In June 1983 the Astronomical Institute of the nation college of Groningen, based by means of Kapteyn approximately a hundred years in the past, celebrated its one-hundredth anniversary. on the advice of its Chairman, R.J. Allen, the Kapteyn Institute invited the overseas Astronomical Union to mark the centenary via conserving a Symposium on "The Milky manner Galaxy". the aim of the Symposium used to be to check fresh development within the examine of our Galaxy, to outline present difficulties, and to discover clients for destiny improvement. The Symposium programme may emphasize the large-scale features of our Galaxy, and spotlight either the old improvement of our realizing of the Milky approach Galaxy and the significance of reports of exterior galaxies to this figuring out. The Symposium used to be subsidized through 4 IAU Commissions: 33 (Structure and Dynamics of the Galactic System), 28 (Galaxies), 34 (Interstellar topic) and forty-one (History of Astronomy). The medical Organizing Committee, indexed on web page xviii, represented a extensive variety of nationalities and of craftsmanship, together with historians of technology. a gathering of the Committee, held in the course of the IAU basic meeting at Patras, supplied a superb chance to debate plan and layout of the Symposium, themes and audio system; thereafter, the-Committee was once usually consulted by way of letter and mobilephone. IAU Symposium 106 was once held at Groningen on 30 could - three June 1983, within the new construction occupied by means of the Kapteyn Institute considering January 1983. there have been approximately 2 hundred members, coming from as many as 25 international locations.
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