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Asia-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting (APRIM)

The Asia-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting (APRIM) is one of the Regional IAU Meeting that is IAU (International Astronomical Union) sponsors. The meeting is held by invitation of a national astronomical society in years between General Assembly. Their purpose, in addition to the discussion of specific scientific topics, is to promote contacts between scientists in the regions concerned, especially young astronomers. Therefore, a much wider range of scientific topics, a larger SOC, and a larger total attendance are expected for RIMS than for IAU Symposia.

The decision on the site of the “next” Regional Meeting is taken at the end of the previous one. The IAU is not involved in the decsion nor a formal approval is required. However, a formal letter that informs the GS about the decision of the site and the LOC of the next RIM is needed, in particular for announcing it in the IAU web pages. The organisation of the RIM is normally left to the local organisers who should create a website for the meeting containing all information which is essential for the participants. The standard template for the Website IAU Meetings should be adopted.

International Astronomical Union (IAU)

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) was founded in 1919. Its mission is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation. Its individual Members — structured into Divisions, Commissions, and Working Groups — are professional astronomers from all over the world, at the Ph.D. level and beyond, who are active in professional research, education and outreach in astronomy. The IAU also has Junior Members. The IAU has a total membership of 12451. The Individual and Junior Members Directory contains 12125 names in 93 countries worldwide. These Members are labeled as “active” in the IAU database meaning they have a valid email (are able to vote and stay connected to the IAU activities) and are affiliated to at least one Division. IAU membership spans 93 countries. Out of those countries, 85 are National Members. In addition, the IAU collaborates with various scientific organizations all over the world.

The long-term policy of the IAU is defined by the General Assembly and implemented by the Executive Committee, while day-to-day operations are directed by the IAU Officers. The focal point of its activities is the IAU Secretariat, hosted by the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris in France. The scientific and educational activities of the IAU are organized by its 9 Scientific Divisions and, through them, its 38 specialized Commissions covering the full spectrum of astronomy, along with its 47 Working Groups.