In June 1983 the Astronomical Institute of the country college of Groningen, based through Kapteyn approximately a hundred years in the past, celebrated its one-hundredth anniversary. on the recommendation of its Chairman, R.J. Allen, the Kapteyn Institute invited the foreign Astronomical Union to mark the centenary via maintaining a Symposium on "The Milky manner Galaxy". the aim of the Symposium used to be to check fresh growth within the examine of our Galaxy, to outline present difficulties, and to discover customers for destiny improvement. The Symposium programme may emphasize the large-scale features of our Galaxy, and spotlight either the old improvement of our knowing of the Milky method Galaxy and the significance of reports of exterior galaxies to this realizing. The Symposium used to be backed by means of 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 wide diversity of nationalities and of workmanship, together with historians of technological know-how. a gathering of the Committee, held throughout the IAU common meeting at Patras, supplied a great chance to debate plan and structure of the Symposium, subject matters and audio system; thereafter, the-Committee used to be usually consulted by means of letter and phone. IAU Symposium 106 was once held at Groningen on 30 may possibly - three June 1983, within the new construction occupied by way of the Kapteyn Institute considering the fact that January 1983. there have been approximately two hundred members, coming from as many as 25 international locations.
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