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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. 




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.

 

See the NAM 2015 website at http://nam2015.org for details of the scientific programme, registration and accomodation options.




UK Space Conference 2015
Date: 14 Jul 2015
Time: 07:30

UK SPACE CONFERENCE 2015:
Space-enabled Futures

 

Held every two years, the UK Space Conference is the unmissable gathering for the entire UK space community; bringing together the space industry, users of space-based services, entrepreneurs, academia and government.

 

SPACE-ENABLED FUTURES is the theme for this flagship conference in 2015, which will focus on the impact satellite services and innovation, research and exploration in space is having on the wider economy, society and education.

 

A content rich programme has been shaped offering important insights for businesses. This is reinforced by dedicated sessions for research, technology, space environments and biomedicine, promoting cutting-edge innovations and capabilities. In addition, an outreach programme and the ESERO-UK teacher conference will also take place.

 

The format is designed to enable the space industry, researchers, entrepreneurs, satellite service users and government to come together to discuss Space-enabled Futures; and there are enhanced opportunities for networking and discussion.

 

The aim of the UK Space Conference 2015 is to be inclusive and forward looking:

To bring together people and groups from all parts of the space community.To exchange visions and ideas for using space, its technology and satellite enabled-services to shape our future.To discuss how new knowledge and space-based capabilities can drive social and economic progress into the 2030s and beyond.

 

Five plenary and 23 parallel sessions will provide opportunities:

For informative presentations, workshops and debate.Spanning topics ranging from the challenges of working in space to securing the take-up of satellite services in global markets.

 

Full programme available here: http://www.ukspace2015.co.uk/programme


Website: http://www.ukspace2015.co.uk/programme




UK Space Conference 2015
Date: 15 Jul 2015
Time: 08:00

UK SPACE CONFERENCE 2015:
Space-enabled Futures

 

Held every two years, the UK Space Conference is the unmissable gathering for the entire UK space community; bringing together the space industry, users of space-based services, entrepreneurs, academia and government.

 

SPACE-ENABLED FUTURES is the theme for this flagship conference in 2015, which will focus on the impact satellite services and innovation, research and exploration in space is having on the wider economy, society and education.

 

A content rich programme has been shaped offering important insights for businesses. This is reinforced by dedicated sessions for research, technology, space environments and biomedicine, promoting cutting-edge innovations and capabilities. In addition, an outreach programme and the ESERO-UK teacher conference will also take place.

 

The format is designed to enable the space industry, researchers, entrepreneurs, satellite service users and government to come together to discuss Space-enabled Futures; and there are enhanced opportunities for networking and discussion.

 

The aim of the UK Space Conference 2015 is to be inclusive and forward looking:

To bring together people and groups from all parts of the space community.To exchange visions and ideas for using space, its technology and satellite enabled-services to shape our future.To discuss how new knowledge and space-based capabilities can drive social and economic progress into the 2030s and beyond.

 

Five plenary and 23 parallel sessions will provide opportunities:

For informative presentations, workshops and debate.Spanning topics ranging from the challenges of working in space to securing the take-up of satellite services in global markets.

 

Full programme available here: http://www.ukspace2015.co.uk/programme




Fred Hoyle Birth Centennial – his remarkable career and the impact of his science
Date: 9 Oct 2015
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Simon Mitton*,

Professor John Barrow, Professor Andrew Fabian FRS (Cambridge)

*Contact: Simon Mitton sam11@cam.ac.uk


Website: www.ras.org.uk




Weather on Other Planets: Measurement and Interpretation
Date: 9 Oct 2015
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Ian Strangeways (RMetS),

Colin Wilson (Oxford), Giovanna Tinetti (UCL)

Contact: Dr. Ian Strangeways ian.strangeways@ntlworld.com

 

 




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

Talks tba




RAS Public Lecture: Colliding Galaxies
Date: 10 Nov 2015
Time: 13:00

Colliding Galaxies

Dr Megan Argo (Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics)

(Geological Society Lecture Theatre)

 

Have you ever wondered what happens when galaxies collide? Join us for a multi-wavelength tour of the universe as we look at what a galaxy actually is and what they are made of, take a bird's-eye view of our own Milky Way galaxy, before looking at what happens when gravity becomes

irresistible, and ending with a view of our own (very!) distant future.

 

Megan Argo is an astrophysicist currently based at the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics where she studies galaxies in the nearby universe. After completing a PhD at Jodrell Bank Observatory in 2006, she has worked as a researcher in the UK, Australia and the Netherlands, and been lucky enough to observe with some of the best radio telescopes around the world, in Europe, India, the USA and Australia. Her passion for sharing the wonders of the universe with children of all ages has taken her from northern Scotland to outback Western Australia, via rural India and cosmopolitan South Africa.

 

She is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a member of the International Astronomical Union and the Institute of Physics, an honorary member of Macclesfield Astronomical Society, on the Council of the Society for Popular Astronomy, and the Press Officer for the International Meteor Organisation.

 

(No booking is required for this daytime lecture, however, please note that the lecture is repeated in the evening in the Royal Astronomical Society Lecture Theatre at 6 pm and booking is required.)




RAS Public Lecture: Colliding Galaxies
Date: 10 Nov 2015
Time: 18:00

Colliding Galaxies

Dr Megan Argo (Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics)

(RAS Lecture Theatre)

 

Have you ever wondered what happens when galaxies collide? Join us for a multi-wavelength tour of the universe as we look at what a galaxy actually is and what they are made of, take a bird's-eye view of our own Milky Way galaxy, before looking at what happens when gravity becomes irresistible, and ending with a view of our own (very!) distant future.

