The RAS holds regular monthly meetings from October to May covering all aspects of astronomy and solid-earth geophysics, planetary sciences and solar-terrestrial physics. Usually, a pair of Specialist Discussion meetings for Fellows are followed by a more general Astronomy & Geophysics ('Ordinary') meeting, open to the public.
These regular meetings are held on the second Friday of the month, normally in the RAS and Geological Society lecture theatres (both at Burlington House, London). A map to these locations can be found here, and webcasts/podcasts of a number of meetings are available.
In April, the meeting is usually subsumed into the annual week-long RAS National Astronomy Meeting (NAM). 2013 and 2014 are exceptions, as NAM has been moved to July for both those years.
E-bulletins summarising imminent meetings can be subscribed to freely.
Specialist Discussion Meetings cover all branches of astrophysics and solid-earth geophysics (including, but not limited to, cosmology, astrobiology, astrochemistry, astroparticle physics, computational astrophysics; geophysical fluid dynamics, planetary sciences, solar-terrestrial physics). If you would like to give a talk at a Specialist Discussion Meeting, please contact the Meeting Organizer.
'Astronomy & Geophysics' (A&G) meetings, also called Ordinary Meetings, have more diverse programmes of talks, at a level accessible to a general audience of scientists (and advanced amateurs). If you would like to give a talk at an A&G Meeting, please contact the Senior Secretary.
N.B.: A&G Meetings are open to all, with free admission. Registration charges are levied for the February BGA meeting, and for non-Fellows attending any RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting.
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Anthony Yeates (Durham)*, Alexander Russell (Dundee), Jonathan Eastwood (Imperial)
*Contact: anthony.yeates AT durham.ac.uk
Magnetic reconnection is a critical process in highly-conducting plasmas ranging from the Sun's atmosphere to the Earth's magnetosphere and even laboratory experiments. It is the means by which these plasmas are able to release energy previously bound up in the magnetic connectivity. Yet despite more than a half-century of progress, researchers are still struggling with the complications of real plasmas, for example: What are the influences of kinetic effects on reconnection? How do we define and measure reconnection in three-dimensions? Can we predict where reconnection will take place in a complex magnetic field and how it will proceed? The theme of this meeting is to reflect on the cutting edge techniques and observations that are currently shedding light on reconnection, and to discuss where future efforts should be directed.
1ST SESSION (10:30-11:40) – CHAIR JONATHAN EASTWOOD
10:30 Jim Drake (University of Maryland)
2ND SESSION (11:45-13:00) – CHAIR ALEXANDER RUSSELL
11:45 Julie Stevenson (University of St Andrews)
12:00 Robert Fear (University of Southampton)
12.15 David Pontin (University of Dundee)
12.30 Keith Moffat (University of Cambridge)
12.45 Chris Arridge (Lancaster University)
3RD SESSION (14:00 -15:30) – CHAIR ANTHONY YEATES
14:00 Gunnar Hornig (University of Dundee)
14:40 Heli Hietala (Imperial College London)
14:55 Jaroslav Dudik (University of Cambridge)
15:10 Francesco Pegoraro (University of Pisa)
15:25 Summary and close
15:30 Tea will be available in the Lower Library of the Geological Society for those attending the Open (Monthly A&G) Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Matthew Pitkin (Glasgow)*, John Veitch (Birmingham) and Dr Ik Siong Heng (Glasgow)
The next few years promise to be exciting ones for the field of gravitational wave astronomy: ground-based gravitational wave detectors will begin taking data at unprecedented sensitivities; pulsar timing arrays are continuing to improve their timing accuracy; and several experiments are studying the cosmic microwave background polarisation in great detail. Together, these methods are probing a huge range of the gravitational wave spectrum, and detections will offer a wealth of new information on compact binaries, supermassive black holes, and general relativity in extreme environments from the early universe to black hole mergers. Exploiting the datasets provided by these cutting edge observations has spurred the development of novel data analysis methods to understand gravitational wave sources. This Royal Astronomical Society discussion meeting will bring together researchers from these diverse areas to encourage the sharing of techniques and foster further collaboration within the data analysis community.
