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.
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.
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Andrew J. Kavanagh (BAS)*, Ian McCrea (RAL), Mervyn Freeman (BAS)
*Contact: andkav AT bas.ac.uk
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Stephen Smartt (QUB)*, Paul O'Brien (Leicester)
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.
GROUP ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (A) WINNER
Professor Matt Griffin (Cardiff)
The Herschel-SPIRE Instrument and its Scientific Legacy
Ms Abigail Calzada-Diaz (Birkbeck)
Constraining source localities of lunar meteorites using remote sensing datasets
Dr Samaya Nissanke (Radboud University)
Black Hole Births in Real Time
Dr Allan Chapman (Oxford)
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
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.
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
Spectroscopy of Airless Bodies in wavelengths from the visible to the microwave: Orbital, Telescopic and/or Laboratory Measurements relevant to Mercury, the Moon and AsteroidsDate: 10 Apr 2015
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
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Simon Jeffery (Armagh), Don Kurtz (UCLAN), Conny Aerts (KU Leuven)
*Contact: csj AT arm.ac.uk
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Kathy Cashman (Bristol), Quentin Fisher (Leeds), Michael Kendall (Bristol)
Contact: gljmk AT bristol.ac.uk
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.
Please note that this meeting will follow the AGM (16:00 - 17:00 only open to Fellows).
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.