Objeven první systém prstenců kolem planetky

Kentaur Chariklo má dva prstence


Pozorování provedená na mnoha místech jižní Ameriky včetně observatoře La Silla v Chile přinesla překvapivý objev. Vzdálená planetka Chariklo má systém dvou prstenců. Jedná se o teprve pátý objekt ve Sluneční soustavě (a o zdaleka nejmenší těleso), u kterého byl prstenec objeven. Původ tohoto útvaru je však záhadou. Mohlo by se jednat o pozůstatek kolize, při které na oběžné dráze kolem planetky vznikl disk trosek. Výsledky byly zveřejněny ve vědeckém časopise Nature 26. března 2014.

Prstence planety Saturn patří k nejpůsobivějším útvarům ve Sluneční soustavě. Méně nápadné prstence mají i všechny ostatní velké planety – Jupiter, Uran i Neptun. U menších objektů se však přes opakované pečlivé hledání prstence objevit nepodařilo. Nedávno provedená pozorování přechodu planetky (10199) Chariklo před vzdálenou hvězdou však ukázala, že toto malé těleso prstence má.

Nehledali jsme prstenec a ani jsme si nemysleli, že tak malá tělesa, jako je Chariklo, by něco takového mohla mít. Objev samotný i množství zjištěných detailů byly pro nás naprostým překvapením,“ říká Felipe Braga-Ribas (Observatório Nacional/MCTI, Rio de Janeiro, Brazílie) – vedoucí kampaně a hlavní autor článku v časopise Nature.


Více informací v tiskové zprávě ESO.

Pozvánka na tiskovou konferenci – 27.3. DURBAN, Jižní Afrika

Invitation to the Press Conference

AfricaPVSEC, Thursday 27th March 2014, Durban, South Africa

The opening of Africa Photovoltaic Conference and Exhibition (AfricaPVSEC) takes place on 27th March at the ICC in Durban.

AfricaPVSEC is an initiative of EU PVSEC and SNEC, which have partnered to promote the photovoltaic solar energy sector in Africa and to bring together leading experts, researchers, public authorities, representatives of international organizations, donors, and NGOs (http://www.africapvsec.com).

We would like to remind journalists and media reporters about the opportunity to attend the event free of charge.

Head of the Conference Steering Committee is Prof. Vivian Alberts, University of Johannesburg. The Programme Chairman is Dr. Arnulf Jäger-Waldau, European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre.

AfricaPVSEC will facilitate the exchange of ideas, initiatives and technologies and to move towards an efficient and sustainable exploitation of solar photovoltaics for the African context.

By reporting on the AfricaPVSEC you will be encouraging the breakdown of this important information and paving the way for further developments.

What is planned for press and media?

  • Press Conference on Thursday 27th March 2014, at 12 am, followed by Q&A
  • Interview opportunities with key speakers and leading experts from the PV-solar branch
  • On-site support
  • Key support documents
  • Professional photos

We kindly ask you to confirm your attendance by filling in the press accreditation form at:http://www.africapvsec.info/cms/index.php?page=press-accreditation&hl=en_US

AfricaPVSEC is supported by European and international organisations including: the European Commission, Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA), African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA), ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the University of Johannesburg.
For further information:

Press contact:
Chiara Benetti, Tel. +39 055 5002280;
Sabine Walther, Tel. +49 89 72012795;

ICT in Estonia – přihlášky do 7.4.2014

ICT in Estonia
A study trip to Tallinn and Tartu, 14–17 May 2014

The Estonian Association of Science Journalists and the Estonian Research Council are inviting fifteen European Union of Science Journalists‘ Associations (“EUSJA”) science journalists to a study trip to explore Estonian computer science and e-society systems, from 14–17 May 2014.

On the two-and-a-half days of the trip, journalists will meet with outstanding information and communication technology (“ICT”) researchers in Estonian universities, visit successful ICT businesses and get acquainted with Estonia’s unique e-government solutions.

