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Special Colloquium on the History of Astronomy

400 years of telescopes - the European contribution

in the framework of the
Joint European Astronomy Meeting and National Astronomy Meeting
JENAM - 2008
September 8 - 12, 2008, Vienna, Austria

First announcement and call for papers

The European meeting of astronomers to be held in September 2008 will give the opportunity to look up on 400 years of telescopes - the European contribution.
The colloquium is being organized by the Working Group for the History of Astronomy in the Astronomische Gesellschaft, who invited other European astronomers to the SOC.

Scientific Organizing Committee - SOC:

Dr. Lajos BALAZS, Budapest, Hungary, Email: balazs@konkoly.hu
Dr. Hilmar DUERBECK1, Universität Münster, Germany, E-mail: hilmar@uni-muenster.de
Dr. Izold PUSTYLNIK † (passed away 2008 May 2)
Dr. Christiaan L. STERKEN, Brüssel, Belgium, E-mail: csterken@vub.ac.be
Dr. Anneliese SCHNELL, Wien, Austria, E-mail: schnell@astro.univie.ac.at

Local Organizing Committee - LOC:

Dr. Anneliese SCHNELL
c/o Institut für Astronomie der Universität Wien
A-1180 Vienna
E-mail: schnell@astro.univie.ac.at
Tel: (43) 1 4277 53801
Fax: (43) 1 4277 9518

Location and time:

Friday, September 12, 2008, afternoon:
Main building of the University of Vienna (oral presentations only)

Saturday, September 13, 2008:
Institute for Astronomy, Türkenschanzstr. 17, A-1180 Vienna (oral presentations and posters)


Download abstracts
Download agenda

Arrival and departure, accomodation:

See the corresponding pages at the JENAM-2008 web site:


Call for papers:

Both oral and poster contributions will be accepted. However, oral papers have to address the main theme of the colloquium, whereas posters may also deal with other topics from the history of astronomy in general. The SOC reserves the right to accept the contributions and to decide on the type of presentation (oral or poster).

Oral Papers and Poster Papers: Each contributor must send an abstract before the deadline May 31, 2008. The abstracts have to be submitted electronically to Dr. Anneliese Schnell (schnell@astro.univie.ac.at).

Registration and registration fees:

For participants of the general JENAM - 2008 conference who also want to attend this Special Colloquium, please see the JENAM - 2008 web site.

Reduced fee for Special Colloquium-only participants (who will arrive on Friday noon and will not take part in other parts of JENAM-2008): € 20.-.
Please register via email to Dr. Anneliese Schnell (schnell@astro.univie.ac.at).

Financial Assistance:

No financial support of any kind can be provided by the organizers of this Special Colloquium.


We will try to organize a visit to the Kuffner Observatory.

In Vienna there also will be the 3rd International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science:

Other meetings of interest:

1As substitute for I. PUSTYLNIK