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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. 




Celebrating Ten Years of Cassini-Huygens in the Saturnian System
Date: 10 Oct 2014
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Chris Arridge (UCL)*, Emma Bunce (Leicester), Leigh Fletcher (Oxford), Adam Masters (JAXA, Japan/ Imperial College), Carl Murray (QMUL), John Zarnecki (OU)

*Contact: c.arridge AT ucl.ac.uk  

 

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Understanding Galaxies from their Spectral Energy Distribution: Models to Observations
Date: 10 Oct 2014
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Médéric Boquien (Cambridge)*, Vivienne Wild (St Andrews)

*Contact: mboquien@ast.cam.ac.uk

 

10:30 Introduction
10:35 High mass stars modelling (Claus Leitherer)
11:05 Low mass stars modelling (Claudia Maraston)
11:35 Dust modelling (Karl Gordon)
12:05 AGN modelling (Jacopo Fritz)
12:35 15-second presentations

13:00-14:00: Lunch break

14:00 Radiation transfer SED modelling (Cristina Popescu)
14:15 Energy balance SED modelling (Mederic Boquien)
14:30 Attenuation curves in galaxies (Jacopo Chevallard)
14:45 Model requirements for next-generation instruments (Daniela Calzetti)
15:15 Further discussion and conclusion of the meeting

 

Tea and coffee will be available from 10:00 and again after the meeting at 15:30.




RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 10 Oct 2014
Time: 16:00

Talks:

 

FOWLER AWARD (G): Dr Alex Copley (Cambridge) "Exploring the controls on earthquakes and tectonics: from the plains of India to the greatest mountain range on Earth"

 

Professor Andreas Burkert (Munich): "Watching a small gas cloud on its way into the central super-massive black hole of the Milky Way"

 

2014 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS: Professor David Southwood (Imperial): "The way we live now: space science and politics"




Energetic particles in the heliosphere and their influence on space weather and space climate
Date: 14 Nov 2014
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Simon Thomas* and Luke Barnard (Reading), Silvia Dalla and Timo Laitinen (UCLan)

*Contact: S.R.Thomas AT pgr.reading.ac.uk

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The future of time-domain astronomy with the Liverpool Telescope and Liverpool Telescope 2
Date: 14 Nov 2014
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Iain Steele*, Mike Bode, Chris Davis, Chris Copperwheat (All LJMU)

*Contact: i.a.steele AT ljmu.ac.uk

 

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RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 14 Nov 2014
Time: 16:00

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Magnetic reconnection: where now and where next?
Date: 12 Dec 2014
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Anthony Yeates (Durham)*, Alexander Russell (Dundee), Jonathan Eastwood (Imperial)

*Contact: anthony.yeates AT durham.ac.uk

 

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Towards gravitational wave astronomy: data analysis techniques and challenges
Date: 12 Dec 2014
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Matthew Pitkin (Glasgow)*, John Veitch (Birmingham) and Dr Ik Siong Heng (Glasgow)
*Contact matthew.pitkin AT glasgow.ac.uk 

 

Full Programme available at http://tinyurl.com/RAS-Towards-GW-Astronomy

 

 




RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 12 Dec 2014
Time: 16:00

Programme:

 

2014 RAS James Dungey Lectureship: Professor Sandra C Chapman (University of Warwick): Reconnection and Turbulence: Thinking in Pictures

 

Ask anyone about Jim Dungey and reconnection and they are more than likely to make a sketch of magnetic field topology and dynamics. Topologies, symmetries, and dynamics are often easiest to see visually, in a series of drawings of snapshots of the magnetic field and flows. However, these sketches are more than illustrative, they are pictures that follow the rules of plasma electrodynamics and as such can be used as tools to further understanding.


Both reconnection and turbulence are ubiquitous in astrophysical fields and flows. They are key mechanisms for plasma heating and particle acceleration from the energy contained in large scale plasma flows and magnetic fields. A topical question is how turbulence and reconnection are related. Does turbulence enhance reconnection? Does reconnection modify the turbulence? What are the implications for plasma heating? These processes can be observed in-situ at first hand in our solar system using satellite-borne instrumentation. We now have a rich collection of such observations and in particular, multi-point and high time resolution observations are revealing new insights into reconnection and turbulence. Alongside this, it is now becoming feasible to perform numerical simulations that capture the full non-linear physics self-consistently down to kinetic scales, in three dimensions. Testing theory and simulations with data requires us to be quantitative, under the somewhat difficult circumstances of an observed natural system. The robust, reproducible features of turbulence are statistical. Tools developed to quantify the spatial texture of fractal patterns are used to quantify the statistical similarity of fluctuations in turbulent flows.
This talk will explore the intimate relationship between topology and physics in turbulence and reconnection, and what we can learn by thinking in pictures.




The dynamical chromosphere and its role in energy transfer through the solar atmosphere: Results from IRIS
Date: 9 Jan 2015
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Louise Harra (MSSL/UCL)* and Alan Hood (St. Andrews)

*Contact: lkh AT mssl.ucl.ac.uk

 

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The kinematics of star formation: Theory and observation in the Gaia era
Date: 9 Jan 2015
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Nick Wright (Hertfordshire)*,
Richard Parker (LJMU), Rowan Smith ( Manchester / Heidelberg)

*Contact: nick.nwright AT gmail.com

 

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RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 9 Jan 2015
Time: 16:00

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Meeting the challenges in Upper Atmospheric Science
Date: 13 Feb 2015
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Andrew J. Kavanagh (BAS)*, Ian McCrea (RAL), Mervyn Freeman (BAS)

*Contact: andkav AT bas.ac.uk

 

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Surveying the transient Universe : from electromagnetic to gravitational waves
Date: 13 Feb 2015
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Stephen Smartt (QUB)*, Paul O'Brien (Leicester)

*Contact: s.smartt@qub.ac.uk

 

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

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

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Paul Alexander (Cambridge)*, Rob Fender, Fillipe Abdalla, Matt Jarvis, Keith Grainge, Ben Stappers, Jonathan Pritchard, Aris Karastergiou, Melvin Hoare, Robert Nichol, Steve Eales, Philip Best

*Contact: pa AT mrao.cam.ac.uk

 

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Geology from Space: Tectonic Applications 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 (Nice-Sophia Antipolis), Ed Nissen (Colorado School of Mines) and Barry Parsons (Oxford)*

*Contact: barry.parsons AT earth.ox.ac.uk

 

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

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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 astro.ox.ac.uk

 

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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 atm.ox.ac.uk

 

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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 arm.ac.uk

 

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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 bristol.ac.uk

 

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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).

 

 


 

  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.