THE ArAS I ANNUAL MEETING
The First Annual Meeting of
the Armenian Astronomical Society was held on July 25, 2002, in the Byurakan
Astrophysical Observatory Conference Hall, where a number of outstanding
meetings had been organized, including 4 IAU Symposia and 1 IAU Colloquium in
2001. Mainly Byurakan Observatory astronomers participated in the meeting.
The meeting was opened by Haik
Harutyunian, Chairman of the Organizing Committee. Then Areg Mickaelian,
the ArAS President, presented a report on ArAS activities during 2001-2002.
was in fact founded in 1999; however, officially it was registered by the
Ministry of Justice of Armenia
in August 2001. 16 astronomers are the founding members. In September, 2001, ArAS was accepted in the European
Astronomical Society as one of its affiliated societies. During
September-December 2001, a number of new members appeared in ArAS,
mostly from the Byurakan Observatory. Then A.Mickaelian and Y.Terzian made an announcement to
all Armenian astronomers about ArAS,
and a number of scientists from other than Armenia
countries entered ArAS
too. An article on the Armenian astronomy and ArAS
activities was published in the EAS Newsletter at the end of 2001. Another information
material on ArAS
appeared in one of the most readable Armenian newsletters in May 2002.
ArAS web page
was prepared by S.Balayan and A.Mickaelian and is
available since January 2002. It contains information on the ArAS
foundation, its main goals and activities, members, the membership form,
Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory and other astronomical institutions in Armenia.
In February, 2002, an ArAS booklet
was prepared and published with the main information to be circulated. Since
March 2002, the ArAS Newsletter (ArASNews) is being published electronically
and circulated among all ArAS
members and other Armenian astronomers. The Editor is Tigran
Magakian. 2 issues have been circulated already in
March and July. Contacts have been established with the International
Astronomical Union (IAU), Euro-Asian Astronomical Society (EAAS), Association
of Armenian Scientists and Engineers in America.
In May 2002, ArAS
was recognized by the International Astronomical Olympic Committee (IOC) as the
of Armenia at IOC. Armen Oskanian is the ArAS
responsible person at IOC. In June 2002, two Armenian astronomers were elected
in the EAAS
official bodies: A.Mickaelian entered the EAAS Council, and
T.Magakian, the EAAS Scientific-Technical Committee.
present, ArAS has 46 members
from Armenia, USA, Germany
The Armenian institutions include the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO),
Yerevan State University (YSU), Yerevan Physics Institute (YerPhI),
and Garni Space Astronomy Institute. A biographical
Astronomers" is being prepared by A.Mickaelian with data on
all late and present Armenian astronomers, as well as on astronomers who had
represented and represent the Armenian astronomy. A global program for astronomical education in
is being prepared to coordinate the astronomical knowledge at all levels by
H.Harutyunian, the liaison of the IAU Commission No. 46 in Armenia.
educational TV program is being prepared too.
The scientific section of the ArAS
Meeting lasted 3 hours, and 9 talks were presented on various aspects of
astrophysics. At the afternoon, organizational affairs were discussed.
A.Mickaelian presented the state of the ArAS' relations with
the European Astronomical Society (EAS) and the Euro-Asian Astronomical Society
(EAAS). The Executive Council of the EAAS had applied to ArAS to open an
official representative body in Armenia. It was decided
that ArAS will take the responsibilities of such body. A few
changes in the Bye-Laws have been made in correspondence with the new Armenian
legislation on Non-Governmental Organizations. There was a suggestion to
enlarge the ArAS Executive Committee by electing Yervant Terzian (Cornell University, USA) and Haik Harutyunian (BAO, Armenia) in it. During the
discussion, a suggestion was made to elect them both as ArAS Co-Presidents and
Co-Presidents together with A.Mickaelian. A decision was made, however we
need to have opinions of other ArAS members too to
accept it finally.
A small banquet was organized
at the end of the Meeting.
The ArAS First Annual Meeting
was short and a few contributions were made. However, it was the first attempt,
and it had a success.