The IUGG Electronic Journal
Volume 4 No. 11 (November 1, 2004)
This short, informal newsletter is intended to keep IUGG Member National Committees informed about the activities of the IUGG Associations, and actions of the IUGG Secretariat. Past issues are posted on the IUGG Web site. Please forward this message to those who will benefit from the information. Your comments are welcome.
The Theme for the 2007 General Assembly is Earth: Our Changing Planet.
The Perugia Local Organizing Committee has activated the web site www.IUGG2007Perugia.it and invites everyone to download the First Call and the mailing list form. Printed copies will be available at the Association scientific assemblies, and at the IUGG booth at the Fall American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco.
ICSU has announced the procedures to apply for grants for 2006. Because the total amount of money available is only $350,000 (USD) compared with $800,000 for 2004, there will be no Category I grants for 2006.
Proposals are limited to 50,000 Euros or less (Category 2), and grants must be spent in 2006. IUGG is permitted to submit only 2 grant proposals as the lead applicant. Proposals must address one of 5 priority areas as specified in the documents. These 5 areas are:
Proposals for 2006 are due in Paris by 1 March 2005. Contact the IUGG Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) for necessary forms and additional information.
The 9th International Symposium on Study of the Earth's Deep Interior (SEDI) was held 4-9 July 2004, in Garmisch-Partenkirchern, Germany. An excellent report on the meeting written by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Christensen has been received in which he reported that 164 participants, including 44 students, enjoyed a congenial atmosphere, high-quality scientific presentations and discussions, and good interaction across disciplinary boundaries. At each session, an overview lecture and two invited talks were followed by a long break to view posters that ended in a one-hour plenary discussion. Discussion leaders identified key questions or controversies and selected a few poster presenters to give micro-presentations to the plenum. This strategy proved to be highly effective. Among the sessions that were organized, a large number of contributions addressed Earth's magnetic field and the dynamo process that generates it in the liquid core. Other topics included the composition and temperature of Earth's lower mantle and core, global seismic tomography, and the interiors of our planetary sisters, for which space missions in the last decade have provided new and sometimes unexpected constraints. As a special feature of the SEDI symposia, the Doornboos prizes were awarded. These prizes, which commemorate the life and work of Durk Doornboos, were awarded to Arwen Deuss of the University of Cambridge, UK, and Cinzia Farnetani of IGBP, France.
SEDI is a Union (formerly called Inter-Associations) Commission of IUGG, sponsored by IAG, IAGA, IASPEI, and IAVCEI. The next symposium will be in 2006, at a location yet to be determined.
Corrections and updates to the information contained in the IUGG Yearbook are now being finalized in preparation for the 2005 Yearbook. Please contact the IUGG Secretariat as soon as possible or by November 28 (email@example.com) with additions and corrections.
Barbara Thompson, a member of the International Heliophysical Year (IHY) Organizing Committee, informed IUGG that the US Senate passed a resolution on October 11 that endorses the concept of a worldwide campaign of scientific activity for the 2007-2008 timeframe and directs the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, in association with the National Academy of Sciences and other relevant governmental and nongovernmental organizations, to continue interagency and international inquiries and discussions that ensure a successful worldwide international science year in the 2007-2008 timeframe. Activities are expected to emphasize global environmental research, education, and protection. A report describing possible activities and organizational structures for an international science year in 2007-2008 is due to the US Congress no later than March 15, 2005. The full text of the Senate Bill can be found on the IHY web page (ihy.gsfc.nasa.gov) under Newsroom.
D. Pallamraju, Scientific Coordinator for the SCOSTEP initiative CAWSES (Climate And Weather of the Sun-Earth System) reports that there has been remarkable progress on various activities in the past six months. Please download their September newsletter which can be found on the CAWSES website www.bu.edu/cawses.
The ICSU Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) will elect a new Executive Committee at its upcoming Assembly in February to govern the affairs of SCOPE until 2008. Officers and Members of the Executive Committee are elected only for one term and consequently all 10 positions in the Executive Committee are renewed at each Assembly. The composition of the Executive Committee and the person now serving in that position follow:
IUGG may propose candidates for one or more positions in the new Executive Committee. Each nomination must specify the position in the Executive Committee for which the candidate is nominated, and must be supported by a curriculum vita as well as a message signed by the candidate indicating his/her willingness to serve if elected. Nominations are due by 7 January 2005. Please contact the IUGG secretariat for additional information.
In addition, IUGG may submit items and issues to be included in the XII General Assembly Agenda. These are due by 5 November. Any report that IUGG would like to make on our activities that are relevant to SCOPE is needed by 31 December.
A calendar of meetings of interest to IUGG disciplines (especially those organized or sponsored by IUGG Associations) is posted on the IUGG Web Site [ www.IUGG.org ]. Specific information about these meetings, including web links, can be found there. Individual Associations also list more meetings on their web sites appropriate to their disciplines.
October 25 - November 5, 2004
November 2 - November 4, 2004
November 7 - November 10, 2004
November 8 - November 11, 2004
November 9 - November 17, 2004
November 14 - November 19, 2004
November 15 - November 20, 2004
November 19 - November 23, 2004
November 27 - December 2, 2004
December 2 - December 4, 2004
December 6 - December 8, 2004
December 6 - December 9, 2004
December 6 - December 10, 2004
December 13 - December 17, 2004
December 15 - December 18, 2004
January 13 - January 15, 2005
January 17 - January 23, 2005
January 18 - January 22, 2005
January 31 - February 5, 2005
This short, informal newsletter is intended to keep IUGG Member National Committees informed about the activities of the IUGG Associations, and actions of the IUGG Secretariat. Past issues are posted on the IUGG Web site. Your comments are welcome.
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