The Physics of Sun and Star Spots
is now behind us. Many thanks to the Local Organizing Committee, the
Scientific Organizing Committee, and all the attendees who helped make
it such a success!
Please see the Proceedings page for important information regarding
submission of poster and oral presentations for publication in the IAU Proceedings.
The drop-dead deadline is 30 September 2010.
IAU Symposium 273: Physics
of Sun and Star Spots
is being held at the Crowne Plaza
Hotel in Ventura, California, USA from 22-26 August 2010. Ventura is
approximately one hour drive time north of Los Angeles and the
Symposium venue is the only Ventura hotel located directly on the
Pacific Ocean shoreline!
Physics of Sun and Star Spots
is the first IAU symposium to bring together these two research fields
in order to exchange information and promote greater understanding in
each field. With plenty of past and current research as well as new
instrumentation coming online, this is an exciting time for the study
of both sun and star spots.
With such science topics as the formation and decay of sunspots, solar
and stellar magnetism, observational techniques, and a unified approach
to understanding sun and star spots, it seems only fitting that
supporting IAU commissions include the following: Commission 10 – Solar
Activity, Commission 12 – Solar Radiation and Structure, Commission 49
– Interplanetary Plasma and Heliosphere, and Commission 9 –
Instrumentation and Techniques. The coordinating IAU Division is
Division II – Sun and Heliosphere.
In addition to three and a half days of exciting science and poster
sessions, the symposium will be preceded on Sunday evening by a welcome
reception, giving everyone an opportunity to mingle and connect with
old and new friends and colleagues. Tuesday will be a half-day science
session, leaving the afternoon free to participate in a sponsored
special activity, explore the local Ventura restaurants, antique shops,
art galleries, museums, and historic San Buenaventura Mission, stroll
the boardwalk along the shore, or just kick back and soak up some rays
on the beach only a few yards from the venue's “back door.” If enough
interest exists among the registrants, an all-day tour to Mt. Wilson
(where sunspot magnetic fields were first discovered 100 years ago!)
will be offered on the Friday following the symposium. Wednesday night
will include a banquet.
Some participants might want to attend the Cool Star Conference in
Seattle the following week. What better prelude than this symposium! So
check out all the information, especially those important deadlines
, start thinking about
writing up your abstracts and your posters, and plan to attend the Physics of Sun and Star Spots