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Welcome to "The Venus transit experience" 
a meeting to be held in Paris, November 5-6-7, 2004 
Friday, November 5, 2004 (in Amphithéâtre Henri Poincaré)

10:30			Arrivals and welcome at the Carré des Sciences

14:30 – 14:50     Opening by French Minister for Research and addresses by Educational and Research representatives

14:50 – 15:10	“The Start-Up of the VT-2004 Programme – from Idea to V-Day” 
                        (Richard West, VT-2004 International Steering Committee)

15:10 – 15:30	“The VT-2004 Programme in Action – the V-Day and What Followed” 
                        (Rosa Ros, VT-2004 International Steering Committee)

15:30 – 16:15	Address on “Humanity and Astronomy” by Hubert Reeves

16:15 – 16:45	Coffee/Tea Break (participants get-together)

16:45 – 17:45	Showing of Laureate Videos I
	            Introduction by Jury President (Daniel Kunth, Paris)
	            Laureate Videos (1 – 5) – 12 min each incl. short introduction

17:45 – 18:00	Intermission

18:00 – 19:00	Showing of Laureate Videos II
	            Laureate Videos (6 – 10) – 12 min each incl. short introduction

At the end of the showing of the videos, the public will be asked to vote
in order to select the "Grand prix du public" awarded to the best video 
independantly to the first prizes awarded by the Jury.

19:30	            After the sessions, transfer by bus to the Eiffel Tower

20:30 – 23:00	Reception on 1st platform of the Eiffel Tower:
                        Address by J.M. Faidit “One century ago, a Sun party at the Eiffel tower”
                        Spanish Flamenco dancers on the “Venus Transit”

Saturday, November 6, 2004 (in Amphithéâtre Henri Poincaré)

Special programme for Video Laureates during morning and first half of afternoon. 

09:00 – 10:30	Reports from some VT-2004 National Nodes (**) (Highlights – 10 + 5 min each)
	            Bulgaria (*)
	            France (Isabelle Daumont)
	            Malta (Edwin Camillieri)
	            Norway (*)
	            Poland (Barbara Cader-Sroka)
	            Spain (*)
	            Greece (Margarita Metaxa)

10:45 – 11:30	Coffee/Tea break and NN Posters session

11:30 – 13:00	Communication – the media (15 + 5 min each)
                        1. The written press (Alicia Rivera - El Pais, Spain)
                        2. TV (Sarka Spevakova – Herafilm, Czech Republic)
                        3. Radio  (Sophie Bécherel, France-Inter))
                        4. The web (Henri Boffin and Michael Naumann – ESO)
                        Summarizing remarks by Chair (5 min)
13:00 – 14:15	Lunch

14:15 – 15:45	Schools – Amateurs (15 + 5 min each)
                        1. VT in the Primary School (Martine Haustgen-Wagner – Luxembourg)
                        2. VT in the Secondary School (Rostislav Halas – Czech Republic)
                        3. VT and the Amateurs (Mihkal Kama – Estonia) 
                        4. VT Observing Campaign and the AU (Jean-Eudes Arlot, Patrick Rocher and William Thuillot, IMCCE, France)
                        Summarizing remarks by Chair (5 min)

15:45 – 16:15	Coffee/Tea Break

16:15 – 17:45	General discussion – Conclusions

                  Transfert by bus to the Senate from the hotels at 19:30
20:00 – 23:00	Presentation of Video Contest Verdict by Jury and dinner at the Senate (Palais du Luxembourg)

Sunday, November 7, 2004 (in Amphithéâtre Yves Stourdzé)


09:00 – 10:30	NN and ISC meet to formulate conclusions, to discuss the networks and possible future programmes of similar scope, 
                        final decisions about material to be included in Final Report (DVD and Executive Summary)

10:30 – 11:00	Coffee/Tea Break

11:00 – 12:00	Session continued – Conclusions and Any Further Actions

                  Visit to Paris Observatory (registration needed)
                  at 14:30 
                  or 15:30 
                  or 16:30

(*) Not yet confirmed

(**) All National Nodes (NNs) are asked to bring posters about their work (technical details to be announced soon).
 In addition, and in view of the limited time available and to avoid repetition, the ISC is inviting 6 VT-2004 NNs to make oral presentations 
about the outcome of their work; their representatives will speak 10 min each, followed by 5 min comments/discussion. 
The talks may include short video clips within the Power Point Presentations.

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