Full Programme available at http://tinyurl.com/RAS-Towards-GW-Astronomy
2014 RAS James Dungey Lectureship: Professor Sandra C Chapman (University of Warwick): Reconnection and Turbulence: Thinking in Pictures
Ask anyone about Jim Dungey and reconnection and they are more than likely to make a sketch of magnetic field topology and dynamics. Topologies, symmetries, and dynamics are often easiest to see visually, in a series of drawings of snapshots of the magnetic field and flows. However, these sketches are more than illustrative, they are pictures that follow the rules of plasma electrodynamics and as such can be used as tools to further understanding.
WINTON CAPITAL AWARD WINNER (G)
WINTON CAPITAL AWARD WINNER (A)
The dynamical chromosphere and its role in energy transfer through the solar atmosphere: Results from IRISDate: 9 Jan 2015
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Louise Harra (MSSL/UCL)* and Alan Hood (St. Andrews)
*Contact: lkh AT mssl.ucl.ac.uk
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Nick Wright (Hertfordshire)*,
*Contact: nick.nwright AT gmail.com
British Geophysical Association "New Advances in Geophysics" 2-day meeting
Day1 (Thursday 5th Feb): 09.15 (registration) and conference starts at 10.00; lunch from 12.20 – 13.20; End time: 19.00 (poster session & wine reception from 17:00 – 19:00)
Day2 (Friday 6th Feb): Start: 09.00; lunch from 13:00 – 14:00; End time: 16:00
Will also included BGA's AGM at lunchtime on Friday, 6th Feb.
More details to follow.
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Andrew J. Kavanagh (BAS)*, Ian McCrea (RAL), Mervyn Freeman (BAS)
*Contact: andkav AT bas.ac.uk
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Stephen Smartt (QUB)*, Paul O'Brien (Leicester)
Astronomical surveys seem poised to enter a new era when non-photonic messengers such as gravitational waves, high energy cosmic rays and neutrinos will be detected. We propose a cross-disciplinary meeting to bring together researchers working across these fields to ensure the fledgling collaborations that are springing up are given chance to blossom and to continue UK leadership. This meeting builds on a successful Royal Society meeting in 2012.
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Paul Alexander (Cambridge)*, Rob Fender, Fillipe Abdalla, Matt Jarvis, Keith Grainge, Ben Stappers, Jonathan Pritchard, Aris Karastergiou, Melvin Hoare, Robert Nichol, Steve Eales, Philip Best
*Contact: pa AT mrao.cam.ac.uk
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Richard Walker (Oxford), James Hollingsworth (Nice-Sophia Antipolis), Ed Nissen (Colorado School of Mines) and Barry Parsons (Oxford)*
*Contact: barry.parsons AT earth.ox.ac.uk
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Rob Fender (Oxford)*, Steve Balbus (Oxford), Chris Done (Durham), Christian Knigge (Southampton)
*Contact: rob.fender AT astro.ox.ac.uk
Spectroscopy of Airless Bodies in wavelengths from the visible to the microwave: Orbital, Telescopic and/or Laboratory Measurements relevant to Mercury, the Moon and AsteroidsDate: 10 Apr 2015
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Kerri Donaldson Hanna* and Neil Bowles (Oxford), Stephen Lowry (Kent), and Simon Green (Open University)
*Contact: DonaldsonHanna AT atm.ox.ac.uk
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Simon Jeffery (Armagh), Don Kurtz (UCLAN), Conny Aerts (KU Leuven)
*Contact: csj AT arm.ac.uk
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Kathy Cashman (Bristol), Quentin Fisher (Leeds), Michael Kendall (Bristol)
Contact: gljmk AT bristol.ac.uk
The AGM is only open to Fellows; non-Fellows intending to attend the following A&G meeting are welcome to wait in the Lower Library of the Geological Society.
Please note that this meeting will follow the AGM (16:00 - 17:00 only open to Fellows).
The National Astronomy Meeting 2015 will be held in Venue Cmyru, Llandudno, North Wales on the 5th to 9th July 2015 . Please hold the dates in your diary, www.venuecymru.co.uk
The opening reception will be held on the Sunday evening and the scientific programme will run from Monday to Thursday.