Astronomy at the frontier of science (AFS 2009)

Venue: Institut d\'Astrophysique de Paris

Location: Paris, France

Event Date/Time: Nov 12, 2009 End Date/Time: Nov 13, 2009
Early Registration Date: Nov 06, 2009
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Description

Since its origins, astronomy has been reflecting on man's place in the universe. The main lines of astronomical research as defined in the agendas of the European Programmes¬ the borders of universe, the formation of galaxies, the formation of stars and planets, the origin of life - set a pattern of evolution leading to humans, while asking the nagging question of the presence of the Other. If the question is still basically the same, technological and scientific advances in recent decades bring astronomy into the position to explore entirely new worlds. By the wide scope of its topics - from high-energy physics to biology – astronomy has become a science of complex systems, requiring multidisciplinary approaches, mobilizing human and technical resources at supranational scales. It has today an organizational chart relating different research poles (theory, computational simulation, massive use of databases, new ways of observation / facilities). In this complex framework, roadmaps are draft in a continuously adjustable way, according to the discoveries and technological advances.
Organized by Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, the National Center for Scientific Research and co-sponsored by SAGEM (a corporate organization), the conference will gather European scientists from natural and social sciences, engineers from high-technology firms participating to astronomical research programs and, more particularly, science foresight specialists.

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME:
Thursday, 12 November


9h15-9h30
Registration

9h30-9h45
Jean-Marie Hameury, conference chair
Conference opening

ASTRONOMY AND THE UNIFIED CONCEPTION OF KNOWLEDGES

9h45-10h05
David Aubin, IMJ (UPMC), Paris
The History of Observatory Sciences and techniques

10h05-10h25
James Lequeux, Observatoire de Paris
Astronomy and technical development: the example of millimetric radioastronomy

10h25-10h45
Caroline Terquem, IAP, Paris
The extrasolar planets

10h45-11h15
Debate

11h15-11h30
Coffee break

11h30-11h50
Guillaume Dubus, LAOG, Grenoble
The space, a laboratory for high energy physics
11h50-12h10
Muriel Gargaud, Observatoire de Bordeaux
Astronomy and interdisciplinarity: the example of exobiology

12h10-12h30
Thérèse Encrenaz, Observatoire de Paris
Planetology, a new science

12h30-13h00
Debate

13h00-14h30
Lunch

ASTRONOMY SCIENCE AND FRAMEWORK POLICIES
14h30-14h50
Pierre Léna, Académie des Sciences, Paris
The happy marriage of astronomy with other sciences

14h50-15h10
Fabienne Casoli, CNES
International strategies for space science

15h10-15h30
Debate

15h30-15h45
Coffee break

15h45-16h05
Johannes Andersen, Nordic Optical Telescope, La Palma (ES)
Coordinated European and Global Planning for Astronomy

16h05-16h25
Marcello Coradini, ESA, Paris
Astronomy and space exploration

16h25-17h00
Debate



Vendredi 13 novembre


ASTRONOMER AND TOOLS FOR OBSERVATION

9h15-9h30
Enregistration

9h30-9h45
Introduction

9h45-10h05
Bernard Fort, IAP, Paris
Working as astronomer : a witness

10h05-10h25
Mark Allen, Observatoire de Strasbourg
The virtual observatory

10h25-10h45
Martin Giard, CESR, Toulouse
The big ground observatories

10h45-11h15
Debate

11h15-11h30
Coffee break

11h30-11h50
François Bouchy, IAP, Paris
Dedicated instrumentation on small telescopes for exoplanets search

11h50-12h10
Guy Guyot, INSU, Paris
Research and industry, an overview

12h10-12h30
Eric Ruch, SAGEM, Paris
The challenge of the optics in the future Extremely Large Telescopes

12h30-13h00
Debate

13h00-14h30
Lunch


ASTRONOMY AND SOCIETY: MUTUAL ENRICHMENT

14h30-14h50
Gerry Gilmore, University of Cambridge, UK
Reality and origins: does cosmology inform our understanding?
14h50-15h10
François Forget, LMD, Paris
Mars, Earth, Venus : global destinies

15h10-15h30
Debate

15h30-15h45
Coffee break

15h45-16h05
Pierre Encrenaz, Observatoire de Paris
Sciences at School and astronomy

16h05-16h25
Philippe Morel, Président SAF, Paris
An example of citizen science: 122 years of astronomy amateurs contribution

16h25-16h55
François Lacombe, Observatoire de Paris
A telescope in the eye", an example of scientific collaboration with the French hospital “Les Quinze Vingts”

16h55-17h30
Debate

17h30
Conference closing

Venue

98bis, bd Arago
Paris
France
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Additional Information

Access to the conference is free; registration deadline (on the ISTP-FMSH website) by November 6th.