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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.

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. 

Building an Open UK SKA-Science Consortium?
Date: 13 Mar 2015
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Stephen Serjeant (OU), Mark Thompson (Herts) and Jonathan Prichard (Imperial


All astronomers are welcome at the RAS specialist meeting on "Building an open UK SKA Science Consortium", on Friday 13th of March 2015 at Burlington House, from 10.30 to 3.30. The aim is to foster and stimulate the formation of collaborations for future SKA science.


Unlike the 2014 meeting at the RAS, we intend this to be a science-focussed meeting: not just forward-looking to the SKA, but also including pathfinders and precursors such as LOFAR, ASKAP, MEERKAT, MWA, e-Merlin and JVLA as well as multi-wavelength synergistic science and theory.


There will be space for posters and time for 1-slide poster presentations. The organisers are particularly keen to encourage abstract submissions from outside the 'usual' radio astronomy community. Talks can be either 15 or 30 minutes long, including questions.


To submit an abstract for a talk or poster, please email your abstract to stephen.serjeant (at) with the subject header RAS-SKA.


10:00 Registration

10:15 Robert Braun - Background to the Square Kilometre Array

10:30 White - Galactic plane astronomy with LOFAR

10:45 Fenech - The eMERLIN Cyg OB2 radio survey (COBRaS)

11:00 Gompertz - The radio signatures of magnetar-driven short gamma-ray bursts, and their detectability with the SKA

11:15 Viti - Complex organic molecules in galactic and extragalactic massive star forming regions

11:30 Staley - TraP, an image-plane transients detection pipeline for radio astronomy

11:45 Stappers - Searching for radio pulsars and fast transients in the SKA era

12:00 Bisi - Heliospheric physics and space weather studies with

12:15 1 min poster presentations

12:30ish LUNCH

13:15 Conselice - SKA and Euclid synergies

13:30 Harrison - Weak gravitational lensing with the SKA

13:45 Jackson - SKA and gravitational lensing

14:00 Muxlow - The eMERGE galaxy evolution survey

14:15 McAlpine - The evolution of faint radio sources in the VIDEO XMM-LSS field

14:30 Bull - Testing fundamental cosmology with the SKA

14:45 Haehnelt - Probing reionization with lyman alpha in absorption and emission

15:00 Watkinson - High-redshift constraints on reionization and the nature of X-ray production from the moments of 21cm maps

15:15 Bray - High energy particle detection with the SKA new-generation radio telescope systems

15:30 tea


Tectonics from Above: Recent Advances in the Use of High-resolution Topography and Imagery.
Date: 13 Mar 2015
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Richard Walker (Oxford), James Hollingsworth (Arup), Ed Nissen (Colorado School of Mines) and Barry Parsons (Oxford)*

*Contact: barry.parsons AT

Topography is one of the most important geophysical observations that can be made at the Earth's surface, but often one that is taken for granted. Recent advances in topographic measurements have significantly improved the spatial resolutions now available to earth scientists; from the 90 m resolution SRTM global DEM widely used now, through the 12 m resolution WorldDEM about to be completed (using data recorded by the TanDEM-X radar mission), to the 1 m DEMs that may be obtained through LiDAR and space/aerial stereo-photogrammetric measurements. Future use of drone technology offers the potential of even higher resolution DEMs from both LiDAR and multi-stereo optical images.

Combining the new high-resolution topography with high-resolution imagery allows the Earth's surface to be explored in a virtual environment. For example, subtle geomorphic features preserved in the landscape can enable us to determine the slip that occurred in recent and past earthquakes. In addition, three-dimensional analysis of high-resolution topographic and optical imagery can significantly enhance the impact and efficiency of geological field measurements; geological dating of geomorphic features is essential in quantifying how faults evolve through time. Furthermore, comparison of pre- and post-earthquake datasets now allows the retrieval of the full 3D deformation field produced by earthquakes (including post-seismic deformation occurring after the earthquake).

The aims of the meeting are two-fold. First, to expose to a wider audience the new data sets (e.g. Tandem-X, LiDAR, Pleiades imagery), and the new methods for generating and analysing these data sets (e.g. photogrammetric DEM extraction, point cloud manipulation), that are currently available for measuring continental topography and surface displacements. Second, to provide a forum for the discussion of new tectonic applications of high-resolution topography and imagery.


