The International Astronomical Union (IAU) was founded in 1919. It is the most prominent scientific organization in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics, a member of the International Council of Scientific Unions, and was formed with aims to facilitate and enhance academic research and experience exchanges between astronomers. In addition to the Asia-Pacific Regional IAU Meetings (APRIM), the Union also supports two other regular regional meetings: Latin America Regional IAU Meetings and Middle East and Africa Regional IAU Meetings. These meetings increase the academic research and experience exchanges of astronomers around the world and are also where many relevant regulations and future development directives have been established.
The 2017 APRIM will be held from July 3–7 at the Taipei International Conference Center. Hosting rights for this meeting were successfully obtained during APRIM 2014 in Daejeon, Korea, by Chairwoman Chu You-Hua of the Astronomical Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on behalf of Taiwan. It will be the first time APRIM is hosted in Taiwan, and is estimated to attract over 500 international and domestic scholars from Taiwan and over 30 nations in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, the Americas, Australia, and other regions.
The 1st APRIM was convened in 1978, and has since been regularly held every three years. A total of 12 APRIMs, deemed one of the world's most important international astronomy conferences, have been held in the Asia-Pacific region. The hosting of APRIM in Taiwan brings awareness to and promotes Taiwan's development in astronomy research, and will contribute to making Taiwan a focus of the global community.
For more information, visit the APRIM 2017 website at http://www.aprim2017.tw/index.html
Sources: Astronomical Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Elite Professional Conference Organizer
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