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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, of which a number of the talks are available here Ordinary Meeting Videos.

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.

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.

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.

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
Date: 12 May 2017
Time: 10:30

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Sarah Bridle (Manchester); Bob Mann (Edinburgh)



This meeting aims to bring together the ~200 people in the UK, from >30 astronomy groups, who have expressed an interest in (see for more information), and follows the recent Memorandum of Agreement between the UK and LSST and the resulting growing number of UK participants in LSST. This is an excellent opportunity for the LSST: UK Science Working Group to present current activity to help engage the wider UK community, highlighting exciting areas, discussing cross-cutting science topics e.g. survey strategy, and interfacing with the many complementary projects the UK has leadership.

UK-SEDI: Study of the Earth's interior at the cutting edge
Date: 12 May 2017
Time: 10:30

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Andy Nowacki (Leeds); Richard Holme (Liverpool),Tim Elliott (Bristol)



The Study of the Earth's Deep Interior (SEDI) focusses on the study of Earth's mantle and core and has links to comparative planetology. The meeting will comprise invited review talks, contributed student-presented talks and include discussion about the big, unsolved questions in deep Earth research. Additionally we will have the opportunity for poster presentations over an extended lunch. This meeting will help to identify important topics in deep Earth research to which the UK SEDI community might contribute and we hope to foster new collaborations between UK and international deep Earth researchers. Submissions for contributed talks (abstract required) or posters (title required) on any SEDI-related theme are welcome.


For more details and abstract submission, see the meeting website at:


Date: 12 May 2017
Time: 16:00

The AGM is only open to Fellows; non-Fellows intending to attend the following Ordinary meeting are welcome to wait in the Lower Library of the Geological Society.

RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 12 May 2017
Time: 17:00



Presentation of the second tranche of RAS 200: Sky and Earth awards by Professor Steve Miller


Professor John Zarnecki
Titan; The Moon that Thinks It's a Planet

National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) 2017
Date: 2 Jul 2017
Time: 18:00

The Royal Astronomical Society is proud to present the National Astronomy Meeting from 2nd - 6th July 2017.

The E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Hull will be hosting the UK National Astronomy Meeting, where we will bring together hundreds of delegates from the UK astronomy community.

NAM2017 will feature a wide-ranging scientific programme in parallel with exciting outreach and cultural events.

NAM2017 is part of Hull - City of Culture Programme in 2017.


For further details and to register:



  • Fees: Admission to the Society's Monthly A&G (Ordinary) Meetings is open to all, at no charge. Admission to the Specialist Discussion Meetings is normally free to RAS members and £15 to non-members (£5 to students), collected on the door, while  GSL members may normally attend "G" meetings at no charge. Note that special rates apply for the February BGA meeting. RAS and GSL members should bring their membership cards, and students their student cards, as identification.
  • Tea will be served before A&G meetings (15:30, at Geological Society Lecture Theatre, Burlington House). A drinks reception will follow A&G meetings, in the Burlington House apartments of Royal Astronomical Society.
  • Coffee/registration for Specialist Discussion Meetings will commence a half-hour before the formal start time.
  • Copies of the detailed programme will be circulated, to those who have asked for them, approximately two weeks in advance of each meeting. Any member who does not already receive these details but wishes to do so should notify the Executive Director.
  • Those wishing to make a contribution at a Specialist Discussion Meeting should contact the appropriate organizers.
  • The Society welcomes suggestions for venues and topics for half- or one-day regional meetings; contact the Secretary or Executive Director.
  • Detailed notes for organizers (including the Code of Conduct for RAS meetings) are available for reference.