Please notice: Skyway cableway first ascent is scheduled at 7.30 am; then 7.40 am, 8.00 am, 8.20 am, 8.40 am, 9.00 am, every 20 minutes. Last ascent is scheduled at 4.20 pm, while last descent at 5.00 pm.
Astronomy & Astrophysics from Antarctica (AAA) is a Scientific Research Program of SCAR, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. The objectives of AAA are to coordinate all astronomical activities in Antarctica ensuring the best possible outcomes from international investment in Antarctic astronomy, and to maximize the opportunities for productive interaction with other disciplines. This meeting aims to bring together all the key players in Antarctic astronomy to conclude the 2015 – 2018 Implementation Plan and to coordinate future strategies and collaborations. This is the fifth meeting in the series, following the AAA2011 in Sydney, Australia, the AAA2013 at the Certosa di Pontignano, Italy, the AAA2015 in Hawaii, USA, and the AAA2017 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In addition to Antarctic research, projects related to Arctic astronomy are also invited to AAA2019.
Read the press release (in Italian).
Venue and Organization
This edition of SCAR AAA will be held on 17-19 June 2019 at the Skyway Mont Blanc in Courmayeur, Italy, between the eternal ice of Mont Blanc. It is being jointly organized by AAA and OAVdA, the Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of Aosta Valley.
The language of the Workshop will be English.
The main program will be organized into different sessions to guarantee ample space for discussions and contribution. Each session will have both solicited speakers and space available for contributed talks and posters.
The deadline for contribution (oral and posters) is April 30, 2019.
The registration fee (registration page) includes:
- Workshop attendance
- Daily roundtrip tickets for Skyway cable cars, for the duration of the Workshop
- Coffee breaks during each Workshop day
- Excursion to Punta Helbronner – top station at 3.466 mt
- 10% discount for a selection of hotels in the Courmayeur area
The Workshop Gala dinner will be optional and held at the Restaurant Bellevue. The restaurant directly faces Val Veny and has a fantastic panoramic view of Mont Blanc.
The Workshop venue is immersed in a breathtaking landscape of Mont Blanc thanks to the 360° rotating cabins and 3 futuristic stations with restaurants, bars and entertainment services
Travel grants are available to offset transportation costs to attend the meeting.
The deadline for early registration is June 1st, 2019.
The deadline to apply for travel grants is April 30, 2019.
Please display the following mini-poster/advert at your institution.
Note: participants should be aware that since Courmayeur is located at 1300 m a.s.l (4270 ft) and the conference facility is at 2200m a.s.l (7220 ft), participation to the conference will require daily changes of altitude of approximately 900 m (3000 ft) . In addition, the optional journey to Punta Helbronner at 3466m (11380 ft) will provide an even more extreme change in altitude.
People with certain medical conditions need to take special precautions when traveling at high altitudes and they should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare providers.