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Application for Hosting the 28th IAU General Assembly, in Beijing, China:  Application for Hosting the 28th IAU General Assembly, in Beijing, China Sponsored by Ministry of Science and Technology of China National Natural Science Foundation of China Chinese Academy of Sciences China Association for Science and Technology Municipal Government of Beijing Presented by Shuang-Nan Zhang Vice President of the Chinese Astronomical Society 12 - 24 August, 2012 Beijing/China is Ready for Hosting IAU GA:  Beijing/China is Ready for Hosting IAU GA China has been enjoying more than 20 years of rapid economical and social development Beijing: >3000 yrs old, current capital of China, and previous capital for many dynasties Host city of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games World-class convention center International standard hotels with low costs A modern international airport Convenient local transportation Excellent historical and cultural attractions Beijing: History:  Beijing: History Beijing: Culture:  Beijing: Culture Beijing: Geography & Climate:  Beijing: Geography & Climate Beijing is at the same latitude as Rome, Madrid and Philadelphia. The temperature in August is about 25-30℃ Daytime peak temperature can go above 30℃, but humidity is low. Evening and night temperature can go slightly below 25℃. Late August is the beginning of Beijing’s “Golden Autumn”, so outdoor experience is quite pleasant. The Convention Center for 2012 IAU GA:  The Convention Center for 2012 IAU GA The convention center’s capacity: one GA one roof:  The convention center’s capacity: one GA one roof Ballroom for full IAU plenary session: 2500 seats Two lecture rooms: 1000 & 600 seats Six lecture rooms: 350 seats ( about 100 seats may be added on request) 14 additional rooms for 40-180 seats A dozen of offices Four exhibition halls: 1400-1500 m2 Location of the 11th Asian Games, the 4th World Women's Congress, the 19th International Entomological Conference, the 22nd Universal Postal Congress, etc Accommodation: least concerned so far!:  Accommodation: least concerned so far! No problem in meeting the needs of the IAU GA About 20 starred and some budget hotels within 2 km from the convention center Many restaurants and food courts nearby More than 600 hotels in Beijing Many are along the underground lines Listed prices in 2006: $10-30; $30-40**; $40-70***; $70-90****; $90-130***** ( one room per day ) Chinese Astronomy on the March:  Chinese Astronomy on the March Astronomy in China has also experienced enormous advances during the last decade. Funding increased by nearly ten times in 10 years >1000 active astronomers, ~500 young PhDs and increasing rapidly Many ground-based facilities built and planned The first dedicated Chinese space astronomy satellite and several more with strong international collaborations are planned for launch in 2010-15 Several top universities established active astronomy programs Many highly successful public outreach events A Sample of Current and Future Ground Based Facilities:  A Sample of Current and Future Ground Based Facilities Beijing/Xinglong Station and its 2.16 m telescope Solar Magnetic Telescope Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope First light in 2008 FAST 500 meters Aperture Spherical Telescope (approved) LAMOST Other Ground Facilities: VLBI network Aperture Synthesis radio telescope 13.7m millimeter telescope 1.56 m telescope solar tower 2.4 m telescope (in 2007) A Sample of Future Space Missions :  A Sample of Future Space Missions Chang’e (2007) Space Solar Telescope (Phase-A completed) Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (Phase-AB study: ~2010) Other Space Missions Planned: Space astronomy experiment onboard China’s space lab China-France gamma-ray burst mission: SVOM France-China mission on solar explosive events: SMESE Kua-Fu space weather mission Others in reviewing process Astronomy in Beijing:  Astronomy in Beijing Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Headquarters and three observational bases of the National Astronomical Observatories XingLong optical, MiYun radio and HuaiRou solar astronomical observational bases Institute of High Energy Physics (X-ray Astronomy) Graduate School of CAS Universities Peking and Tsinghua Universities, the top two universities in China, and Beijing Normal University, the best Normal University, all have strong astronomy programs Income ($K):  Income ($K) Registration fees (4002,000): 800 Government subsidies and donation: 200 Exhibitions: 60 Total: 1,060 Meeting rooms rent: 550 Display facilities: 50 Support to some participants and invited guests: 80 Literature & documentation: 80 Mails & Telecommunications: 20 Newsletters: 20 Transportation: 25 Reception buffet: 70 Publicity & public relations: 25 Staff salaries: 60 Unexpected expenses: 80 Total: 1,060 Expenditure ($K) Not including $100K from IAU to support participants. Summary: 2012 IAU GA in Beijing, China :  Summary: 2012 IAU GA in Beijing, China Beijing/China is eager and ready for IAU GA. Full support in China at all levels. Benefit Chinese astronomy, and science. Enable China to contribute more to the international astronomical, and scientific community. Beijing, with natural beauty, rich history and diverse cultures, opens her arms to welcome your arrival. Will be successful and memorable in IAU history. Many thanks for your support! IAU needs China, China loves IAU!

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