, awarded to the French astrophysicist Jean-Luc Starck, or the MERAC awards for the best PhD theses in astronomy, one of which goes to the Spaniard Núria Miret-Roig.
The program also includes an informative conference open to the public by Michel Mayor (Nobel Prize in Physics 2019) from the University of Geneva. The conference entitled Other Worlds in the Cosmos? The search for Earth-like planets and… maybe life forms! It will take place next Wednesday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Santiago Grisolía auditorium of the Museu de les Ciències. Access is free, prior registration.
At its most playful, the Congress will feature a performance of the Muixeranga d’Algemesí as well as the AstroRun, a non-competitive 6km race taking place on Wednesday 29th through the Turia Gardens.