Did you know that

• Tallinn is home to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of
Excellence and a seat of the EU Agency for Large-Scale IT systems?
• The country’s implementation of e-cabinet, e-tax, e-customs, e-
registers and e-voting systems has revolutionised accessibility and
quality of government services for its citizens?
• Estonia has launched a nationwide scheme to teach school kids
from the age of seven to 19 how to write code?
• Skype was developed in Estonia? (You must have heard at least
about this one ˘)
Programme Itinerary At-a-Glance

• Wednesday, 14 May: Arrival in Tallinn and Welcome Dinner
• Thursday, 15 May: Tallinn University, Tallinn University of Technology, and ICT business representatives
• Friday, 16 May: University of Tartu
• Saturday, 17 May: E-society systems & Departure

Programme Highlights

Free calls @ Skype. Developed in Estonia and now owned by Microsoft, Skype allows peer-topeer communication by voice, video and instant messaging over the Internet. In 2013, Skype users
spent more than 400,000 years, cumulatively, on international Skype-to-Skype calls.

Wise transfers @ TransferWise. Created by some of the same people who built Skype, this company is poised to spark a financial revolution that waves goodbye to the unfair exchange rates
of the old banking system by offering a clever new way to send money abroad.

Analysing secrets @ Cybernetica AS. An R&D intensive ICT company for top-notch security solutions. Team leader Dan Bogdanov will present Sharemind, a data analysis system for securely processing confidential information.

Speech technology @ Tallinn University of Technology. Speech recognition and synthesis have reached an impressive level for major languages such as English. But Einar Meister and his team
are busy helping to get speech technologies for Estonian, a language of just a million speakers, up to speed.

Bioinformatics @ University of Tartu. Bioinformatics, the application of computational tools to biological or health data, is a young science in Estonia – as it is elsewhere. Jaak Vilo is a founder and leader of the approach in this country.

Social positioning @ University of Tartu. The ubiquitous mobile device, characteristic of the information age, is used by scientists to get valuable information on the movement of people, helping to make sense of social patterns. Human geographer Rein Ahas’s team has created a positioning method that yields usable data, yet respects privacy.

E-Estonia @ ICT Demo Center. A non-profit organisation showcasing Estonia’s ICT solutions (ebanking, e-school, e-voting, e-police, e-health, the digital signature etc.).

Practical information

Accommodation for three nights (May 14–17), meals, and transportation during the trip will be covered by the organisers. However, participants are responsible for their travel expenses to and from Tallinn, including airport transfer.

The programme will end at 2 p.m. Estonian Summer Time (CEST+1) on Saturday, May 17.

Please send applications via national associations by, at the latest, April 7, 2014 to Priit Ennet

The application should identify the journal or newspaper you will represent during the study trip.

A more detailed programme with logistical information is to follow.

For any inquiries please contact:

Marina – huzvarova@ssc.cas.cz


European Association of Science Editors – přihlášky do 10.4.2014

Máte-li zájem o tuto nabídku, kontaktujte Marinu na adrese huzvarova@ssc.cas.cz

European Association of Science Editors


Split, Croatia

13-15 June 2014




The complex world of science editing


Split is a beautiful city located in the warmest region of the north Mediterranean coast. Stunning sea views complement historical buildings such as Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site rated as one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments. The conference will take place in the superb facilities of the University of Split School of Medicine.


The programme will offer insights into editorial practice and will have language perspectives.  sTANDEM will present progress information.


For full details and information on how to register, please go to the EASE website: www.ease.org.uk/ease-events/major-conferences


EASE/KCSE Travel bursaries for EASE Conference in Split, June 2014


The recent storms in the UK meant that the EASE Secretariat was out of action for two weeks andwe could not tell people about our exciting new bursaries.  We have therefore extended the deadline – see below.  Please pass the word to anyone you know who may be interested.

There will be two bursaries, each comprising free registration and £200 towards travel and accommodation. The bursaries are open to any paid up EASE member (except those employed by commercial organisations), including sponsored members and people associated with the Regional Chapters. Applicants should send a short CV or biography and up to 200 words explaining why they would be a worthy recipient of the award to secretary@ease.org.uk by 10th April 2014.  The successful applicants will be notified by 17th April.