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OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT of an INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE on:

BINARY STAR EVOLUTION: MASS LOSS, ACCRETION, and MERGERS

in Celebration of Ron Webbink's 65th Birthday

on Mykonos, Greece -- June 22 - 25, 2010

Following an enthusiastic response to our preliminary announcement of the conference on binary evolution, we are even more looking forward to our gathering honoring Ron Webbink and further celebrating Peter Eggleton's and Ed van den Heuvel's birthdays!

We have now compiled our Scientific Organizing Committee and organization plans are advancing rapidly. Please check out the conference web site:

http://legacy.ciera.northwestern.edu/Ron-fest2010/.

The conference organizing supporters are the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) at Northwestern University and the "Associazione Cefalý and Astronomy". In this official announcement, we are contacting you with information on important deadlines, and with a request for submission of brief suggestions for potential presentations.

PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AS BROADLY AS YOU WISH!

IMPORTANT DEADLINES:

January 4, 2010 - submission of breif suggestions for presentations (to w-finney@northwestern.edu; e-mail subject: Presentation Suggestion by )

February 24, 2010 - submission of presentation titles and abstracts

March 15, 2010 - early registration; announcement of tentative scientific program

March 15, 2010 - announcement of final scientific program

April 19, 2010 - room reservations at conference hotel & late registration

SCIENCE TOPICS & REQUEST FOR TALK PROPOSALS

We invite all interested, potential participants to send us brief suggestion(s) (a couple of sentences) for presentations they would like to give on results that generally connect to any of the prospective topics from the following list: * Mass and Angular Momentum Transfer & Loss * Physics of Common Envelope Evolution * Contact Binaries * Collisions/Mergers * Binaries in Cluster * Cataclysmic Variables & Symbiotic Stars * X-ray Binaries * Binary and Millisecond Pulsars * Binary Supernova Progenitors * Gravitational Wave Sources

We particularly invite presentations of recent, exciting results or suggestions for reviews of specific (sub-)areas of interest. The scientific program will comprise 10 sessions (two morning and one late afternoon) over 4 days with a half day free for excursions. Please send your suggestions to: w-finney@northwestern.edu by January 4, 2010.

CONFERENCE HOTEL AND ACCOMMODATIONS

Mykonos is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece. It has preserved its unique architectural character, crystal clear waters, iconic bays and sandy beaches, despite its popularity. The end of June is one of the best times to visit Greece, before the high traffic of mid-July to August. Our conference will be held at one of the best resort hotels on Mykonos, Greece:

Saint John hotel, http://www.saintjohn.gr/ -

It is located in the bay of Agios Ioannis, one of the best beaches on the island, and just across from the island of Delos. A set of rooms has been reserved at the hotel (see http://www.saintjohn.gr/mykonos-accommodation-rooms.php) for conference participants at rates much lower than their regular prices for the time of the conference.

Rates are per room (2 occupants) per night and include breakfast and all taxes: Garden View: 160 euros Executive Sea View: 195 euros

You will be able to submit your room reservations directly to the hotel by faxing a reservation form. Well before the deadline for the room reservations we will set up a system through which participants interested in finding room-mates can pair up. In the coming months we will also provide a list of nearby hotels with lower room rates. More information on all these issues will appear on the conference web site and will be circulated in our next circular some time in the middle of January.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

The deadline for early registration is March 15, 2010. The early-registration fee is equal to 250 euros (300 euros for late registration). This fee will cover the conference room, all coffee breaks, the registration reception on the evening of June 21, the conference dinner, and the proceedings book to be published in the AIP Conference Series. Information about how to register will appear on the conference web site and in our next circular.


SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

Matthew Bailes - Swinburne University of Technology

Luciano Burderi - University of Cagliari

Tiziana di Salvo - University of Palermo

Peter Eggleton - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Zhanwen Han - Chinese Academy of Sciences

Vicky Kalogera - Northwestern University

Andrew King - University of Leicester

Gijs Nelemans - Radboud University

Fred Rasio - Northwestern University

Hans Ritter - MPA Garching

Mike Shara - American Museum of Natural History

Chris Tout - University of Cambridge

Ed van den Heuvel - University of Amsterdam

Ron Webbink - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dayal Wickramasinghe - Australian National University


CIERA - Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics
Northwestern University