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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.

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)


Please note the meeting is a week earlier than usual due to Good Friday bank holiday, and has earlier start and finish times.


The CubeSat has come a long way from the initial 10cm x 10cm x 10cm cube used as an educational experiment, and the initial technology demonstrator CubeSats. The aim of this meeting is to explore the potential of the CubeSat (and other small satellites) as a credible platform to support serious science investigations in the areas of astronomy, geophysics, space science and the planetary sciences. The meeting will cover a wide range of topics from lessons learned to distant dreams, from the local ionosphere, magnetosphere and space weather, through astrobiology and asteroids, out to the study of exoplanets and gamma ray bursts.


For more information about the programme (and to register so we can track on how many people plan to attend), see the Eventbrite page at


Coffee and poster setup 09:30 – 10:00 in Council Room
Chair: Ross Burgon (The Open University)


10:00 – 10:30 Roger Walker (ESA)
Science with CubeSats: an ESA perspective


10:30 – 10:45 David Cullen (Cranfield University)
BAMMSat: Towards a platform for bioscience, astrobiology, medical and materials science on CubeSats and CubeSat-like payloads


10:45 – 11:00 Hannah Lerman (University of Leicester)
The development of a highly integrated imaging payload for maritime and space weather monitoring


11:00 – 11:15 Patrick Brown (Imperial College London)
Scientific measurements with magnetometers on CubeSats


11:15 – 11:30 Matthew Angling (University of Birmingham)
Smart antennas for ionospheric sensing with PocketQubes and CubeSats


11:30 – 11:45 Ian Parry (University of Cambridge)
A big telescope in a little box


11:45 – 12:00 Isidoro Ibanez (ISIS Space, the Netherlands)
Status and lessons learned from the QB50 mission


Lunch and posters 12:00 – 13:00


Chair: Helen Walker (STFC RAL Space)

13:00 – 13:20 Rory Evans (University of Oxford)
Seeing asteroids with the CIIR CubeSat


13:20 – 13:40 Colin Snodgrass (The Open University)
CubeSat possibilities in the asteroid belt with the CASTAway mission


13:40 – 14:00 Michele Trenti (University of Cambridge)

The SkyHopper CubeSat for probing Gamma Ray Bursts and transiting exoplanets


14:00 – 14:20 Giovanna Tinetti (University College London)
TWINKLE – A mission to unravel the story of planets in our galaxy


14:20 – 14:40 Sylvestre Lacour (Observatoire de Paris, France)
PICSAT: A space mission dedicated to the transit of Beta Pictoris b


14:40 – 15:00 Discussion Moderator: Roger Walker



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)


Please note the meeting is a week earlier than usual due to Good Friday bank holiday, and has earlier start and finish times.


In the next few years, optical galaxy surveys like the DES, Euclid, and LSST, are promising to deliver cosmological measurements of unprecedented statistical precision. At the same time, the novel and very promising intensity mapping technique is going to be tested with instruments like BINGO and CHIME, as well as with the SKA and its pathfinders (MeerKAT). Combining the two methods (and CMB observations) can alleviate important problems like systematics and foreground contamination, and achieve powerful cosmological constraints. The meeting will discuss the possible synergies and describe how they can be used to investigate the causes of cosmic acceleration via dark energy and gravity tests.


RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 7 Apr 2017
Time: 15:30

Please note the meeting is a week earlier than usual due to Good Friday bank holiday, and has earlier start and finish times.




Melanie Vandenbrouck, Royal Museums Greenwich

Whatever shines should be observed’: astronomical prize medals


Professor Don Kurtz (University of Central Lancashire)

Asteroseismology: A New Keplerian Revolution


Roger Walker, ESA

The Rise of CubeSats: from educational tools to operational systems


Charles Barclay, Marlborough College and University of Oxford

The International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics

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)


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

Talks tbc:


  • 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.