IAU Symposium 186
Galaxy Interactions at Low and High Redshift

26-30 August, 1997
Kyoto, Japan



IMPORTANT 1997 IAU DEADLINES TO ATTEND THE GA and/or S186


Feb 15 IAU and LOC Travel Grants & Abstracts to be considered for contributed talks
Feb 28 AAS Travel Grants - for IAU members and invited participants residing in the U.S.
Apr 30 Early Registration
New! May 15 Deadline for receipt of all abstracts in final (latex) form
Jun 30 Accommodations (Hotels and Tours)
Jul 15 Final Registration deadline by mail/e-mail/fax or/www



General Information

IAU Information Bulletin #78 contains most of the general information you need to register for any of the meetings associated with the General Assembly in Kyoto, including S186. Hard copies of the application forms for IAU Travel Grants, Registration, and Accommodations/Tours can be found in IB78. The Astronomical Society of Japan also has a Web site

http://www.tenmon.or.jp/iau97


that gives up to date details of plans for all activities associated with the General Assembly plus the ability to fill out and submit the Registration and Accommodation/Tours forms electronically. Other general information about IAU Commissions, Directorate, and Membership can be found at the IAU Web site

http://www.lsw.uni-heidelberg.de/iau.html




Abstracts


Abstracts will be required for all oral and poster presentations. Those who wish to receive full consideration for a contributed talk should contact the chair of the SOC and submit an Abstract before 15 February, 1997. The appropriate LaTeX Abstract forms can be found at:

http://www.tenmon.or.jp/iau97/sample.tex

This site also has more details available. There will be also be a general call for abstracts sometime in late Spring from speakers who have been asked to give invited talks, and for those with poster presentations only. All abstracts are needed by May 15 for the preliminary program that will be printed in advance of the General Assembly.



Financial Aid

IAU Travel Grants
IAU members attending any of the meetings associated with the General Assembly, as well as other invited participants are eligible to request financial support from the IAU. The IAU Grant application form can be found in the IAU Information Bulletin #78, and participants in S186 should fill it out and send it to the Chair of S186 before the 15 Feb deadline to the address (or FAX) listed below:

D. B. Sanders
Institute for Astronomy
2680 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822
or via FAX to: (808) 956-9580

or if this form becomes available electronically, send to:

sanders@ifa.hawaii.edu

The SOC will forward its recommendations to the IAU General Secretary by 28 February.

Astronomers in the U.S.
IAU members and invited participants to the General Assembly and/or S186 who reside in the United States are eligible to aply to the American Astronomical Society for a travel grant. The appropriate application form can be found in the December issue of the AAS Bulletin. This form should be returned to the AAS headquarters in Washington, D.C. as indicated on the form. All decisions on AAS travel grants will be handled by the AAS office.

Other member countries
Each IAU member country is also expected to make available some travel funds for their astronomers attending the GA. Please consult with your IAU representative or inquire with your local astronomical society.


Registration


Forms can be found in IAU IB78 or you can register electronically via the WWW at

http://www.tenmon.or.jp/iau97/wreg/

The registration form should be sent to the LOC headquaters in Japan at the address provided, or via E-mail to iau97@tenmon.or.jp.


Accomodations/Tours

Information on accomodations and tours can be found in IAU IB78 or electronically at

http://www/tenmon.or.jp/iau97/info/reserv.html

The hotel accommodations and tours form should be sent to the JTB-Tokyo address provided, or sent via FAX to the JTB-Tokyo number provided.