Astrophysics and Space Science Library

Organizations and Strategies in Astronomy 6

Editors: Heck, Andre (Ed.)

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This book is the sixth volume under the title Organizations and Strategies in Astronomy (OSA). The OSA series is intended to cover a large range of fields and themes. In practice, one could say that all aspects of astronomy-related life and environment are considered in the spirit of sharing specific expertise and lessons learned.

The chapters of this book are dealing with socio-dynamical aspects of the astronomy (and related space sciences) community: characteristics of organizations, strategies for development, legal issues, operational techniques, observing practicalities, educational policies, journal and magazine profiles, public outreach, publication studies, relationships with the media, research communication, evaluation and selection procedures, research indicators, national specificities, contemporary history, and so on.

The experts contributing to this volume have done their best to write in a way understandable to readers not necessarily hyperspecialized in astronomy while providing specific detailed information and sometimes enlightening `lessons learned' sections. The book concludes with an updated bibliography of publications related to socio-astronomy and to the interactions of the astronomy community with the society at large.

This volume will be most usefully read by researchers, teachers, editors, publishers, librarians, sociologists of science, research planners and strategists, project managers, public-relations officers, plus those in charge of astronomy-related organizations, as well as by students aiming at a career in astronomy or related space science.

About the authors

Place and date of birth: Jalhay (Belgium), 20 Sept. 1946. Nationalities: Belgian (birth), French (2004). Languages: Walloon (mother tongue), French (education language), English, Spanish (excellent knowledge), German (good knowledge), practical notions of a number of other languages.

University degrees:

Master of mathematics - Liège State University (1969) (title of the thesis: Apsidal motion and internal structure of the stars) Master of education - Liège State University (1969) Post-graduate certificates - Liège State University: General astrophysics (1970), Celestial mechanics (1970), Modern techniques of documentation (1971), Modern techniques of astrophysical observations (1972), Structure and dynamics of the Galaxy (1973)

Post-graduate certificate - Paris VI University: Probability and statistics (1970)

Ph.D. ("Doctorat d'Etat") - Liège State University (1975) - title of the theses: Application of the maximum-likelihood principle to the calibration of stellar luminosity criteria (main thesis). The multivariate statistical analysis provides indications on the meaning of photometric indices.

Certification in management - Management Center Europe (1981)

Certification in marketing, communication techniques and advertising - Strasbourg III University (1985)

D.Sc. ("Agrégation de l'Enseignement Supérieur Universitaire") - Liège State University (1985) - title of the theses: A few new contributions to astronomical statitics (main thesis). The photometric behavior of the irregular variable V348 Sgr shows that the characteristic times of variation proposed previously were incorrect. The statistical parallaxes obtained by application of the maximum-likelihood principle allow a consistent and independent recalibration of the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. The quasi-periodic variations detected in the very slow nova RR Tel since its 1944 outburst explicit the role of the Mira component of the system. The rotation of the Galaxy (academic lecture).

Habilitation to direct researches - Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg I) University (1986).

Past and present positions:

Research Fellow of the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research, Liège Institute of Astrophysics, Belgium (1969-1970)

Assistant Professor, Liège Institute of Astrophysics, Belgium (1970-1978)

Visiting Astronomer, Paris Astronomical Observatory, France (first semester 1971)

Associated Astronomer, Strasbourg Astronomical Observatory, France (May 1976)

Resident Astronomer, European Space Agency (ESA) International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) Ground Observatory, Villafranca del Castillo, Spain (1977-1980)

Deputy and Acting Observatory Controller, ESA IUE Ground Observatory, Villafranca del Castillo, Spain (1980-1983)

Associated Astronomer, Strasbourg Astronomical Observatory, France (1983-1986)

Astronomer, Strasbourg Astronomical Observatory, France (1986- )

Director, Strasbourg Astronomical Observatory, France (1988-1990)

Invited Chair Professor, Porto University, Portugal (October-November 1990)

Publications:

