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 *Mark Lester (Leicester),
Mervyn Freeman (NERC BAS), Jim Wild (Lancaster)
*Contact: Mark Lester email@example.com
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Anna Scaife
(Manchester), Patrick Leahy (Manchester), Andrew Fletcher (Newcastle)
*Contact: Anna Scaife firstname.lastname@example.org
All astronomers are welcome at the RAS specialist meeting on "Magnetic Fields on Galactic Extra-galactic Scales", on Friday 13th of November 2015 at Burlington
Contributed talks are invited. Talks can be either 15 or 30 minutes long.
To submit an abstract for a talk or poster, please email your abstract to anna.scaife (at) manchester.ac.uk with the subject header RAS-MAG.
An RAS Discussion Meeting organised by *A. K. Romer (Sussex),
C. A. Collins (LJMU), I. G. McCarthy (LJMU)
*Contact: A. K. Romer email@example.com
Galaxy clusters are once again at the forefront of cosmology, with a variety of independent measurements of clusters (including SZ and X-ray number counts, lensing shear correlation function, the SZ power spectrum) in apparent tension with cosmological parameters estimated from the primary CMB. Is new physics needed to reconcile these conflicting results (e.g., massive neutrinos, time-varying dark energy, modified gravity)? Before such a bold conclusion can be made, a critical assessment of the systematic errors affecting cosmological constraints derived from the various cluster tests must be undertaken. The urgency and importance of this task is magnified by imminent surveys such as DES and e-ROSITA that will yield ~ 100s times more clusters in order to place constraints on a whole range of fundamental cosmological parameters. Are we ready? The aim of this discussion is to bring together expert observers and theorists to discuss recent cluster survey results and assess the systematic issues likely to affect upcoming cluster cosmology efforts.
An RAS Discussion Meeting organised by *Penny Wozniakiewicz (Kent/NHM), Mark Price (Kent), Matt Genge (Imperial), Mark Burchell (Kent),
*Contact: Penny Wozniakiewicz P.J.Wozniakiewicz@kent.ac.uk
Modern data analysis in solar physics: progress in the automated analysis of solar features and their dynamicsDate: 8 Jan 2016
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Richard Morton
*Contact: Richard Morton firstname.lastname@example.org
In recent years a number of satellites and telescopes have become
operational that provide near continuous, high-resolution and high-
cadence observations of the Sun. This has resulted in a wealth of data
that cannot be analysed by hand alone. To make full use of the
information it is essential that automated techniques are developed to
aid identification and tracking of the various phenomenon of interest.
This meeting will bring together those interested in the use and
development of automated routines for astrophysical data analysis,
with focus on the analysis of dynamics in solar atmospheric datasets.
It will enable a discussion on currently available techniques and routines
and those under development. Additionally the meeting aims to highlight
the future directions required to aid the analysis of large data sets.
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Karen Masters
(Portsmouth), Haley Gomez (Cardiff)
Contact: Karen Masters email@example.com,
Haley Gomez GomezH@cardiff.ac.uk
CHANGE TO USUAL TIME: PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 3.30 PM AND FINISH AT 3.3O PM
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Rafal Szepietowski
*Contact: Rafal Szepietowski firstname.lastname@example.org
Summary statistics, such as the power spectrum, have often been a primary tool of modern cosmology as they can be explicitly linked with theoretical predictions for different physical theories. However, the fields in the Universe contain much more information than can be captured by those compressive statistics.
To give just few examples, spatially resolved maps of large-scale structure are especially suited to study individual elements of the cosmic web – clusters, voids, and filaments; they are sensitive to non-Gaussian features of the density field and environment-dependent effects in modified gravity. Of course, such maps can be used beyond purely cosmological applications, for example to study the correlations between galaxy properties and the local and large scale environments in which these galaxies reside, thus providing crucial information for galaxy formation and evolution studies.
Ongoing and future wide-field surveys, such as the DES, Euclid, LSST and SKA, will provide data to construct resolved maps of large volumes of the Universe. However, the choice of the observational probe, e.g. weak gravitational lensing, peculiar velocities or galaxy positions, and a specific map-making algorithm depend on a particular science application.
This meeting will be an opportunity to present map-making techniques for various probes, and their unique science applications and provide a forum for the different scientific efforts that make use of such maps.
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Max Moorkamp
(Leicester), Marta Perez-Gussinye (Royal Holloway), Jenny Collier
*Contact: Max Moorkamp email@example.com
An RAS Discussion Meeting organised by D Ward-Thompson
(Central Lancs), J Hatchell (Exeter)
Contact: Derek Ward-Thompson DWard-Thompson@uclan.ac.uk
An RAS Discussion Meeting organised by Lorenzo Matteini
(Imperial College), David Burgess (Queen Mary),
Joanne Mason (University of Exeter)
*Contact: Lorenzo Matteini firstname.lastname@example.org
CHANGE TO USUAL TIME: PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 3.30 PM AND FINISH AT 5.30 PM
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Stephen Wilkins
(Sussex), Malcolm Bremer (Bristol), Bethan James (IoA, Cambridge),
Elizabeth Stanway (Warwick)
Contact: Stephen Wilkins S.Wilkins@sussex.ac.uk
Elizabeth Stanway E.R.Stanway@warwick.ac.uk
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Ian Crawford
(BirkbeckCollege London)*, Dr Martin Elvis (Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), and Dr James Carpenter (European Space Agency)
*Contact: Ian Crawford email@example.com
To-date, all human economic activity has depended on the material and energy resources of a single planet, and it has long been recognized that developments in space exploration could in principle open our closed planetary economy to external resources of energy and raw materials. Recently, there has been renewed interest in these possibilities, with several private companies established with the stated aim of exploiting extraterrestrial resources. Space science and exploration are among the potential beneficiaries of space resources because they may permit the construction and operation of scientific facilities in space that would be unaffordable if all the required material and energy resources had to be lifted out of Earth's gravity. Examples may include the next generation of large space telescopes, sample return missions to the outer Solar System, and human research stations on the Moon and Mars. This meeting will explore these issues, and will provide an opportunity for space scientists and emerging space industrialists to discuss mutually advantageous possibilities.
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Paula Chadwick
(Durham), Garret Cotter (Oxford)
Contact: Paula Chadwick firstname.lastname@example.org
Garret Cotter email@example.com
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Mykola Gordovskyy
(Manchester), James McLaughlin (Northumbria), Sarah Matthews
(MSSL/UCL), Sergei Zharkov (Hull)
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.