International Conference on Astronomy and Space Science "New horizons in space and planetary astrophysics. Honoring IAU 100", Bucharest 16-19 October 2019
The international conference on Astronomy and Space Science was organized in Bucharest between 16 – 19 October 2019, being hosted by the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy. Scheduled for several days, the presentations covered a broad range of topics in this scientific field, from contributions to the mainstream research drives to specific approaches in combined sciences such as astronomy, mathematics, Physics, IT and others. Conference papers underlined the strong level of integration and contribution of the Romanian astronomical research to the European scientific pool in data workflow, analysis and interpretation, prognosis, conceptual developments and offered updates regarding the contribution of Romania’s scientific infrastructure and its future evolution.
The conference program included a visit of the participants to ELI-NP facility in Măgurele ( Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics), the most advanced research facility in the world in the field of photonuclear physics and the largest investment ever made in scientific research in Romania.
"New Horizons in Space and Planetary Astrophysics. Honoring IAU 100" conference also touched the important aspect of education through science, underlining the educational dynamics which takes place at the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy with the involvement of AIRA’s professional astronomers, science teachers and historians, volunteers and nevertheless hundreds of visitors every year.
Initial press release
The goal of the conference is to organize within the IAU100 year a series of actions highlighting the scientific activity in astronomy, planetary sciences, and astrophysics.
Ongoing and emerging projects, either for ground-based, either space-borne observations, will be tackled during this conference. Keynote speakers from national and international community will present activities inside international and European networks, results of the follow-up of solar activity, asteroids and space debris dynamics, new insights into the physics of Solar System objects, and celestial mechanics and ephemerides topics.
The conference will be hosted by the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy, Cuțitul de Argint Street, no. 5, Bucharest, in the Planetarium Conference Room. The two days meeting will include a visit at the Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics facility (ELI-NP) on Friday October 18th.
Your contributions are welcomed at: nedelcu(at)astro.ro and mirel.birlan(at)imcce.fr.