GREAT Plenary Meeting: PM5

GREAT Plenary Meeting (PM5)

Symposium 5 and Special Meeting 2 at the EWASS - Rome, 4 to 6 July 2012

NEWS: 20120709: All PRESENTATIONS now online

Meeting Programme

Agenda and meeting programme available on the meeting wiki site. In addition further details concerning the Symposium element of the Plenary, organised within the EAS European Week of Astronomy 2012, can be found on the EWASS-2012 site.

Meeting Registration

This GREAT Plenary is somewhat different in nature from previous GREAT Plenaries. This plenary will allow for the presentation of new science carried out within the context of the GREAT working groups, or related activities.

At this stage all those wishing to present are invited to signup with some details of their talk or poster idea. There is a page for each of the themed sessions linked from the meeting wiki at Thus, choose which session most fits your presentation topic and add to the page at:

All submissions received by Fri 25th May 2012 will be considered, with the final programme being drawn up and published by Fri 1st June 2012.
Note - to add to the wiki page you'll need to ensure that you are logged in. If you don't have a username - go to and follow the instructions there. if you are having trouble adding directly to the wiki pages - then send your details by email to

In addition to the two day science symposium there will be a GREAT special meeting 11.20-13.20 on Weds 4th July 2012. This will include GREAT working group reports and reports from recently held GREAT supported workshops.

In terms of the meeting as a whole - the GREAT Plenary is organised as Symposium 5 at the EWASS. You will need to register to attend at the EWASS registration site - early registration closes 25th May 2012 - see

Financial Support

A limited  amount of financial support for young astronomers will be provided through the European Astronomical Society. You can find information about this topic online at the following address:

EWASS Conference Proceedings

The proceedings of all events hosted by the EWASS conference will be published electronically in "MEMORIE della Società Astronomica Italiana Supplements". Publication will be in electronic form only.

Meeting Aims and Goals

This fifth plenary meeting of GREAT will focus on the following key topics:
  • Science from the GREAT network - leading to the promise of Gaia
  • Update on the progress of Gaia, highlighting developments relevant to those in the wider community aiming to scientifically exploit Gaia
  • Discuss the evolution of the GREAT network and review the ESF funded network in 2012
  • Within parallel discussions decide on plans for specific networking activities to support the work of the various science working groups.
  • Update on the GREAT initiatives
The full meeting programme and material generated at the meeting can be found on the GREAT wiki at

Organising Committee

The meeting organisers are: Nicholas Walton (Cambridge), Francois Mignard (Nice), Timo Prusti (ESTEC, ESA), Sofia Randich (Arcetri)