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.
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.
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Poshak Gandhi (Southampton);
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.
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Luke Barnard, Chris Scott and Mat Owens (Reading)
Most of our knowledge about the heliospheric environment is based on the interpretation of observations recorded by spacecraft and terrestrial instrumentation operating since the advent of the space-age. However, it is well documented that extreme space weather events still occurred before the space age and at more moderate levels of solar activity (e.g. the Carrington event), but our understanding of these events is limited by the availability of observations. There is value in studying such events, as they may be more representative of the future space environment than those studied in the space age. We encourage submissions on any investigations that gain historic insight into the space environment and space weather phenomena.
MICHAEL PENSTON THESIS PRIZE
Matt Nichol (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
Unmasking the power source in superluminous supernovae
RAS Research Fellow
The Origin of the Galactic Field: where are the Suns born?
GROUP ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (G)
EISCAT_3D: The future of incoherent scatter radars
Prospects for SETI and the Breakthrough Listen Project
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Licia Ray (Lancaster); Jonathan Nichols (Leicester); Sarah Badman (Lancaster)
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Dr Mike Childress (Southampton);
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Helen Walker (STFC/RAL); Andrew Holland (Open); Ross Burgon (Open)
Please note not usual second Friday of the month date due to Good Friday falling then, plus earlier start and finish times.
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Robert Crittenden (Portsmouth);
Please not not usual 2nd Friday of month date due to Good Friday falling then, plus earlier start and finish times.
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Sarah Bridle (Manchester); Bob Mann (Edinburgh)
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Andy Nowacki (Leeds)
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.