As I write this column, I am preparing and packing for the long trip across the Pacific Ocean to the 28th International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly in Beijing, China.
AAS Announces New Topical Conference Series
The AAS is pleased to announce a new Topical Conference Series that will begin in late July and August of 2013, with proposals for possible conferences due June 1, 2012. The AAS vice presidents will competitively select three proposals for conferences in 2013 and may select more for future years.
The AAS Topical Conference Series, or AASTCS, (pronounced "aztecs"), will be composed of cutting-edge topical meetings representing frontier research in astronomy and astrophysics, planetary science, heliophysics or related scientific areas and provide an enjoyable venue to interact at depth with colleagues and fellow researchers. Attractive locations will be a feature of these conferences and we anticipate the first conferences will be held in a comfortable mountain setting with ample opportunity for recreation outside of the set meeting times.
See AASTCS page for further details.