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Transits of Venus Working Group
The members of the Transits of Venus Working Group for the remainder of the triennium 2009–12 are:
  • Wayne Orchiston (Australia) [Acting Chair]
  • Steven Dick (USA)
  • Robert van Gent (Netherlands)
  • David Hughes (UK)
  • Willie Koorts (South Africa)
  • Luisa Pigatto (Italy)
Following a busy triennium which included the 2004 transit of Venus, the Working Group was largely quiet during the 2006–09 triennium but has burst into life again in the run up to the 2012 event. Members of C41/ICHA and others are encouraged to contact Wayne Orchiston if they have an interest in the Working Group‘s activities.
The Working Group’s Triennial Report for 2006–09, published in vol 12(3) of the Journal for Astronomical History and Heritage, can be downloaded here.
Hilmar Dürbeck
Members of the Commission were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death, on January 5, 2012, of Prof. Dr Hilmar W. Dürbeck. Hilmar was a highly respected and valued colleague who will be greatly missed. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family.
Hilmar had been Chair of the WG since 2009.
Proceedings of ICOA-7
The proceedings of the International Conference on Oriental Astronomy (ICOA–7) are available from Mitsuru Soma

IAU S278 Proceedings
are now available
Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy: Building Bridges between Cultures
(the 9th “Oxford” International Symposium on Archaeoastronomy)
Astronomy and World Heritage
IAU Working Group on Astronomy and World Heritage
The Commission’s Astronomy and World Heritage Working Group is working with UNESCO to advance their Astronomy and World Heritage Initiative

ICOMOS–IAU Thematic Study
The printed edition of the ICOMOS–IAU Thematic Study on the Heritage Sites of Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy is now available

SpS5 - IAU GA Rio
The proceedings of the Rio GA Special Session on “Accelerating the Rate of Astronomical Discovery” have been published in Proceedings of Science