The XXXI IAU General Assembly business sessions draw to a close

The XXXI IAU General Assembly business sessions draw to a close

Press Release
From: International Astronomical Union
Posted: Monday, August 30, 2021

At the General Assembly Business Sessions, the IAU welcomed Botswana as a new National Member, and Bolivia, Ecuador, and Iraq as Observers. The General Assembly additionally accepted 11 Honorary Members, 281 new Individual Members, and 191 new Junior Members. The fraction of females is 35% amongst Junior Members, and 21% total for IAU Members. This is a rise of three% as compared with 2018.

The funds and accounts for 2018–2021 have been offered. The funds for the following triennium was offered and accepted, together with a change to the Bye-laws relating to the timing of funds submissions. The new members of the Finance Committee and the Special Nominating Committee have been accepted. Division Presidents and Vice Presidents have been additionally formally introduced.

The 4 IAU Officers accepted for the following triennium are:

  • President: Debra Meloy Elmegreen
  • General Secretary: José Miguel Rodriguez Espinosa
  • President-elect: Willy Benz
  • Assistant General Secretary: Diana Worrall

Three new Vice Presidents be part of the Executive Committee: Hyesung Kang, Solomon Tessema and Ilya Usoskin. They will serve together with second-term VPs Laura Ferrarese, Daniela Lazzaro and Junichi Watanabe.

In her welcome deal with, President Debra Elmegreen mentioned, “We are extraordinarily grateful to outgoing President Ewine van Dishoeck and outgoing General Secretary Teresa Lago for his or her exemplary management. As we start to emerge from the unprecedented 1.5 years of worldwide devastation on many fronts, we’ve alternatives to strengthen the IAU and its work. Some of our new initiatives deal with schooling, coaching, Dark and Quiet Skies, and Climate and Climate Change. Underlying all our efforts is our want to have an inclusive, welcoming astronomical group that unites us. Of course the core of the IAU is our scientific conferences, the place we share our discoveries and concepts concerning the Universe. I hope to see a lot of you in Busan for the XXXI General Assembly in 2022!”

Four new Resolutions have been offered on the General Assembly:

  1. Resolution B1 in assist of the safety of geodetic radio astronomy in opposition to radio frequency interference.
  2. Resolution B2 on the advance of the Earth’s rotation theories and fashions.
  3. Resolution B3 on the Gaia Celestial Reference Frame.
  4. Resolution B4 on using a customary photometric system in ultraviolet (UV) astronomy.

Voting for the resolutions takes place between 26 August and 10 September 2021, after which the outcomes shall be introduced.

Outgoing President Ewine van Dishoeck concluded, “This has been an uncommon, and an unusually busy, triennium in some ways: beginning to implement the brand new Strategic Plan, celebrating 100 years of the IAU worldwide simply earlier than the pandemic hit, and subsequently addressing main challenges whereas being far aside. I would like to thank your complete IAU household for his or her enormous efforts to convey the dream of ‘Astronomy for All’ a step nearer to actuality.”

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The IAU is the worldwide astronomical organisation that brings collectively greater than 12 000 energetic skilled astronomers from greater than 100 nations worldwide. Its mission is to promote and safeguard astronomy in all its features, together with analysis, communication, schooling and improvement, via worldwide cooperation. The IAU additionally serves because the internationally recognised authority for assigning designations to celestial our bodies and the floor options on them. Founded in 1919, the IAU is the world’s largest skilled physique for astronomers.


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