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Virtual POEMS meeting

A number of POEMS team members from the Astronomical Institute in Ondřejov, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, and Universidad de Valparaíso participated in an online Zoom meeting held on 27 July 2020. We discussed about the latest progress in stellar wind and disk modeling as well as about the status and progress of the acquisition and analysis of optical imaging and infrared spectroscopic data needed for POEMS. Moreover, we developped strategies for the dissemination of our latest results. In particular, we discussed about preparation of presentations that will be submitted for the virtual national Astronomy Meetings that will be held in Argentina in October 2020 and in Chile in December 2020.

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MOBSTER-1 virtual conference: Stellar variability as a probe of magnetic fields in massive star, 12-17 July 2020

A number of people from the Astronomical Institute in Ondřejov were listening to the talks and poster sessions at the MOBSTER-1 virtual conference, and Olga Maryeva actively participated and presented a poster entitled "CPD-64 2731: a massive spun-up and rejuvenated high-velocity runaway star". She introduced her poster in a short "flash-talk" and answered questions later on in a Zoom chat-room.

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Public Outreach

The Perek 2-m telescope of the Astronomical Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, which is one of the most important telescopes used for the data collection within the frame of POEMS, underwent a major upgrade. The old mirror-based optics have been replaced with fibers, enhancing significantly the efficiency of the throughput. In addition, a photometric camera has been added. After this successful upgrade, the telescope is ready to continue providing data for our project.

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The inauguration of the telescope was held on 2020 June 26. For this purpose, a press conference was given during which Michaela Kraus highlighted the POEMS project to the press and TV present during that event.



Communication & Dissemination

Olga Maryeva was invited on 26. February 2020 to present a seminar talk entitled "Romano's star - why we continue to study it" at the Astronomical Institute of the Charles University in Prague, where she presented her new research results on this fascinating LBV/post-LBV object.

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POEMS member receives prestigeous Jan Frič Award 2019

On 20. January 2020 our POEMS team member Olga Maryeva was awarded the Jan Frič price for the year 2019. She obtained this award for her excellent research results in the field of "Massive stars in late evolutionary stages and their environment".

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After she has been awarded the price, she provided a lecture summarizing her research results. Olga's research focuses on two types of evolved massive stars: the transition phases of Luminous Blue Variables and Wolf-Rayet stars.

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POEMS in the 2020 Calendar of Observatório Nacional

Observatório Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, prepared their new calendar for the year 2020 in which they devoted the project presented in June to POEMS.

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Public Talk at the Planetarium of La Plata

On Friday, 22 November 2019, Dr. Julieta Sánchez Arias from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina, presented the second popular science talk at the Planetarium of La Plata. During her presentation entitled "Stellar Concert" ("Concierto estelar") she introduced the public into the challenges of modeling a special type of pulsating stars, the so-called hybrid δ Scuti/γ Dor stars, and the analysis of their light-curves.

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Public Talk at the Planetarium of La Plata

On Friday, 15 November 2019, Dr. Alejandra Daniela Romero from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, presented the first popular science talk at the Planetarium of La Plata. During her presentation entitled "Earthquakes in Stars" ("Sismos en las estrellas") she introduced the public to the general field of stellar pulsations in white dwarf stars, and the similarity of studying pulsations in these old stars with studying palaeontology on Earth.

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VIII La Plata International School on Pulsations Along Stellar Evolution

The Summer School entitled "Pulsations Along Stellar Evolution" was organized within the frame of the La Plata International School (LAPIS) series. It took place at the Facultad de Ciencas Astrónmicas y Geofísicas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina, from 11. - 22. Nov 2019.

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The aim of this Summer School was to train the next generation of researchers in the field of stellar pulsations and to sensitize them for the importance of asteroseismology for our understanding of stellar structure and the evolution of stars.

The subject of the Summer School was chosen according to one of the main research topics within POEMS, i.e., pulsations and their relation to and influence on driving mass-loss, especially in evolved massive stars. The scope of the School was not limited to the main research topics spanned by POEMS, but was kept much broader, covering pulsating stars in diverse evolutionary stages.