 

Megan Argo is an astrophysicist currently based at the University of Manchester's Joderell Bank Centre for Astrophysics where she studies galaxies in the nearby universe.  After completing a PhD at Jodrell Bank University in 2006, she has worked as a researcher in the UK, Australia and the Netherlands, and been lucky enough to observe with some of the best radio telescopes around the world, in Europe, India, the USA and Australia.  Her passion for sharing the wonders of the universe with children of all ages has taken her from northern Scotland to outback Western Australia, via rural India and cosmopolitan South Africa. 

 

She is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a member of the International Astronomical Union and the Institute of Physics, an honorary member of Macclesfield Astronomical Society, on the Council of the Society for Popular Astronomy, and the Press Officer for the International Meteor Organisation.

 

Booking is required for the evening lecture. We will be taking bookings from 31st September, please email events@ras.org.uk to reserve a place after that date.


Website: www.ras.org.uk


Website: www.ras.org.uk


Website: www.ras.org.uk




Current and future research with the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network
Date: 13 Nov 2015
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Mark Lester (Leicester),

Mervyn Freeman (NERC BAS), Jim Wild (Lancaster)

*Contact: Mark Lester mle@leicester.ac.uk


Website: www.ras.org.uk




Magnetic Fields on Galactic and Extra-Galactic Scales.
Date: 13 Nov 2015
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Anna Scaife

(Manchester), Patrick Leahy (Manchester), Andrew Fletcher (Newcastle)

*Contact: Anna Scaife anna.scaife@manchester.ac.uk




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

Talks tba




A critical assessment of cluster cosmology
Date: 11 Dec 2015
Time: 10:30

An RAS Discussion Meeting organised by *A. K. Romer (Sussex),

C. A. Collins (LJMU), I. G. McCarthy (LJMU)

*Contact: A. K. Romer romer@sussex.ac.uk




Cosmic dust in space and on the Earth: Interplanetary, interstellar and man-made
Date: 11 Dec 2015
Time: 10:30

An RAS Discussion Meeting organised by *Penny Wozniakiewicz (Kent/NHM), Mark Price (Kent), Matt Genge (Imperial), Mark Burchell (Kent),

*Contact: Penny Wozniakiewicz P.J.Wozniakiewicz@kent.ac.uk

 


Website: www.ras.org.uk




RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 11 Dec 2015
Time: 16:00

Talks tba




Modern data analysis in solar physics: progress in the automated analysis of solar features and their dynamics
Date: 8 Jan 2016
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Richard Morton
(Northumbria), Erwin Verwichte (Sheffield)

*Contact: Richard Morton richard.morton@northumbria.ac.uk




Multiwavelength Surveys for Extragalactic Astrophysics
Date: 8 Jan 2016
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Karen Masters

(Portsmouth), Haley Gomez (Cardiff)

Contact: Karen Masters karen.masters@port.ac.uk,

Haley Gomez GomezH@cardiff.ac.uk

 




RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 8 Jan 2016
Time: 16:00

Talks tba




Cosmology with Maps
Date: 12 Feb 2016
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Rafal Szepietowski
(Manchester), Sandrine Pires (CEA Saclay, France)

*Contact: Rafal Szepietowski rafal.szepietowski@manchester.ac.uk




Joint inversion of geophysical datasets for enhanced imaging of the Earth (NAG 2-day meeting)
Date: 12 Feb 2016
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Max Moorkamp

(Leicester), Marta Perez-Gussinye (Royal Holloway), Jenny Collier

(Imperial)

*Contact: Max Moorkamp mm489@leicester.ac.uk




RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 12 Feb 2016
Time: 16:00

Talks tba




Star formation studies with the JCMT in the new era
Date: 11 Mar 2016
Time: 10:30

An RAS Discussion Meeting organised by D Ward-Thompson

(Central Lancs), J Hatchell (Exeter)

Contact: Derek Ward-Thompson DWard-Thompson@uclan.ac.uk




Turbulence in solar, space and astrophysical plasmas
Date: 11 Mar 2016
Time: 10:30

An RAS Discussion Meeting organised by Lorenzo Matteini

(Imperial College), David Burgess (Queen Mary),

Joanne Mason (University of Exeter)

*Contact: Lorenzo Matteini l.matteini@imperial.ac.uk




RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 11 Mar 2016
Time: 16:00

Talks tba




High-redshift galaxies and their low-redshift analogues
Date: 8 Apr 2016
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Stephen Wilkins

(Sussex), Malcolm Bremer (Bristol), Bethan James (IoA, Cambridge),

Elizabeth Stanway (Warwick)

Contact: Stephen Wilkins S.Wilkins@sussex.ac.uk

Elizabeth Stanway E.R.Stanway@warwick.ac.uk




The use of extraterrestrial resources to help facilitate space science and exploration
Date: 8 Apr 2016
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Ian Crawford

(Birkbeck)

Contact: Ian Crawford i.crawford@ucl.ac.uk




RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 8 Apr 2016
Time: 16:00

Talks tba




Astrophysics and Astroparticle Physics in the CTA Era
Date: 13 May 2016
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Paula Chadwick

(Durham), Garret Cotter (Oxford)

Contact: Paula Chadwick p.m.chadwick@durham.ac.uk

Garret Cotter garret.cotter@physics.ox.ac.uk




Solar Flares: new insights from the lower atmosphere
Date: 13 May 2016
Time: 10:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Mykola Gordovskyy

(Manchester), James McLaughlin (Northumbria), Sarah Matthews

(MSSL/UCL), Sergei Zharkov (Hull)

Contact: Mykola.Gordovskyy@manchester.ac.uk




2016 AGM
Date: 13 May 2016
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: 13 May 2016
Time: 17:00

Talks tba




Previous Events

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.

 

See the NAM 2015 website at http://nam2015.org for details of the scientific programme, registration and accomodation options.




 

 


 

  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.