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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. 




Open House 2016
Date: 17 Sep 2016
Time: 10:30

Have you ever wondered what is in the RAS apartments at Burlington House? On Saturday 17 September 2016 we will be opening our doors to the public so they can look around this magnificent building.

 

All of the learned societies based at Burlington House are participating in Open House London 2016, and will each provide access to areas which are not normally accessible to visitors.

 

RAS staff will be on hand to explain the architectural features of the building, the history of the society, and exhibit some of our fascinating artefacts. This will include some of the historically significant items in our library.

 

Further information to follow.




Flux emergence and its consequences in the solar atmosphere
Date: 14 Oct 2016
Time: 10:00

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organisd by *David MacTaggart (Glasgow)
Chris Prior (Durham); Karen Meyer (Abertay)

Contact*david.mactaggart@glasgow.ac.uk


Solar ?ux emergence is concerned with how magnetic ?eld rises through the layers of the Sun and then expands into the atmosphere. Flux emergence links the study of the solar interior to the atmosphere. Models and observations of emerged magnetic ?eld can give detailed information on eruptive phenomena such as coronal mass ejections (CMEs). At the same time, they can also indicate the form of the pre-emerged ?eld in the solar interior, with implications for dynamo models.

 

The study of ?ux emergence has blossomed over the past decade due to two main factors. On the theoretical side, high performance computing has allowed modellers to investigate highly nonlinear regimes that contain many of the most interesting phenomena. This, in turn, has driven the need for new theoretical techniques of analysis as models become more and more complex. On the observational side, a ?otilla of satellites, including Hinode and SDO, has o?ered unprecedented access to emerging ?ux on a vast range of scales. Of course, these two strands do not exist in isolation and dialogue is vital if both are to develop.

 

This session will review the latest theoretical and observational advances in solar flux emergence and discuss future opportunities.

 




Industrial revolution in Galactic astronomy
Date: 14 Oct 2016
Time: 10:30

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Maurizio Salaris (Liverpool)
Andrea Miglio (Birmigham)

*Contact: Maurizio Salaris M.Salaris@ljmu.ac.uk

 

Extensive high-precision surveys to obtain accurate chemical, kinematic and age information about stellar populations in the Milky Way, are a major investment of
the astronomical community over the coming decade, and are on the verge of delivering long sought stellar properties for field and cluster stars. All of this on an industrial scale, ranging from several tens of thousands to a billion of stars.

 

The UK community is already playing a major role in the development of this synergy. This is the right time to gather together and discuss the potential systematic uncertainties plaguing such investigations, and establish a roadmap for the most effective exploitation of the large flow of data that will soon be available to the astronomical community.




Crustal Differentiation on Mars: A new View of the Red Planet Forty Years after Viking
Date: 11 Nov 2016
Time: 10:30

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting, organsed by *John Bridges (Leicester)
Susanne Schwenzer (Open University)

*Contact: j.bridges@le.ac.uk




Fine-Tuning on the Cosmological and the Quantum Scales
Date: 11 Nov 2016
Time: 10:30

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Roger Davies; Joseph Silk; *Khalil Chamcham; Davis Sloan; Rafael Batista; Leanne O'Donnell

*Contact: khalil.chamcham@physics.ox.ac.uk




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




Radio Galaxies in the Local Universe
Date: 9 Dec 2016
Time: 10:30

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

*Contact: ian.browne@manchester.ac.uk




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




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




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




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




High-latitude magnetospheres: Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn
Date: 10 Mar 2017
Time: 10:30

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Licia Ray (UCL-MSSL); Jonathan Nichols (Leicester); Sarah Badman (Lancaster)

*Contact: licia.ray@ucl.ac.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




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.

 

 

 




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




 

 


 

    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.