The 4th International Workshop on Occultation and Eclipse (2013)
The 4th International conference of occultation and eclipse was held in the Space Research Center of Iran Space Agency on Ghadir Islamic celebration day, October 23, 2013. The Conference held by International Occultation Timing Association in Middle East (IOTA-ME) and sponsored by IAU OAD, HAMI Research Institute, Iran Space Agency, Pars Sky Website and Ava Star Astronomical Center. About 80 people attended the conference and most of them were graduated students in Physics. The conference’s main language was English.
The opening session started by Dr. Hamid Reza Yousefi as the chairperson of the first meeting and the first lecturer introduced: Mr. Wallace Thornhill (The vice president of Thunderbolts project, from Australia) was the first lecturer and lectured his subjects about “Asteroid Origins”from australia with Skype. After that Dr. Marjan Zakerin (member of board of directors of IOTA-ME and graduated from Max Planck institute) lectured about “Astrobiology”. then Prof. N. Riazi was the last lecturer of the first meeting and lectured about “Physics of Pulsating Variable Stars”.
Mr. Kourosh Rokni was the second chairperson after a break. 4 articles that were accepted at conference had lectured at this meeting, considered 20 minutes for every lecture. Four accepted Articles “Photometry and Study of Delta Scuti V2455 Cyg” by Ms. Setareh Ostadnejad, “Study of Period Changes and Light Curve Analyses of SW Lac” by Mrs. Somayeh Zahabi,” Modification of Period and Light Curve Analyses of MACHO 47.2135.29” by Mr. Meysam Rezvani and” Photometry and Data Analyses of The Delta Scuti Variable Star in Serpents: GSC1489-0914” by Meisam Honari Jafarpour were lectured. After second meeting and lunch, the participants reviewed accepted posters. Dr. Marjan Zakerin was the next chairperson for afternoon meeting, Prof. Nader Haghighipour’s lecture failed because his lecture wasn’t ready and Skype had mistakes, so Dr. Mohaddeseh Azimlou lectured “The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development” by first lecturer of this meeting and after that Mr. Allain Doressoundram lectured about TNOs by “At the Edge of The Solar System” on video conference. The visitor and guest of conference Dr. Cyrine Nehme from Lebanon lectured about “ Exo-planets and Spectroscopy” that many participants liked her lecture for her special and good presentation. Prof. Osman Demircan another visitor and guest of conference lectured his subject about “Importance and Theory of Eclipses” after him, Mrs. Kheyrollahi also lectured about “Virtual Observatories” instead of Mr. Arvin Sedaghatkish. During all presentations The participants were active by asking their questions.
The executive board members were: Mr. Mohammad Reza Shafizadeh (executive director) – Ms. Fereshteh Memarian – Mr. Mohammad Reza Shahjahan – Mrs. Samira Metanat.
The scientific board members were: Mr. Atila Poro (director) – Mr. Amir Hasanzadeh – Mr. Kourosh Rokni – Dr. Reza Pajouhesh – Prof. Nader Haghighipour. At the end of the conference , The certifications were awarded to all participants and authors of articles that accepted as poster or lecture.
The 5th international annual conference of occultation and eclipse will be held on autumn 2014 in Tehran,iran.