May 28, 2001.
This issue of ILBA contains two contributions from our collegues in Romania: an announcement for a workshop treating the interaction between science and religion, and a report on the symposium on solar physics held earlier this year in Bucharest.
ACADEMY UNIVERSITÉ INTERDISCIPLINAIRE
organize the international symposium
SCIENCE AND RELIGION
Antagonism or complementarity
8-10 November 2001, Bucharest, Romania
21st century will be a religious one, or it will not be at all", as
Malraux would say. We
discussion is open to everyone: astronomers or biologists, computer
scientists or physicists,
Romania is a country in which the generations of the second half of
the 20th century were deprived
It is therefore a country in which such a discussion is not only welcome, but also necessary. Official languages: English, French.
Please confirm us by 31 May 2001 your interest in this symposium, by filling out the attached application form.
SCIENCE AND RELIGION
8 - 10 November 2001, Bucharest, Romania
More information in the second circular.
The second contribution from Romania is actually a report on the regional seminar on solar physics, held under the auspices of the reginal branch of EAS in April 2001 in Bucharest.
The Regional Seminar of Solar Physics:
The first international seminar of the South-Eastern Branch of the European Astronomical Society was held in Bucharest, from 24 to 28 April 2001.
This EAS Branch was set up on 29 September 2000. Its goal is to solve the problems of common research fields that the astronomers in this part of Europe are facing, through joint forces, within cooperation projects. The EAS Branch includes Bulgaria, Greece, FYR of Macedonia, Romania, Ukraine, and Yugoslavia. The astronomers of these countries decided to meet periodically, within regional seminars, to discuss the most modern problems raised by their research fields and to establish common projects, which will be submitted to the international bodies for approval and financing.
The first seminar of this kind was dedicated to solar researches. It benefited by a larger participation than the one envisaged, not only of researchers from the member countries, but also of some colleagues from Azerbaijan, France, Italy, and Russia. It is worth mentioning the presence of Brigitte Schmieder, President of JOSO, an international body of solar researches, and of Mauro Messerotti, President of the JOSO Working Group "The Coordination of the Database and of the Processing Methods".
The Seminar was dedicated to the memory of Prof. Vladimir Nikolov Dermendjiev (1943 - 2001), the initiator and coordinator of the solar researches in Bulgaria, who passed away on 5 January 2001.
Both the contributions and the debates which followed were very lively, not only due to their high scientific level, but especially due to the topics approached, as we are just in the maximum activity phase of the current solar cycle and, between two total solar eclipses (the last eclipse of the second millennium, the one of 11 August, 1999 and the first one of the third millennium, that of 21 June, 2001).
The invited lectures presented the solar researches in Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Ukraine, and Yugoslavia, emphasizing the competitive results and the plans of future researches. The invited specialists presented the newest results in space and ground-based research concerning solar prominences, coronal mass ejections, as well as the importance of the continuous observation of the solar radio radiation for the space weather forecasts.
The contributed papers were also centered on current topics of solar research from each participant country. Thus, papers on the cyclic variation of the solar activity, solar magnetic fields, solar prominences, coronal mass ejections, sympathetic flares, and the importance of spectroscopic researches for solar physics were presented. Researches on the solar wind and some geophysical effects of the solar phenomena were also discussed.
The most interesting research projects, concerning the intense study of the solar energetic phenomena, will be submitted in the immediate period to the specialized European and world scientific bodies to be analyzed, so that they may finally enter the international circuit of solar researches and probably benefit by financing.
Magda Stavinschi, Georgeta Maris
And, finally, some solid state physics:
The next Yugoslav symposium on solid state physics (SFKM 2001) will be held October 3-5 2001. The location has not yet been fixed. Foreign participation is possible, and all details on the symposium will be available at the following web site: http://www/ff.bg.ac.yu/sfkm/index.htm or by e-mail from: email@example.com