In total, members from six different institutes involved in POEMS have been actively involved in the preparation and implementation of the Summer School. Four of the eight teachers who provided dedicated classes and exercises related to their research fields and competences are active POEMS members from ASU, PUCV, UGOE, and UNLP. The other four teachers had been invited based on their fields of expertise in order to provide a greater diversity of topics related to stellar pulsations and to complement the fields covered by the POEMS teachers.

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The topic of the school attracted participants from 13 different countries all over the world. Quite naturally for a school that was organized in Argentina, the majority of participants came from Latin-America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Nicaragua), but we also had participants from several European countries (Czech Republic, Estonia, Spain, and United Kingdom) as well as from Asia (Georgia), Africa (Egypt), Australia, and the United States of America.

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Within the frame of the Summer School, two public talks related to stellar pulsations have been presented at the Planetarium of La Plata that attracted many visitors.



High-Resolution Spectroscopy Workshop, 13-16 October 2019, Brazil

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Marcelo Borges Fernandes from the National Observatory in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, participated at the "High-Resolution Spectroscopy Workshop" that was held in Brazil in the period of 13-16 October 2019. He presented an invited talk entitled "The study of transition stars through high-spectral resolution eyes".


Physics of Stars and Planets: Atmospheres, Activity, Magnetic fields, 16.-20. September 2019, Azerbaijan

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On September 16-20, 2019, the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan held an international conference "Physics of Stars and Planets: Atmospheres, Activity, Magnetic fields", dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory (NAR) and the 100th anniversary of the International Astronomical Union. During that conference the POEMS project has been communicated and research results have been disseminated by Prof. Janmammad Rustamov and Dr. Aynur Abdulkarimova from the Shamakhy Astrophysical Observatory of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, who presented a scientific talk entitled "The preliminary results of spectral investigations of enigmatic star b Lyrae".


Collaboration Visit

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Tõnis Eenmäe from Tartu Observatory, University of Tartu, Estonia, came for a 5-day visit to the Stellar Department of the Astronomical Institute in Ondřejov, Czech Republic, in the period 2.-6. September 2019. During his visit, we discussed about issues related to generation of our common database, analyzed photometric and spectroscopic data taken at Tartu Observatory, and discussed next common observing projects within the frame of POEMS.


XXIV Annual meeting of Estonian astronomy enthusiasts, 7.-11. August 2019, Jäneda, Lääne-Virumaa, Estonia

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Anna Aret from the Tartu observatory gave a popular lecture about studies of evolved massive stars at the XXIV Annual meeting of Estonian astronomy enthusiasts. Presentation (in Estonian) is available here


Collaboration Visit

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Sabina Mammadova from the Shamakhy Astrophysical Observatory of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences came for a 15-day visit to the Stellar Department of the Astronomical Institute in Ondřejov, Czech Republic, in the period 15.-30. July 2019. During her visit, she presented a seminar talk on Herbig AeBe stars, and we discussed common observing projects within the frame of POEMS.


European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS), 24.-28. June 2019, Lyon, France

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Olga Maryeva from the Astronomical Institute in Ondřejov, participated at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS), which is the annual meeting of the European Astronomical Society. This year, EWASS was organized in Lyon, France. Olga presented her most recent results in a talk entitled "CPD−64º2731 as product of binary evolution" and a poster entitled "Hypergiant Cygnus OB2 #12: nature of anomalous reddening" within the frame of the Special Session 17: "Key ingredients in massive star evolution". Her poster presentation is accessible from here.


Day of Sun at the Tartu observatory of the University of Tartu

Traditional summer family day attracted people of all ages to Tartu observatory (TO) in Tõravere on Saturday, June 8, 2019. The main purpose of the event, this year carrying the name "Day of Sun", is to bring science closer to everyone. In the programme were many hands-on workshops, interactive games and competitions in the park around the observatory. Visitors could observe Sun in a solar telescope. Big dome of the 1.5-m telescope was open and Venus could be observed in bright daylight through auxiliary telescope. Every hour there were presentations and discussions led by observatory's researches. Observatory band was playing and girls aged 5-12 from dancing school "Shaté" performed on the lawn next to the Visitors centre of the observatory.

