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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.

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. 




Radio Galaxies in the Local Universe
Date: 9 Dec 2016
Time: 10:15

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Ian Browne (Manchester)
Maria Marcha (UCL); Clive Tadhunter (Sheffield)

*Contact: ian.browne@manchester.ac.uk

 

Programme available at:

http://www.star.ucl.ac.uk/~mmarcha/RAS9dec016.html

 




Frozen Worlds and Landscapes of our Solar System
Date: 9 Dec 2016
Time: 10:30

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Kathryn Harriss and Mark Burchell (Kent)

*Contact: k.harriss@kent.ac.uk

 

Water ice is a dominant material within the solar system, theorised to make up 50% of the mass of material beyond the solar system frost line. This leads to ice landscapes, features and bodies being studied using a number of techniques on number of differing planetary bodies. Recent explorations have shown more ice regions and landscapes on Pluto, Ceres and comet 67-P that have ignited many fields of planetary sciences to focus on the icy bodies from landscapes and internal structures to impact studies to cyrovolcanism to degassing of asteroids and comets and the implications for astrobiology.

 

The aim of this discussion meeting to discuss the latest research into the surface of icy bodies and regions in the solar system. We invite all whose work include the investigations of ices including weathering, astrobiology, landscapes and surfaces of different planetary bodies. We welcome research from all aspects of research including computational modelling, laboratory and field work.

 

 

10:30 Kathryn Harriss University of Kent
Welcome to meeting

10:40 Carl Murray Queen Mary, University of London
Cassini Observations of Icy Objects at Saturn

11:10 Geraint Jones MSSL, University College London/Birkbeck
Surface charging of Saturn's Icy Moons

11:25 Emmal Safi Keele University

Laboratory Studies of Clathrate Hydrates with Relevance to Icy Solar System Bodies

11:40 Si-Ting Xiong MSSL, University College London

Three dimensional block reconstruction of subsurface Martian South Polar layer deposits using MARIS,SHARAD,MOLA and HRSC DTMs

11:55 Alfiah Rizky, Diana Putri MSSL, University College London

Solar Polar Cap (SPRC) Mapping and Detecting its changes

12:10 Jacqueline Campbell MSSL, University College London
Compositional Characterisation of the Mars South Polar Residual Cap using Hyperspectral data

12:25 Frances Butcher, The Open University

Eskers associated with extant glaciers in midlatitude graben on Mars: evidence for
geothermal controls upon recent basal melting of glaciers on Mars
12:40 Discussion
13:00 LUNCH
14:00 Kathryn Harriss, University of Kent

Impact investigations into multi layered targets with an ice crust
14:10 Jon Tandy London Metropolitan University
Observations of impacted, frozen Lunar and Martian regolith simulants using high-speed emission spectroscopy
14:25 Mark Burchell University of Kent
Impacts on Ice Covered Ocean Worlds
14:35 Tom Davison Imperial College London
Mesoscale modelling of the compaction of water-rich asteroids by low velocity impacts
14:50 Ben Rozitis The Open University

A water ice cap on main-belt asteroids (24) Themis
15:05 James Mortimer The Open University

D/H Fractionation during Sublimation of Water Ice at Low temperatures into a Vacuum
15:20 Discussion
15:30 Meeting End




RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 9 Dec 2016
Time: 16:00

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MEETING IS BEING HELD IN THE LECTURE THEATRE OF THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES, BURLINGTON HOUSE RATHER THAN THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, BURLINGTON HOUSE

 

Talks:


PATRICIA TOMKINS UNDERGRADUATE PRIZE
Ms Samantha Stever

Investigation of Alternative Capacitor Designs for High-Sensitivity Astronomical Applications

 

KEITH RUNCORN THESIS PRIZE
Dr Matteo Ravasi (Statoil ASA, Norway)
New advances in seismic imaging: can we get the most out of our data?

 

RAS 2016 GEORGE DARWIN LECTURE
Professor Michael Kramer ( MPIfR, Bonn/University of Manchester, Jodrell Bank Observatory)
Probing Einstein's Universe and its physics - the joy of being curious

 

 




Multi-scale dynamic auroral processes
Date: 13 Jan 2017
Time: 10:30

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Colin Forsyth and Nadine Kalmoni (UCL-MSSL); Hanna Dahlgren (Southampton/KTH); Clare Watt (Reading)

*Contact: colin.forsyth@ucl.ac.uk

 

Aurora occur on a range of time, spatial and energy scales at planets throughout the solar system and beyond. They are a key indicator of plasma-physical processes and the interconnectedness of the Sun and planets. Ionospheric auroral displays offer important insights into the full 3D dynamics of the coupled solar wind - magnetoshpere - ionosphere system.

 

Mapping dynamic auroral features at a range of temporal and spatial scales into the magnetosphere can provide insights into the locations and growth of instabilities, changes in particle populations and the shape of the magnetosphere. Given the relative ease with which observations of the aurora can be made from the ground versus directly observing the source region in space, the aurora provide a key diagnostic tool for examining processes in the magnetosphere.

 

Observations of the aurora with state of the art instrumentation have called into question some of our basic assumptions about the energisation of magnetospheric particles that lead to auroral emissions particularly in terms of the timescales involved and the spatial scales over which this occurs, whilst space telescopes continue to provide new insights into high energy auroral processes at other planets. In-situ magnetospheric measurements also continue to provide crucial information on the characteristics of the auroral particle populations and their source regions. In the future, it is hoped that new multi-platform missions will provide continuous, unimpeded views of the aurora as well as observing temporal changes in the particle and electromagnetic structures and waves that drive them.

 

In this meeting, we will bring together papers discussing aurora at a range of time, space and energy scales along with the processes that drive them to determine new commonalities and new difficulties in our understanding of these dynamic phenomena.




The ultra-low surface brightness universe.
Date: 13 Jan 2017
Time: 10:30

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *David Valls-Gabaud (Cambridge); Jonathan.Davies (Cardiff)

*Contact: david.valls-gabaud@obspm.fr




RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 13 Jan 2017
Time: 16:00

Talks tbc:




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.




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




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

Talks tbc:




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:




 

 


 

    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

 

    1. membership fees for those joining on the day.

 

    1. Coffee/registration for Specialist Discussion Meetings will commence a half-hour before the formal start time.

 

    1. 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.

 

    1. 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.

 

    1. Those wishing to make a contribution at a Specialist Discussion Meeting should contact the appropriate organizers.

 

    1. Contributions/Speakers for Monthly A&G (Ordinary) Meetings are most welcome, and should contact the Secretary or Executive Secretary.

 

    1. The Society welcomes suggestions for venues and topics for half- or one-day regional meetings; contact the Secretary or Executive Secretary.

 

  1. Detailed notes for organizers are available for reference.