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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.




Timing and Spectroscopy in the New Era of X-ray Astronomy
Date: 10 Feb 2017
Time: 10:30

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Poshak Gandhi (Southampton);
Nathalie Degenaar (Cambridge); Chris Done (Durham); Mike Watson (Leicester)

*Contact: p.gandhi@soton.ac.uk

 

With the successful launch of ISRO's ASTROSAT in 2015, and a few transformative results that emerged from JAXA's Hitomi (ASTRO-H) mission in 2016, a new window has been opened into high sensitivity fast timing and high X-ray spectral resolution. Together with upcoming all-sky survey missions expected very soon, X-ray astronomy is entering a new era of parameter space exploration.


Our proposed meeting aims to provide a forum for exploring the key science themes of these missions, and to identify missing areas of expertise required for best exploiting the large new parameter space. Our focus will be on identifying collaborative international efforts, and on gauging community interest in strengthening UK X-ray astronomy space strategy. There will be discussion time, invited talks and poster presentations. Participation by UK astronomers of any stage interested in X-ray astrophysics is welcome.

 

https://sites.google.com/site/ukxrayastro/




Understanding the Space environment before the space age
Date: 10 Feb 2017
Time: 10:30

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Luke Barnard, Chris Scott and Mat Owens (Reading)

*Contact: l.a.barnard@reading.ac.uk

 

Most of our knowledge about the heliospheric environment is based on the interpretation of observations recorded by spacecraft and terrestrial instrumentation operating since the advent of the space-age. However, it is well documented that extreme space weather events still occurred before the space age and at more moderate levels of solar activity (e.g. the Carrington event), but our understanding of these events is limited by the availability of observations. There is value in studying such events, as they may be more representative of the future space environment than those studied in the space age. We encourage submissions on any investigations that gain historic insight into the space environment and space weather phenomena.

 

http://lbarnard.com/ras_sdm.html

 




RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 10 Feb 2017
Time: 16:00

Talks:

 

MICHAEL PENSTON THESIS PRIZE

Matt Nichol (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)

Unmasking the power source in superluminous supernovae

 

RAS Research Fellow
Richard Parker (Liverpool John Moores University)

The Origin of the Galactic Field: where are the Suns born?

 

GROUP ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (G)
Ian McCrea (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) EISCAT

EISCAT_3D: The future of incoherent scatter radars


Martin Rees (Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge)

Prospects for SETI and the Breakthrough Listen Project




High-latitude magnetospheres: Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn
Date: 10 Mar 2017
Time: 10:30

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Licia Ray (Lancaster); Jonathan Nichols (Leicester); Sarah Badman (Lancaster)

*Contact: licia.ray@lancaster.ac.uk

 

 


Website: www.ras.org.uk


Website: www.ras.org.uk




The Golden Age of Extra-Galactic Optical Transient Surveys
Date: 10 Mar 2017
Time: 10:30

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Dr Mike Childress (Southampton);
Dr Kate Maguire (Belfast); Prof Bob Nichol (Portsmouth); *Prof Mark Sullivan (Southampton)

*Contact: M.Sullivan@soton.ac.uk




RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 10 Mar 2017
Time: 16:00

Talks tbc:




Science with cubesats
Date: 7 Apr 2017
Time: 10:00

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Helen Walker (STFC/RAL); Andrew Holland (Open); Ross Burgon (Open)

*Contact: helen.walker@stfc.ac.uk

Please note not usual second Friday of the month date due to Good Friday falling then, plus earlier start and finish times.

 




Synergies between intensity mapping and optical galaxy surveys
Date: 7 Apr 2017
Time: 10:00

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Robert Crittenden (Portsmouth);
Alkistis Pourtsidou (Portsmouth); Clive Dickinson (Manchester)

*Contact: robert.crittenden@port.ac.uk

Please not not usual 2nd Friday of month date due to Good Friday falling then, plus earlier start and finish times.

 

 

 




RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 7 Apr 2017
Time: 16:00

Talks tbc:




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)

*Contact: sarah@sarahbridle.net




UK-SEDI: The frontiers of deep Earth research
Date: 12 May 2017
Time: 10:30

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Andy Nowacki (Leeds)

Contact: A.Nowacki@leeds.ac.uk




RAS AGM
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

Talks tbc:




 

NOTES
  • 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.