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PUBLIC LECTURES

The RAS hosts popular 45-minute lunch- or evening-time lectures for non-specialists, at which members of the public can listen to leading scientists talk about their work. Please note that attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no charge, and doors open 30 minutes before the start of each lecture.

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BQ, UK

London Underground: Green Park or Piccadilly Circus

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RAS Public Lecture: Our Dynamic Sun
Date: 11 Apr 2017
Time: 13:00

Our Dynamic Sun

Dr Helen Mason (Cambridge)

 

(Venue: Geological Lecture Theatre, no booking required)

 

Several solar spacecraft have been observing the Sun over the past few years:
SoHO, Stereo, Hinode, SDO and most recently IRIS. We now have detailed
images and movies of the Sun, which show that it is very complex and dynamic.
This talk will review what we have learnt about our Sun from these space observations, in particular what we know about solar activity and solar flares, together with the impact that the Sun can have on the Earth's environment (space weather).

 

Dr Helen Mason is a solar scientist at the University of Cambridge. She has worked on many solar space projects in the UV and X-ray wavelength ranges (most recently: SoHO, Hinode, SDO and IRIS).

 

In 2014, Helen was awarded an OBE for her services to Higher Education and to Women in Science, Engineering and Technology. She has participated in many outreach projects and given science presentations to audiences at many venues, including the Royal Institution. She has participated in several TV programs, most recently BBC4's 'Seven Ages of Starlight'. She leads the Sun|trek project

(www.suntrek.org) which explores the Sun and its effects on the Earth. Most recently she has been working with schools on science projects linked to Tim Peake's flight on the ISS.

 

Doors open at 12.30 pm, no entry once the lecture begins at 1 pm.




RAS Public Lecture: Our Dynamic Sun
Date: 11 Apr 2017
Time: 18:00

Our Dynamic Sun

Dr Helen Mason (Cambridge)

 

(Venue: Royal Astronomical Lecture Theatre - booking required and opens 15/03/2017 - free tickets via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/our-dynamic-sun-tickets-32286637201 )

 

Several solar spacecraft have been observing the Sun over the past few years:
SoHO, Stereo, Hinode, SDO and most recently IRIS. We now have detailed
images and movies of the Sun, which show that it is very complex and dynamic.
This talk will review what we have learnt about our Sun from these space observations, in particular what we know about solar activity and solar flares, together with the impact that the Sun can have on the Earth's environment (space weather).

 

Dr Helen Mason is a solar scientist at the University of Cambridge. She has worked on many solar space projects in the UV and X-ray wavelength ranges (most recently: SoHO, Hinode, SDO and IRIS).

 

In 2014, Helen was awarded an OBE for her services to Higher Education and to Women in Science, Engineering and Technology. She has participated in many outreach projects and given science presentations to audiences at many venues, including the Royal Institution. She has participated in several TV programs, most recently BBC4's 'Seven Ages of Starlight'. She leads the Sun|trek project

(www.suntrek.org) which explores the Sun and its effects on the Earth. Most recently she has been working with schools on science projects linked to Tim Peake's flight on the ISS.


Doors open at 5.30 pm - no entry once the lecture begins at 6 pm.




RAS Public Lecture: ESA's Space Science and Exploration Missions
Date: 9 May 2017
Time: 13:00

ESA's Space Science and Exploration Missions

Professor Mark McCaughrean

 

(Venue: Geological Society Lecture Theatre - no booking required)

 

The European Space Agency operates and is partner in a fleet of spacecraft studying the Sun, probing the Earth's magnetic field, orbiting various solar system bodies, and collecting photons across the electromagnetic spectrum, from corners of the Universe near and far.

 

In this talk, Prof. Mark McCaughrean will present some key recent results from ongoing missions, including the Milky Way surveyor Gaia, the gravitational wave technology testbed LISA Pathfinder, and present results from two major solar system missions, namely the Rosetta comet chaser, which ended its mission at Comet 67P in September 2016, and the ExoMars 2016 mission, which arrived at Mars in October 2016. He will conclude with a look forward to the exciting new mission currently being built for launch in coming years.

 

Prof. Mark McCaughrean is Senior Science Advisor in the Directorate of Science at the European Space Agency. He is also responsible for communicating results from ESA's astronomy, heliophysics, planetary, and fundamental physics missions to the scientific community and wider general public. Following a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, he worked at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, followed by astronomical institutes in Tucson, Heidelberg, Bonn, and Potsdam, and taught as a professor of astrophysics at the University of Exeter before joining ESA in 2009. His personal scientific research involves observational studies of the formation of stars and their planetary systems, and he is also an Interdisciplinary Scientist for the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope.




RAS Public Lecture: ESA's Space Science and Exploration Missions
Date: 9 May 2017
Time: 18:00

ESA's Space Science and Exploration Missions

Professor Mark McCaughrean

 

(Venue: Royal Astonomical Society Lecture Theatre, booking required - booking opens 12 April 2017 - free tickets via Eventbrite)

 

The European Space Agency operates and is partner in a fleet of spacecraft studying the Sun, probing the Earth's magnetic field, orbiting various solar system bodies, and collecting photons across the electromagnetic spectrum, from corners of the Universe near and far.

 

In this talk, Prof. Mark McCaughrean will present some key recent results from ongoing missions, including the Milky Way surveyor Gaia, the gravitational wave technology testbed LISA Pathfinder, and present results from two major solar system missions, namely the Rosetta comet chaser, which ended its mission at Comet 67P in September 2016, and the ExoMars 2016 mission, which arrived at Mars in October 2016. He will conclude with a look forward to the exciting new mission currently being built for launch in coming years.

 

Prof. Mark McCaughrean is Senior Science Advisor in the Directorate of Science at the European Space Agency. He is also responsible for communicating results from ESA's astronomy, heliophysics, planetary, and fundamental physics missions to the scientific community and wider general public. Following a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, he worked at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, followed by astronomical institutes in Tucson, Heidelberg, Bonn, and Potsdam, and taught as a professor of astrophysics at the University of Exeter before joining ESA in 2009. His personal scientific research involves observational studies of the formation of stars and their planetary systems, and he is also an Interdisciplinary Scientist for the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope.