Resolutions to Be Voted On at the XXX IAU General Assembly

Vote!This article is adapted from IAU Announcement ann18029, dated 20 June 2018:

The IAU Resolutions Committee has approved the texts of five Resolutions that will be presented for voting at the XXX IAU General Assembly in Vienna. The Resolutions are as follows:

  • Resolution A1 addresses the 10 year IAU Strategic Plan for the years 2020–2030.
  • Resolution B1 is on the Geocentric and International Terrestrial Reference Systems and Frames.
  • Resolution B2 is on The Third Realisation of the International Celestial Reference Frame.
  • Resolution B3 is on the preservation, digitisation and scientific exploration of historical astronomical data.
  • Resolution B4 addresses a suggested renaming of the Hubble Law.

Resolution A1 is arguably the most important, since it deals with the approval of the IAU Strategic Plan that concerns all activities of the Union in the decade 2020–2030. Also of general and historical interest is Resolution B4 because, rather than being a Resolution in strict terms, it is a suggestion.

The Resolutions Committee will present the proposals during Business Meeting of the General Assembly I (Tuesday, 21 August, 16:30–18:15, Hall A) with its own recommendations for their approval or rejection. The Resolutions will be voted on during Business Meeting of the General Assembly II (Thursday, 30 August, 16:30–18:00, Hall A); a representative of the body proposing the Resolution will be given the opportunity to defend the Resolution in front of the General Assembly, after which a general discussion shall take place before the actual vote.

Any comments and suggestions concerning the Resolutions should be addressed by email to the Chair of the Resolutions Committee, Bruce Elmegreen.