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Informational Email 2009-01

Decadal Survey Forums

Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
huerta at

As part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal survey, the survey is soliciting input from the astronomical community on science white papers:

CALL FOR SCIENCE WHITE PAPERS - The Committee on Astro2010 invites interested parties from the broad community to submit white papers focusing on how our understanding of the scientific frontiers in astronomy may be advanced in the future. White papers should be submitted to one or more of the five thematic Science Frontier Panels, and should specifically and succinctly address their charges to identify new science opportunities and compelling science themes, to place those in the broader scientific context, and to describe the key advances in observation, experiment and theory necessary to realize those scientific opportunities within the decade 2010-2020. Submissions in response to this call MUST BE MADE between 12:01 a.m. EST, Monday, February 9 and 11:59 p.m., Sunday, February 15, 2009. ALL SUBMITTED WHITE PAPERS WILL BE MADE PUBLIC.

To help facilitate collaboration between groups on science white papers, the AAS has made available it's web-based forums for use by AAS members for discussion. You can register and access the forums here:

Topics for each of the five thematic science subject areas have already been created. Users can create new topics if they wish. We encourage AAS members to take an active role in participating in the decadal survey. It is through the participation of the entire community that the decadal survey will be a success.

Mailed to AAS members from 13 January 2009.

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