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Anna Aret, Tõnis Eenmäe (both from TO) and Günay Hajieva (Shamakhy observatory) were handing out POEMS flyers in Estonian and English to the visitors. Life of massive stars and project POEMS role in unveiling their secrets were explained.


H2020 Info Day in Santiago, Chile

Alejandra Christen from the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile, participated at the Info Day H2020 that took place on June 6-7 in Santiago, Chile. She was one of two persons that were invited to present a testimonial on their experience about the application procedure for H2020 projects.

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While Alejandra, coming from the academic sector, reported about her experience with our MC-RISE project POEMS, the other person came from an enterprise with a proposal for salmon industry. Alejandra's participation was a great success, and she was congratulated for her excellent presentation. She also distributed the Chilean version of our flyer.


Flyer about POEMS

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The flyer is also translated into the other languages of the nations involved in POEMS. The flyers for each country, including national contact details, are provided for download in pdf format.

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Communication & Dissemination

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Michaela Kraus was invited on 22. May 2019 to present a seminar talk entitled "Yellow Hypergiants - an unstable phase in the post-red supergiant evolution" at the Astronomical Institute of the Charles University in Prague.


Days of the open doors at the Astronomical Institute Ondřejov

During the weekend 17.-19. May 2019 the Astronomical Institute in Ondřejov opened their doors for school classes and the public. The event had been announced on the web pages of ASU, and it attracted many visitors that came to follow the guided tours, to visit the historical telescopes, domes and the museum,

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and to see the facilities such as the 2-m telescope.

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For this event, we had prepared flyers in Czech and English language to present the POEMS project to the public.

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The distribution of the flyers was a great success for the communication of POEMS. We plan to repeat it during other public outreach events.


Communication & Dissemination

Dieter Nickeler was invited on 17. May 2019 to present a seminar talk entitled "Hydrodynamical problems and their equivalence to nonlinear diffusion equations - Theoretical tools, first results and open issues" at the Mathematical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. During and after his talk, he introduced the POEMS project and highlighted his research area within POEMS.


DPG Spring Meeting, 17.-22. March 2019, Munich, Germany

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Dieter Nickeler and Michaela Kraus from the Astronomical Institute in Ondřejov, participated at the DPG Spring Meeting that was organized at the Technical University in Munich, Germany. Both took the chance and communicated the POEMS project to the broad audience. Within the Astrophysics Session that was organized as part of the meeting of the Extraterrestrial Physics Division, Dieter Nickeler presented a talk entitled "Flow patterns and spiral ring structures in the environment of massive stars", and Michaela Kraus presented a talk entitled "A new outburst in the Yellow Hypergiant Rho Cas", disseminating their most recent scientific results.


Coordinators' Day in Brussels, 17.-18. Jan 2019

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Michaela Kraus from the Astronomical Institute in Ondřejov, participated at the Coordinators' Day organized by REA in Brussels together with the other Project Coordinators in the field of Physics and Mathematics.


News

Secondment

Alex Gormaz-Matamala from UV visits ASU (29. July - 28. October 2020)

Virtual POEMS meeting

POEMS team members from ASU, UV, and UNLP met virtually on 27 July 2020 to discuss about progess in science

Communication & Dissemination

Olga Maryeva presented a virtual poster at the MOBSTER-1 virtual conference: Stellar variability as a probe of magnetic fields in massive star, 12-17 July 2020

Public Outreach

Presentation of POEMS during the Press Conference on the occasion of the inauguration of the Perek 2-m telescope

Communication & Dissemination

Olga Maryeva presented a seminar talk at the Astronomical Institute of the Charles University in Prague (26. February 2020)

Jan Frič Award

Olga Maryeva was awarded the Jan Frič price (20. January 2020)

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Public Outreach

POEMS made it to the 2020 Calendar of Observatório Nacional

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Alejandra Christen from PUCV visits ROB (1. Feb - 17. March 2020)

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Michel Curé from UV visits ROB (24. Jan - 17. March 2020)

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Alex Gormaz-Matamala from UV visits ASU (5. Jan - 4. July 2020)

Public Outreach

Dr. Julieta Sánchez Arias from UNLP presented a popular science talk entitled "Stellar Concert" ("Concierto estelar") at the Planetarium of La Plata on Friday, 22 November 2019.

