The American University of Sharjah in partnership with the Emirates Mars Mission and Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) is hosting the international conference FTAPS 2017 in February 22-25, 2017 which has the first ever professional astronomy component. The conference is endorsed conference by the International Astronomical Union (OAD-AW-ROAD). 

The conference will provide opportunity to exchange ideas on rising research issues, and establish regional and international collaborations. All papers contributed to the conference will appear in the Journal of Physics: Conference Series (JPCS) after going through a review process by the conference scientific committee. Moreover, authors of selected contributions will be invited to submit extended articles toward a focus issue in Physica Scripta associated with FTAPS 2017.

This webpage is dedicated to the
Astrophysics theme of the conference. To visit the official website of the conference, please visit

The themes of the Astrophysics sessions of the conference are:

Also, a special session hosted by
the Arab Astronomical Society (ArAS) to discuss and update the Long Term Strategic Plan (LTSP) for developing professional astronomy in Arab World.