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Title: Proceedings of IAU Symposium 291 "Neutron Stars and Pulsars: Challenges and Opportunities after 80 years"
Authors: Joeri van Leeuwen

These are the Proceedings of IAU Symposium 291, held 20-24 August 2012, in Beijing, China.

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Major Astronomy Meeting Draws to a Close

The XXVIIIth General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) ends today in Beijing, China. One of the largest astronomy meetings ever held, it saw a pot pourri of frontline astronomy topics being presented. The General Assembly resulted in the redefinition of the astronomical unit, and the meeting played an essential role in establishing a number of science- and technology-related collaborations throughout the world. The IAU also acquired a new divisional structure that fits better with the current astronomy landscape, focusing on education, outreach and development.
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Charles L. Bennett, a professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, received the 2012 Gruber Cosmology Prize in Beijing at the opening ceremony of the 28th Conference of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
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World's Stargazers Cluster in Beijing for Conference

The latest example is the 28th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union, which is being held in Beijing from Monday to Aug 31. This is the first time China has hosted the triennial event since joining the organization in 1935.
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XXVIII IAU General Assembly

Start date/time: August 20, 2012
End date/time: August 31, 2012
Place: Beijing, China Nanjing

IAU Symposium 288: Astrophysics from Antarctica, Beijing, China



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