10 am Registration

Session 1: Chaired by Richard Walker

10.30 Sebastien Leprince (Caltech)
Tracking 3D ground changes using multi-temporal stereo satellite imagery

11.00 Dimitri Lague (University of Rennes)
Benefits of working directly with raw 3D point clouds in the context of tectonic geomorphology
11.30 Ed Nissen (Colorado School of Mines)
Long-term and single-event earthquake behaviour mapped with individual and repeat lidar datasets
12.00 Thomas Fritz (German Aerospace Centre)
High resolution global DEM data from the TanDEM-X radar mission

12.30 Lunch and Posters


Session 2: Chaired by James Hollingsworth

13.30 Yann Klinger (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris)
Optical image correlation: topography and deformation at high resolution using the Mic-Mac open-source package
14.00 Jean-Philippe Avouac (University of Cambridge)
Fault dynamics and earthquake physics: learning from space observations
14.30 Steven Hosford (CNES, French Space Agency)
Optical satellite data for tectonics: access to SPOT and Pléiades for science
14.45 Yu Zhou (University of Oxford)
Measuring co-seismic vertical displacements with Pleiades stereo imagery
15.00 Austin Elliott (University of Oxford)
Rapid modification of fresh scarps along the 2010 Mw 7.2 El Mayor Cucapah surface rupture measured by repeated terrestrial lidar scans
15.15 David Mackenzie (University of Oxford)
Using Structure from Motion to map fault structure and geomorphology at all scales: a low cost alternative to terrestrial lidar

15.30 Tea in the Geological Society

RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 13 Mar 2015
Time: 16:00

Talks will be given by:


Dr Karen Masters (Portsmouth)

Galaxy Zoo Science: Revealing the Impact of Galactic Bars


Dr Andrew Siemion (Berkeley)

Searching for extraterrestrial intelligence with the next generation of radio  telescopes



Professor Pieter van Dokkum (Yale)

Ghostly Galaxies: exploring the universe with the Dragonfly Telescope

Solar Eclipse viewing event
Date: 20 Mar 2015
Time: 08:25

Come and join the RAS and the Baker Street Irregular Astronomers (BSIA) to view the partial solar eclipse on the 20th March 2015.


Arrive on the day before 1st contact (8.25am), watch the eclipse through an 85% 'totality' phase (max. at approx. 9.31am) and stay until 4th contact (10.40am).

There will be a range of hydrogen alpha scopes to reveal the sun's broiling atmosphere, the filaments and solar prominences; white light filters that show the sunspots on the surface of the sun and dark solar eyeglasses for visual observing. We will have some eclipse viewers to give out as well!


Everybody is welcome to join us and the event is completely free.

You are allowed to bring your own solar viewing equipment but you are more than welcome to simply use ours if you don't have any of your own.


We're holding it at Smokehouse BBQ & Grill in Regent's Park so breakfasts, refreshments and toilet facilities will be available.


The nearest tube stations are Regent's Park, Great Portland Street and Mornington Crescent. Nearby parking is available on Inner Circle and Chester Road (free until 9am).


We don't ask people to sign up or notify us of their attendance but if you want to join our email list in case of cancellation please email


We will email our mailing list and put notices out on Twitter and Facebook beforehand that the event will go ahead if it's cloudy (in the hope of clear spells) but it will be cancelled if it's raining.


Accretion States and Feedback (AGN)
Date: 10 Apr 2015
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Rob Fender (Oxford)*, Steve Balbus (Oxford), Chris Done (Durham), Christian Knigge (Southampton)

*Contact: rob.fender AT


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Spectroscopy of Airless Bodies in wavelengths from the visible to the microwave: Orbital, Telescopic and/or Laboratory Measurements relevant to Mercury, the Moon and Asteroids
Date: 10 Apr 2015
Time: 10:30

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


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RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 10 Apr 2015
Time: 16:00

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Astroseismology: high-precision stellar metrics for the exoplanet era
Date: 8 May 2015
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Simon Jeffery (Armagh), Don Kurtz (UCLAN), Conny Aerts (KU Leuven)

*Contact: csj AT

The geophysical response of the Earth to fluid migration: oil and magma.
Date: 8 May 2015
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Kathy Cashman (Bristol), Quentin Fisher (Leeds), Michael Kendall (Bristol)

Contact: gljmk AT


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2015 AGM
Date: 8 May 2015
Time: 16:00

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.

RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 8 May 2015
Time: 17:00

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Please note that this meeting will follow the AGM (16:00 - 17:00 only open to Fellows).

National Astronomy Meeting 2015
Date: 5 Jul 2015
Time: 00:00

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,

The opening reception will be held on the Sunday evening and the scientific programme will run from Monday to Thursday.
The Scientific and Local Organising Committees are being established and will provide information on the scientific programme, registration and accommodation options in the near future.




  1. 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

  2. membership fees for those joining on the day.

  3. Coffee/registration for Specialist Discussion Meetings will commence a half-hour before the formal start time.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 Secretary.

  6. Those wishing to make a contribution at a Specialist Discussion Meeting should contact the appropriate organizers.

  7. Contributions/Speakers for Monthly A&G (Ordinary) Meetings are most welcome, and should contact the Secretary or Executive Secretary.

  8. The Society welcomes suggestions for venues and topics for half- or one-day regional meetings; contact the Secretary or Executive Secretary.

  9. Detailed notes for organizers are available for reference.