Planet Days 2018

In addition to our meeting at IAU, Division F (our parent division) is hosting an event called Planet Days 2018 on August 24 and 27 during the General Assembly. The goal of this “pop-up” meeting is to allow for the IAU GA to cover brand-new topics that might not have been known about when proposals for meetings were due, such as Planet X and 1I/2017 U1 `Oumuamua.

Your registration for the General Assembly for our Focus Meeting will also allow you access to the Planet Days, so I encourage everyone to also consider submitting abstracts to this “pop-up” meeting and attending those talks and poster sessions.

More information is available at the Planet Days webpage:

IAU PhD Prizes

If you know a graduate student studying asteroid families, please consider nominating them for an IAU PhD prize. This prize recognizes outstanding scientific achievement in astrophysics around the world. This is an excellent opportunity for young and talented scientists to get some recognition and exposure.

The deadline for nominations is December 15th, 2017.

All information on the application procedure for the PhD Prize can be found on the IAU’s webpage

You can also read the official announcement of the Prize and the announcement of the winners of the 2017 edition for more information.

Meeting Abstract

The IAU 2018 GA occurs during the 100th anniversary of the identification of asteroid families by Kiyotsugu Hirayama. In this Focus Meeting, we will celebrate a century of asteroid family research, bringing together researchers from around the globe to review the history of the field, highlight major turning points in our understanding of asteroid families, present new results from recent asteroid family studies, and discuss the potential new avenues of research that will be opened in the coming years. Our 100th anniversary celebration will provide an excellent opportunity to showcase the worldwide research into asteroid families and excite the next generation of researchers who will begin the second century of family studies.