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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. 




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

 

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/mssl/solar/ras-chromosphere/

 

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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

 

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

*Contact: nick.nwright AT gmail.com

 

With the advent or recent large-scale radial velocity surveys and the recent launch of ESA's astrometric Gaia satellite, studies of the kinematics of young stars have become increasingly prominent over the last few years. They are the key to our understanding of both the star formation process and the formation and early evolution of star clusters, allowing us to test the results of hydrodynamic simulations of the star formation process and N-body models of the dynamical evolution of star clusters. This specialist discussion meeting will focus on recent observations and models of the kinematics of young stars and star clusters, and will also discuss the upcoming wealth of kinematic data expected from the Gaia mission and how the community can best prepare for it.

 

10.00     Coffee

10.30     Opening remarks - Nick Wright

 

Session 1: The kinematics of the star formation process (Chair: Rowan Smith)

 

10.35     The dynamics of cluster formation - Paul Clark (invited talk)

11.10     Gas kinematics in massive and dense molecular clouds - Jonathan Henshaw

11.30     Star formation in molecular clouds extracted from galactic simulations: The effect of stellar feedback - Ramon Rey-Raposo

 

Session 2: The kinematics of star clusters and young stars (Chair: Richard Parker)

 

11.50     Clusters or Associations: how do most stars form? - Simon Goodwin (invited talk)

12.25     Kinematics of protostellar groups and clusters from numerical simulations - Matthew Bate

12.45     The Formation of High Mass Stars - Nate Bastian

 

13.05     Lunch

 

14.05     Kinematic observations of young clusters - Estelle Moraux (invited talk)

14.40     Looking for kinematic substructures in open clusters: The case of NGC 2264 - Emilio Alfaro Navarro

15.00     Discussion (Chair: Nick Wright)

15.30     Tea

 




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

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British Geophysical Association "New Advances in Geophysics"
Date: 5 Feb 2015
Time: 10:00

British Geophysical Association "New Advances in Geophysics" 2-day meeting

 

Day1 (Thursday 5th Feb): 09.15 (registration) and conference starts at 10.00; lunch from 12.20 – 13.20; End time: 19.00 (poster session & wine reception from 17:00 – 19:00)

 

Day2 (Friday 6th Feb): Start: 09.00; lunch from 13:00 – 14:00; End time: 16:00

Will also included BGA's AGM at lunchtime on Friday, 6th Feb.

 

More details to follow.




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

 

Astronomical surveys seem poised to enter a new era when non-photonic messengers such as gravitational waves, high energy cosmic rays and neutrinos will be detected. We propose a cross-disciplinary meeting to bring together researchers working across these fields to ensure the fledgling collaborations that are springing up are given chance to blossom and to continue UK leadership. This meeting builds on a successful Royal Society meeting in 2012.

https://star.pst.qub.ac.uk/wiki/public/ras2015_surveying_the_transient_universe

 




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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Tectonics from Above: Recent Advances in the Use 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 (Arup), Ed Nissen (Colorado School of Mines) and Barry Parsons (Oxford)*

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

Topography is one of the most important geophysical observations that can be made at the Earth's surface, but often one that is taken for granted. Recent advances in topographic measurements have significantly improved the spatial resolutions now available to earth scientists; from the 90 m resolution SRTM global DEM widely used now, through the 12 m resolution WorldDEM about to be completed (using data recorded by the TanDEM-X radar mission), to the 1 m DEMs that may be obtained through LiDAR and space/aerial stereo-photogrammetric measurements. Future use of drone technology offers the potential of even higher resolution DEMs from both LiDAR and multi-stereo optical images.

Combining the new high-resolution topography with high-resolution imagery allows the Earth's surface to be explored in a virtual environment. For example, subtle geomorphic features preserved in the landscape can enable us to determine the slip that occurred in recent and past earthquakes. In addition, three-dimensional analysis of high-resolution topographic and optical imagery can significantly enhance the impact and efficiency of geological field measurements; geological dating of geomorphic features is essential in quantifying how faults evolve through time. Furthermore, comparison of pre- and post-earthquake datasets now allows the retrieval of the full 3D deformation field produced by earthquakes (including post-seismic deformation occurring after the earthquake).

The aims of the meeting are two-fold. First, to expose to a wider audience the new data sets (e.g. Tandem-X, LiDAR, Pleiades imagery), and the new methods for generating and analysing these data sets (e.g. photogrammetric DEM extraction, point cloud manipulation), that are currently available for measuring continental topography and surface displacements. Second, to provide a forum for the discussion of new tectonic applications of high-resolution topography and imagery.




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).




National Astronomy Meeting 2015
Date: 5 Jul 2015
Time: 00:00

The National Astronomy Meeting 2015 will be held in Venue Cmyru, Llandudno, North Wales on the 5th to 9th July 2015 . Please hold the dates in your diary, www.venuecymru.co.uk

The opening reception will be held on the Sunday evening and the scientific programme will run from Monday to Thursday.
The Scientific and Local Organising Committees are being established and will provide information on the scientific programme, registration and accommodation options in the near future.




 

 


 

  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.