ESA IUE Newsletter 1-4 (1979) Third European IUE Conference (with E. Rolfe & B. Battrick), ESA SP-176 (1982) xiv + 622 pp. (ISSN 0379-6566) UV Stellar Classification (with B. Battrick), ESA SP-182 (1982) vi + 136 pp. (ISSN 0379-6566) Newsletter of the `Working Group for Modern Astronomical Methodology' (with F. Murtagh) 1-8 (1985-1989) Astronomy from Large Databases. Scientific Objectives and Methodological Approaches. Garching, 12-14 October 1987 (with F. Murtagh), ESO Conf. & Workshop Proc. 28 (1988) xiv + 512 pp. (ISBN 3-923524-28-5) Knowledge-Based Systems in Astronomy (with F. Murtagh), Lectures Notes in Physics 329, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg (1989) ii + 280 pp. (ISBN 3-540-51044-3 & 0-387-51044-3) Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Astronomy -- Techniques d'Intelligence Artificielle pour l'Astronomie (XIe Journée de Strasbourg -- XIth Strasbourg Astronomical Day), Obs. Astron. Strasbourg (1989) viii + 82 pp. (ISSN 0989-621x -- ISBN 2-906361-04-6) Fractals in Astronomy -- Fractales en Astronomie (XIIe Journée de Strasbourg -- XIIth Strasbourg Astronomical Day), Vistas in Astron. 33 (1990) 245-424 Newsletter of the IAU Comm. 5 Working Group on `Astronomical Data' (1991-1994) Applying Fractals to Astronomy (with J.M. Perdang), Lectures Notes in Physics m3, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg (1991) x + 210 pp. (ISBN 3-540-54353-8 & 0-387-54353-8) Desktop Publishing in Astronomy and Space Sciences, World Scientific, Singapore (1992) xii + 240 pp. (ISBN 981-02-0915-0). Astronomy from Large Databases II. Haguenau, 14-16 September 1992 (with F. Murtagh), ESO Conf. & Workshop Proc. 43 (1992) x + 534 pp. (ISBN 3-923524-47-1) Intelligent Information Retrieval: The Case of Astronomy and Related Space Sciences (with F. Murtagh), Astrophys. Sp. Sc. Library 182, Kluwer Acad. Publ., Dordrecht (1993) iv + 214 pp. (ISBN 0-7923-2295-9). Weaving the Astronomy Web (with D. Egret), Vistas in Astron. 39 (1995) i-x + 1-126 Strategies and Techniques of Information for Astronomy (with F. Murtagh), Vistas in Astron. 40 (1996) 361-440 Electronic Publishing for Physics and Astronomy, Astrophys. Sp. Sc. Library 224, Kluwer Acad. Publ., Dordrecht (1997) viii + 250 pp. (ISBN 0-7923-4820-6) + Astrophys. Sp. Sc. 247 (1997) viii + 250 pp. Proceedings of the Fifth Workshop on Data Analysis in Astronomy (with V. Di Gesú, M.J.B. Duff, M.C. Maccarone, L. Scarsi & H.U. Zimmermann), World Scientific, Singapore (1997) xiv + 422 pp. (ISBN 981-02-3171-7). From Information Fusion to Data Mining (with R. Molina & F. Murtagh), Vistas in Astron. 41 (1997) 327-461 Post-Hipparcos Cosmic Candles (with F. Caputo), Astrophys. Sp. Sc. Library 237, Kluwer Acad. Publ., Dordrecht (1999) x + 284 pp. (ISBN 0-7923-5348-x). Harmonizing Cosmic Distance Scales in a Post-Hipparcos Era (with D. Egret), Astron. Soc. Pacific Conf. Ser. 167 (1999) xxiv + 342 pp. (ISBN 1-886733-88-0) Information Handling in Astronomy, Astrophys. Sp. Sc. Library 250, Kluwer Acad. Publ., Dordrecht (2000) x + 242 pp. (ISBN 0-7923-6494-5) Organizations and Strategies in Astronomy, Astrophys. Sp. Sc. Library 256, Kluwer Acad. Publ., Dordrecht (2000) x + 222 pp. (ISBN 0-7023-6671-9).  Organizations and Strategies in Astronomy II, Astrophys. Sp. Sc. Library 266, Kluwer Acad. Publ., Dordrecht (2001) x + 292 pp. (ISBN 0-7923-7172-0). Organizations and Strategies in Astronomy III, Astrophys. Sp. Sc. Library 280, Kluwer Acad. Publ., Dordrecht (2002) x + 234 pp. (ISBN 1-4020-0812-0). Information Handling in Astronomy -- Historical Vistas, Astrophys. Sp. Sc. Library 285 , Kluwer Acad. Publ., Dordrecht (2003) xii + 294 pp. (ISBN 1-4020-1178-4). Astronomy Communication (with Cl. Madsen), Astrophys. Sp. Sc. Library 290, Kluwer Acad. Publ., Dordrecht (2003) x + 226 pp. (ISBN 1-4020-1345-0). Organizations and Strategies in Astronomy -- Vol. 4, Astrophys. Sp. Sc. Library 296, Kluwer Acad. Publ., Dordrecht (2003) xii + 325 pp. (ISBN 1-4020-1526-7). Organizations and Strategies in Astronomy -- Vol. 5, Astrophys. Sp. Sc. Library 310, Kluwer Acad. Publ., Dordrecht (2004) xii + 309 pp. (ISBN 1-4020-2570-X). Strasbourg Astronomical Observatory, its People and their Science over the Years, Astrophys. Sp. Sc. Library, Springer, Dordrecht (2005), in preparation. Behind the Scenes: The Untold Story (AB), in preparation

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Organizations and Strategies in Astronomy 6
Editors
  • Andre Heck
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Series Volume
335
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4056-6
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-4056-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4055-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-8851-0
Series ISSN
0067-0057
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 351
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