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SEC2022
SEC2022
SEC2022

GREAT MINDS COME TOGETHER

31st August - 3rd September 2022

Castle of the Bishops of Sigüenza, Spain

KEYNOTE 
SPEAKERS
& ORGANISERS

 
Jay Anderson, Canada

Jay Anderson, Canada

Jay Anderson is a meteorologist who has provided eclipse-track climate studies to the community for the past 45 years. He is a graduate in astronomy and physics from the University of British Columbia and has a Masters degree from the University of Manitoba. He worked for 35 years as forecaster for the Meteorological Service of Canada in a variety of roles. With his wife Judy, he has travelled to over 30 eclipses since 1979. Jay is a member and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Alexandru Barbovschi, Moldova

Alexandru Barbovschi, Moldova

Alexandru is currently working as a Senior Support Engineer at Extole, previously employed as a Head of Observatory and Planetarium at Technical University of Moldova. Astronomy has been a passion for him since his early childhood. He received his first telescope in 2009 and witnessed his first total solar eclipse on 21 Aug 2017 from Marion, Illinois in the USA. Passionate about technology as well, he started toying with Linux in 2006, obtaining 2 professional certifications in 2017 and 2019.

Ralph Chou, Canada

Ralph Chou, Canada

With a University of Toronto BSc in Astronomy and University of Waterloo Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science, during a post-doctoral fellowship at City University, London, Ralph began a 30-year career as a Professor of Optometry at Waterloo. He is an acknowledged world expert on solar eclipse eye safety and spectacle lens impact resistance and was President of Toronto Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for 11 years and is Director of E.C. Carr Astronomical Observatory.

Daniel Fischer, Germany

Daniel Fischer, Germany

Daniel is an astronomy writer and amateur astronomer, interested in and covering all things space since 1982. He is especially fond of unusual or rare events in the sky that not only professional space scientists but also amateur astronomers and even the public at large can enjoy together, like eclipses, meteor storms and major comets. Daniel tweets as Cosmos4u and interstellarum and blogs as Skyweek 2.0. He contributes to the interstellarum Newsletter and the print magazine and web TV show.

Xavier Jubier, France

Xavier Jubier, France

A Member of IAU Working Group on Solar Eclipses, Xavier is an engineer who works in a multinational French company outside Paris. He started to get involved with solar eclipses in the early 90’s and now has above 20 under his belt. Xavier is the inventor of solar / lunar eclipse Google Maps and Google Earth files, author of Solar Eclipse Maestro, Lunar Eclipse Maestro, and Mercury Venus Transit Maestro.

Serge Koutchmy, France

Serge Koutchmy, France

Tom McLeish, FRS, UK

Tom McLeish, FRS, UK

Tom is Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Department of Physics at the University of York, the Centre for Medieval Studies and Humanities Research Centre. His research in ‘soft matter and biological physics’, draws on interdisciplinary collaborations to study relationships between molecular structure and material properties. He leads the UK ‘Physics of Life’ network and co-leads the Ordered Universe project, a large interdisciplinary study of 13th century science.

Jay Pasachoff, USA

Jay Pasachoff, USA

Prof. Pasachoff will talk about “Science at Solar Eclipses”. As a veteran of 74 solar eclipses, he will include his team’s observations from a B787 Dreamliner and from Antarctic ice on 4th December 21. He is the Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College, Chair of the International Astronomical Union Working Group on Solar Eclipses, and an authority on solar phenomena. He is also author and co-author of widely used textbooks and field guides in astronomy and of The Sun.

Antonia Varela Perez, Spain

Antonia Varela Perez, Spain

With a PhD in Astrophysics and Researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) since 1988, Antonia is MD of the Starlight Foundation (partner member of the Eclipse262728). She is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the Spanish Society of Astronomy (SEA) and Spanish Network of Studies on Light Pollution (REECL). Antonia leads with the Starlight Foundation the UNWTO Affiliate Member Working Group on Scientific Tourism/Astro-tourism, constituted in September 2009.

Alessandro Pessi, Italy

Alessandro Pessi, Italy

Alessandro has been passionate about solar eclipses since 1999. He likes the planning and preparation phase as the adrenaline builds in the days before and finally the mix of fear and awe felt in the dark under the umbra of the Moon. Being a maker and a data scientist, he has recently become involved with the Besselian Elements Team and its challenge and is excited to prove that passionate amateurs can make good computation and experiments and make a real contribution to science.

Luca Quaglia, Italy

Luca Quaglia, Italy

After the 1999 total solar eclipse, Luca became interested in eclipse algorithms. This led to the computation of the longest and most accurate solar eclipse canon of the time, spanning 30 millennia. It formed the basis for several chapters in Jean Meeus’ Mathematical Astronomy Morsels and was only superseded, almost ten years later, by John Irwin’s canon. Starting with TSE2009, he began an experimental effort to measure the solar radius by leveraging the properties of the flash spectrum.

Mohamad Soltanolkotabi, Iran

Mohamad Soltanolkotabi, Iran

Mohamad experienced TSE1999 in his hometown Esfahan, Iran and fell in love with the world of astronomy. He is a PhD tourism student at the University of Girona who, since 2016, has been working on the Three Consecutive Years of Eclipse Chasing in Spain (2026/27/28), providing early planning, raising awareness and organising diverse activities. In 2021, together with Diego Ruiz Serrano, he founded www.eclipse262728.com

Jörg Schoppmeyer, Germany

Jörg Schoppmeyer, Germany

Jörg is addicted to astronomy and has been an eclipse chaser since 1976. After the 1984 annular eclipse which he observed at sunset in Morocco, he started computer programming to make predictions for future eclipse. From 1986 to 1992 he studied computer science with a focus on compiler building and massive parallel algorithms on transputer CPU’s. Since 1976 he has observed 58 eclipses – 23 partials, 19 total and 16 annular.

Sheridan Williams, FRAS, UK

Sheridan Williams, FRAS, UK

Sheridan was co-organiser for SEC 2018 in Genk, Belgium. He has seen 19 total solar eclipses and after seeing the 1988 eclipse wrote a book entitled “UK Solar Eclipses from year 1 to 3000” Patrick Moore said, “Nothing else like it… a truly splendid book!”. He was the Director of the BAA’s Computing Section from 2009 to 2014 and was awarded the BAA’s Lydia Brown award in 2017. Sheridan is a guide for the Open University’s observatory and National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park.

Michael Zeiler, USA

Michael Zeiler, USA

Michael has been chasing solar eclipses since 1991. He and his wife Polly operate GreatAmericanEclipse.com and eclipse-maps.com. He is a retired geographer formerly with Esri, the leading provider of geographic information systems (GIS) software. In 2009 Michael first applied his professional skills to producing maps of the July 22, 2009 total solar eclipse, which received high acclaim and he continues to produce eclipse maps and animations which combine artistry science and cartographic clarity

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AGENDA

31st August 2022

Welcome Dinner

Sigüenza Parador Restaurant

1st September 2022

Keynote Speakers throughout the day

Doña Blanca Room

Lunch

Sigüenza Parador Restaurant

2nd September 2022

Keynote Speakers 
throughout the day

Doña Blanca Room

Lunch

Sigüenza Parador Restaurant

3rd September 2022

Departures

 

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Come Join Us

31st August - 3rd September 2022

Castle of the Bishops of Sigüenza

(Plaza del Castillo, Sigüenza, Guadalajara, Spain)

HOW TO BOOK

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