I believe it is very important to connect to the larger scientific community and discuss recent advancements and fundamental questions. Meetings are a way to do this, and also to meet new researchers and foster collaborations. Thus organizing meetings is a way to contribute to the general direction of the scientific community. I have been part of several efforts to organize meetings. Below is a list with short descriptions.
Astrophysical jets and outflows - synergies from compact objects to protostars (EWASS 2017 Symposium 4)
Venue: Faculty of Law, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic Organizers: Magnus V. Persson (co-chair), Dave Russell (co-chair), Simone Migliari (co-chair), Odysseas Dionatos, Lars Kristensen, Linda Podio, and Simone Antoniucci.
Information: Web page : http://eas.unige.ch/EWASS/session.jsp?id=S4
This project was initiated by myself and Odysseas Dionatos (University of Vienna) in the summer of 2016. After inviting some collaborators we applied for a small special session on protostellar jets and outflows. The proposal was accepted and merged with a similar proposal, but focusing on compact objects and more energetic phenomenon which Dave Russel and Simone Migliari were leading. Because of the merger we were awarded twice the time, and upgraded to a full symposium.
The Dynamics of Star and Planet Formation (EWASS 2016 Symposium 9)
Venue: Eugenides Foundation, Athens, Greece Organizers:
Kanaris Tsinganos and Nick Wright (co-chairs), Francesca Bacciotti, Jim Dale, Odysseas Dionatos, Manuel Guedel, Richard Parker, Magnus V. Persson, Sarah Ragan, Tom Ray, Christophe Sauty, Rowan Smith, and Catherine Vlahakis
Information: Web page : http://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2016/session.jsp?id=S9
This project was initiated by myself and Odysseas Dionatos (University of Vienna) in the summer of 2015. After getting more people involved Kanaris Tsinganos (Director of Athens Observatory) applied for a symposium. The application was accepted and merged with the similar application by Nick Wright.
Python in Astronomy
Venue: Lorentz Center, Leiden, The Netherlands Organizers:
Pauline Barmby, Eric Jeschke, Sara Kendrew, Stuart Mumford, Magnus V. Persson, and Thomas Robitaille.
Information: Web page : https://python-in-astronomy.github.io/2015/