Inauguration

Public Outreach

Dr. Alejandra Daniela Romero from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, presented a popular science talk entitled "Earthquakes in Stars" ("Sismos en las estrellas") at the Planetarium of La Plata on Friday, 15 November 2019.

Inauguration

Summer School

On Monday started our Summer School "VIII LAPIS: Pulsations Along Stellar Evolution" at UNLP (11.-22. Nov 2019)

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Wolfgang Glatzel from UGOE visists UNLP (2. Nov - 1. Dec 2019)

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Michaela Kraus from ASU visists UNLP (28. Oct - 13. Dec 2019)

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Janmammad Rustamov from ShAO visists TO (1. Oct - 30. Dec 2019)

Communication & Dissemination

Janmammad Rustamov and Aynur Abdulkarimova participate at the international conference Physics of Stars and Planets: Atmospheres, Activity, Magnetic fields, 16.-20. September 2019, Azerbaijan

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Anna Aret from TO visists UNLP (12. Sep - 11. Dec 2019)

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Despina Panoglou from ON visists ASU (4. Sep - 4. Oct 2019)

Collaboration

Tõnis Eenmäe from TO visits ASU (2.-6. Sep 2019)

Communication

Anna Aret from TO presented a popular lecture at the XXIV Annual meeting of Estonian astronomy enthusiasts, 7.-11. August 2019, Jäneda, Lääne-Virumaa, Estonia

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Lydia Cidale from UNLP visists ASU (26. Jul - 11. Sep 2019)

Collaboration

Sabina Mammadova from ShAO visists ASU (15. - 30. Jul 2019)

Communication & Dissemination

Olga Maryeva participates at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS), 24.-28. June 2019, Lyon, France

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Yanina Cochetti from UNLP visists ASU (22. Jun - 4. Oct 2019)

Public Outreach

Days of Sun at TO (8. June 2019)

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Communication

Alejandra Christen from PUCV was invited to present a testimonial at the H2020 Info Day in Santiago, Chile (6-7. June 2019)

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Gunay Hajiyeva from ShAO visists TO (23. May - 20. Jun 2019)

Communication & Dissemination

Michaela Kraus presented a seminar talk at the Astronomical Institute of the Charles University in Prague (22. May 2019)

Public Outreach

Days of the open doors at ASU (17. - 19. May 2019)

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Communication & Dissemination

Dieter Nickeler presented a seminar talk at the Mathematical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague (17. May 2019)

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Tõnis Eenmäe from TO visits ON (6. May - 8. Jun 2019)

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Maja Vučković from UV visits ASU (5. May - 22. Jun 2019)

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Rodolfo Vallverdú from UNLP visits ASU (24. Apr - 27. Jun 2019)

Events

Webpage related to the Summer School on Pulsations Along Stellar Evolution is now online

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Tõnis Eenmäe from TO visits UV (5. Apr - 5. May 2019)

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Aynur Abdulkarimova from ShAO visists TO (27. March - 27. May 2019)

Communication & Dissemination

Dieter Nickeler and Michaela Kraus participate at the DPG Spring Meeting in Munich, Germany (17. - 22. March 2019)

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Tõnis Eenmäe from TO visits UNLP (5. Mar - 4. Apr 2019)

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Alex Gormaz-Matamala from UV visits ROB (3. Mar - 4. May 2019)

LOGO

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Project's Logo created on 24. Jan 2019

Coordinators' Day

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Michaela Kraus participates at the Coordinators' Day in Brussels (17.-18. Jan 2019)

Secondment

Olga Maryeva from ASU visits ShAO (16. Jan -23. Feb 2019)