Thursday, 5 March 2009

Lectures, Space Scholarships, Cosmos 2009


Hi all,

1.  IAA LECTURE: The next public lecture by the Irish Astronomical Association will be on Wed 4 March, at 7.30 p.m. in the Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, QUB, by Kevin Nolan. Entitled "Mars, the Cosmic Stepping Stone", it will be based on his excellent new book of that title, just recently published. Kevin is the representative of The Planetary Society in Ireland, and lectures in astronomy and Physics at ITT in Dublin.

Admission is free, including light refreshments, and all are welcome. 

   Free parking is available on the main campus, beside the lecture theatre, in the evenings - entrance via University Square.

   The IAA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Astrophysics and Planetary Science Division of the Department of Physics, QUB, in sponsoring these lectures.

2. Prof. David Southwood Lecture in Armagh:

Armagh Observatory and Armagh Natural History and Philosophical Society joint public lecture to celebrate International Year of Astronomy 2009:
"Space in a Modern Society"; Rotunda Lecture Theatre, St. Patrick's Trian, Armagh
15:00 to 16:00, Saturday 14th March 2009
    BY: Professor David Southwood, Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, European Space Agency, Headquarters, Paris.
   Summary: With the start of the space age, both the universe and the Earth changed or - at least - mankind's perception of both dramatically changed.  50 years on we can wonder at the vast increase in our knowledge of the Earth, solar system, and the stars and galaxies that access to space has provided.  Space did indeed give us our first capacity to look at our
own planet in a truly global manner.  It even allowed to manage things on a global scale. Who would have predicted in 1957 that now we would use space to navigate our cars? Not many. However, at the same time, how many back then would have been sure that by now we would have had a base on the Moon? Quite a few, no doubt. What then is space about:
exploration, exploitation, inspiration, education, knowledge? And, why does a developed society need to care?
    Tea and biscuits will be served after the lecture, where there will be an opportunity to ask questions.
    This is a free public lecture open to all. Everyone is welcome.  In order to obtain a ticket to reserve your place at the lecture, please contact Mrs Aileen McKee at the Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DG. Tel: 028-3752-2928, E-mail:
    This lecture forms part of the Armagh Observatory and the Armagh Natural History and Philosophical Society's contributions to the UN International Year of Astronomy 2009, and also to the City of Armagh's week of St. Patrick's Day events.

3.   Enterprise Ireland Space Education Scholarships 2009

Enterprise Ireland, together with the European Space Agency, is pleased to announce details of a number of scholarships for postgraduate students to attend courses at the International Space University in Strasbourg and also the Summer School Alpbach in Austria. These scholarships are for Irish graduates in engineering, science, physics and related subjects and are intended to encourage those students to start a career in space research or in the European space industry.

The International Space University (ISU) runs an intensive two-month Space Studies Programme intended to give students an overview of space exploration and development, with this year’s programme being hosted by the NASA Ames Research Center in California. In addition, the ISU run a one-year Master of Space Science (MSc) programmes at their headquarters in Strasbourg, aimed at graduate students with a career in the space sector in mind.

The two-week Summer School Alpbach is organised by the Aeronautics and Space Agency of FFG (the Austrian research promotion agency) and provides in-depth teaching on aspects of space science and technology with the aim of advancing the training and work experience of European graduates (closing date: March 31st)

Full details of scholarships and other space-related opportunities can be found on Enterprise Ireland’s Space Education page,

CONTACT:   Dr Bryan Rodgers, International Technology Programmes, Enterprise Ireland, The Plaza, East Point Business Park, Dublin 3, Ireland.  t: +353 1 7272471; m: +353 87 7521550;

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4. COSMOS 2009 will be held as usual at Annaharvey Farm & Equestrian Centre, Portarlington Road (R 420), Tullamore, on the W/E of 27-29 March. This is always a good event, with interesting speakers & an informal atmosphere.  Details on

Clear Skies,

Terry Moseley

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