May 282009


5-11 Oct. 2009, BNAO – ROZHEN


The school will be held at the Bulgarian National Astronomical Observatory – Rozhen , 5-11 October, 2009 with the support of UNESCO-BRESCE and OPTICON. It is aimed at graduate students, PhD students and young astronomers, to give them basic knowledge on spectral observations, data processing and analysis, and spectral characteristics of various types of variable stars.

Invited lecturers to the School are:

Prof. M. Dennefeld (France)

Prof. M. Auriere (France)

Prof. T. Ryabchikova (Russia)

Dr. F. Musaev (Russia)

From the Institute of Astronomy, BAS, lectures will be given by Prof. I.Iliev, Assoc. Prof. N. Markova, Assoc. Prof. D. Kolev, Assoc. Prof. R. Konstantinova-Antova, Assoc. Prof. N. Tomov, etc.

The program will be spread later.

Applicants from South-Eastern Europe and Russia, and especially from the Balkan region are invited to apply. The participants in the First Practical School in 2007 are also invited to apply. The approved applicants will receive full grant for travel (only by bus or train!) and living expenses at Rozhen, from our UNESCO-BRESCE contract.

After the School in Rozhen, there will be a meeting in Sofia “Challenges in modern Astrophysics”, 13-15 Oct. 2009, which is an OPTICON FP7 meeting, as a part of “Enhancing Community Skills”. Basic lectures on new developments in astrophysics will be given by well known EU astronomers. The approved students for the Rozhen School are invited to participate in this Sofia meeting, too. Applicants to the meeting in Sofia could apply to OPTICON (Prof. Michel Dennefeld, for financial support for their stay in Sofia.

The number of participants for the Rozhen School is limited to 16 persons.

Please, note that it means two students from each country. If additional funds appear, it could be extended up to 20 persons. If you are interested to apply, please contact the relevant representative from your country as soon as possible:

Romania: Dr. Nedeya Popescu

Prof. Vasile Mioc

Serbia: Prof. Zoran Knezevic

Greece: Assoc. Prof. Eleni Rovithis-Livaniou

Prof. Jiannis Seiradakis

Turkey: Prof. Osman Demircan

FYR of Macedonia: Assoc. Prof. Gordana Apostolovska

Ukraine: Prof.Genadi Pinigin

Russia: Prof. Dmitri Bisikalo

Bulgaria: Assoc.Prof.Kiril Panov

Assoc. Prof. Renada Konstantinova-Antova

Applicants from other countries should contact Dr. Renada Konstantinova-Antova. They should also send us a letter of recommendation from some Assoc. Prof. or Prof. from their country, familiar with their work, interests and skills.

The selection of the candidates will be done by the national SREAC representatives for each country, except for Russia, which is not a SREAC member. We kindly ask all the national SREAC representatives to spread this message among their potential participants.

Looking forward to hearing from you all, participants

to the Second Practical School on Spectroscopy in Rozhen and to the “Challenges in modern Astrophysics” in Sofia,

and with best regards from the SOC of the Second School on Spectroscopy,

K. Panov (Chair)

R. Konstantinova-Antova (Secretary)

M. Dennefeld

I. Iliev

N. Markova

T. Bonev

V. Golev

D. Kyurkchieva

Предзащита Невeна Маркова

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May 262009



Редовната сбирка на Обединения семинар на Института по Астрономия и Катедрата по Астрономия, ФзФ ще се проведе на 8.06.2009г. от 14:00 часа в зала 301 на Института по Електроника.

Ст.н.с.IIст. д-р Невена Стефанова Маркова от ИА ще представи дисертационния си труд на тема

”Звездни параметри и параметри на вятъра у ОВ звезди в нашата Галактика”

на предзащита за присъждане на научната степен ”доктор на физическите науки”.

Материалите по предзащитата са на разположение в библиотеката на ИА и в Интернет на адрес:

Заб. Необходим е кворум. Моля за вашето участие при представянето и дискусията.

Ръководител на Семинара: Секретар на Семинара:
/ст.н.с. Г.Петров/ /н.с. И.Статева/

New control system for the 2m RCC-telescope

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May 202009

On March 26, 2009, representatives of the Institute of Astronomy and of the company Projectsoft ( signed a contract for the design and manufacturing of a new control system for the 2-meter telescope of the National astronomical observatory – Rozhen. The new system will fully replace the 30 years old telescope electronics and will guarantee for more effective implementation of the astronomical observations. According to the schedule,  the new system must be put into operation in September 2009. This considerable upgrade of the 2-meter telescope is carried out with financial support by the National Science Fund (, project CVP01/002 (contract DÎ 02-85).

Mutual agreement protocol between Municipality of Smolyan and the Institute of Astronomy – BAS

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May 192009

Mutual agreement protocol has been approved today, April 16-th, 2009 between the Municipality of Smolyan and the Institute of Astronomy – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The two sides declared their will to establish close relations in the field of common interests, launching projects for the benefit of the citizens of Smolyan and the scientists from the Institute of Astronomy. The document has been undersigned by Mrs. Dora Yankova, city mayor and Prof. Tanyu Bonev, director of IA. Official ceremony was attended by Acad. Matej Mateev, municipal authorities, and astronomers.

 Mutual agreement protocol (PDF, 935 KB, bulgarian)