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 Discussion Meeting organised by D Ward-Thompson
(Central Lancs), J Hatchell (Exeter)
Contact: Derek Ward-Thompson DWard-Thompson@uclan.ac.uk
**Note change of time** (Coffee available from 9.30)
In January 2015 the JCMT changed ownership after almost 30 years of operations, although the UK still has a stake in the running of the telescope. Furthermore, the first generation of JCMT Legacy Surveys were completed in 2015. Three of the six surveys involved studies of star formation and the ISM. The new era marked the start of a new generation of surveys and a host of follow-up observations to the original surveys. So, as we move from the first generation of JCMT Legacy Surveys to the new era of JCMT Large Programmes, it is an appropriate time to take stock of what was learned from the first generation surveys and what is planned in the new era of large programme surveys. This meeting includes discussion of the results from the main surveys on star formation that have been completed (as well as their follow-up observations) and the plans for the new surveys (with some initial results).
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 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 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
It is now possible to observationally identify and characterise galaxies within the first billion years of the Universe, over a wide range of luminosities and environments, via deep near-IR imaging and ALMA's ground-breaking sub-mm observations. In the next decade, as we enter the era of LOFAR, SKA, JWST, and 30-40m class telescopes, direct observations are will continue to be extended in both look-back time sensitivity. In order to interpret and benchmark these breakthrough studies, we continue to advance our knowledge of nearby, low-redshift analogues to primordial galaxies, where we can conduct detailed explorations of star-formation in chemically pristine and extreme environments. In this meeting we will showcase our current understanding of galaxies in the high-redshift Universe, and discuss analogue systems and their potential in providing insight into early galaxy formation.
Invited talks: Rebecca Bowler (Oxford), Richard Ellis (UCL/ESO), James Geach (Hertfordshire), Bethan James (IoA/Kavli, Cambridge), Renske Smit (Durham)
**Abstract submission now open until March 18th**
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.