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INFORMATION LETTER 
ON BALKAN ASTRONOMY

May 28, 2001. 
Number 
4

                        

Dear collegues,

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.

ROMANIAN ACADEMY                      UNIVERSITÉ INTERDISCIPLINAIRE
DE PARIS                   
NATIONAL COMMISSION                   BLACK SEA UNIVERSITY
OF
ROMANIA FOR UNESCO                               FOUNDATION

organize the international symposium

SCIENCE AND RELIGION

Antagonism or complementarity

8-10 November 2001, Bucharest, Romania

"The 21st century will be a religious one, or it will not be at all", as Malraux would say. We
already are in the 21st century, and we do not know to what extent this assertion is true. What
the scientists have to say? Or the theologists? Which is the opinion of the believers or of the
atheists? Can a dialogue between science and religion be established? Are they antagonistic? May
we talk about a complementarity between them? These are questions we invite you to discuss.

This discussion is open to everyone: astronomers or biologists, computer scientists or physicists,
psychologists or physicians, representatives of any science or art, Christian or Jew, Moslem or
Buddhist, believer or atheist, to everyone who wants to present his opinion or to know other opinion.

Romania is a country in which the generations of the second half of the 20th century were deprived
of any religious education, but also the first orthodox country visited by Pope John Paul II, in May 1999.

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
Antagonism or complementarity

8 - 10 November 2001, Bucharest, Romania 

APPLICATION FORM
Deadline: 31 May 2001

Name: _________________________________________________________________________

E-mail:__________________________________________________________________________

Affiliation: _______________________________________________________________________

Full address:_____________________________________________________________________

Informative title of your lecture/Indication of interest: _____________________________________

    

Hotel Reservation: 

Hotel **** (Continental): 170 USD
Hotel *** (Bulevard): 47 USD
Hotel ** (Politehnica): 30 USD
Hotel * (Stadion National): 25 USD
Prices are per room and per night; breakfast included. Dinner is available at each hotel.
Payment upon arrival in "lei" (Romanian currency) by cash.

Registration fee: 100 USD

More information in the second circular. 

Contact persons:

Magda Stavinschi:
Tel: +401 335 68 92, +4092 736 864, Tel/fax: +401 337 33 89,
E-mail:
magda@roastro.astro.ro

Isadora Precup:
 Tel:  +401 650 75 97, Fax: +401 312 52 24
 E-mail:
precup@acad.ro

 

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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:
"SOLAR RESEARCHES IN SOUTH-EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES: PRESENT AND
PERSPECTIVES"

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
(
magda@roastro.roastro.ro)

                      

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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: sfkm@ff.bg.ac.yu

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The editors,

dr Milcho Tsvetkov
Sofia Sky Archive Data Center
72 Tsarigradsko Shosse Blvd.

Sofia 1784 
Bulgaria 
milcho@skyarchive.org

                                          
fax:+359 2 9744 835
Vladan Celebonovic
Institute of Physics
Pregrevica 118
11080 Zemun-Beograd
Yugoslavia
vladan@phy.bg.ac.yu

vcelebonovic@sezampro.yu
fax:+381 11 3162190 

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