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.
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Simon Thomas* and Luke Barnard (Reading), Silvia Dalla and Timo Laitinen (UCLan)
*Contact: S.R.Thomas AT pgr.reading.ac.uk
Energetic particles are found throughout the heliosphere in a number of different forms. Galactic cosmic rays (GCRs) originate from outside of the heliosphere and are constantly detected at Earth, providing information on long-term solar variability. Solar energetic particles (SEPs) are accelerated during flares and in the shock fronts driven by Coronal Mass Ejections, and are detected in intense short-term bursts. Both GCRs and SEPs are a Space Weather danger for spacecraft and humans in space. Within the magnetosphere, energetic particles are present in the radiation belts and particle precipitation is responsible for the aurora. This meeting will aim to address the passage of energetic particles through the heliosphere, and their detection at Earth, as well as the physical processes that they are subjected to en route, to get a full picture of their production and transport. The meeting aims to promote sharing of expertise by researchers studying different aspects of this problem and to emphasise the recent advances in this field.
Morning Session - Chairs: Luke Barnard & Simon Thomas
10:00 Coffee and welcome
10:30 Harm Moraal, North-West University, South Africa
11:00 Rami Vainio, University of Turku, Finland
11:30 Keri Nicoll, University of Reading
11:45 Short Break
11:55 Sarah Glauert, British Antarctic Survey
Afternoon Session - Chairs: Silvia Dalla & Timo Laitinen
14:00 Chris Owen, Mullard Space Science Laboratory
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Iain Steele*, Mike Bode, Chris Davis, Chris Copperwheat (All LJMU)
*Contact: i.a.steele AT ljmu.ac.uk
The robotic 2m Liverpool Telescope, based on the Canary Island of La Palma, is owned and operated by Liverpool John Moores University, with operational support from STFC. It has a strong track record of service to the time domain community in the UK and beyond. The next decade will see time domain science becoming an increasingly prominent part of the astronomical agenda, and the LT will continue to be at the forefront, with large programmes exploiting new transient sources discovered with facilities such as iPTF, Gaia and LOFAR. Looking further into the future, the next generation of surveys such as LSST will revolutionise the study of the time variable sky, and facilities such as CTA will probe transient phenomena at previously unexplored wavelengths. New exoplanet finders, starting with NGTS and followed by the next generation of space missions, will improve on Kepler by discovering more planets with bright host stars in order to maximise the potential of ground based follow-up. In addition, the anticipated discoveries of electromagnetic counterparts to astrophysical gravitational wave and neutrino sources will open new windows on the transient universe. There will be a pressing need for follow-up facilities for scientific exploitation, in particular spectroscopic follow-up. With that in mind, plans are underway for Liverpool Telescope 2: a new 4-metre robotic telescope to be built on La Palma, with a world-leading response time for follow-up of the most rapidly variable objects.
KEITH RUNCORN THESIS PRIZE
Continental deformation and seismic hazard across the Middle East: a satellite's view
MICHAEL PENSTON THESIS PRIZE
Observational predictions of generalized inflationary scenarios
HAROLD JEFFREYS LECTURE
The origin of the Earth and Moon
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Anthony Yeates (Durham)*, Alexander Russell (Dundee), Jonathan Eastwood (Imperial)
*Contact: anthony.yeates AT durham.ac.uk
Magnetic reconnection is a critical process in highly-conducting plasmas ranging from the Sun's atmosphere to the Earth's magnetosphere and even laboratory experiments. It is the means by which these plasmas are able to release energy previously bound up in the magnetic connectivity. Yet despite more than a half-century of progress, researchers are still struggling with the complications of real plasmas, for example: What are the influences of kinetic effects on reconnection? How do we define and measure reconnection in three-dimensions? Can we predict where reconnection will take place in a complex magnetic field and how it will proceed? The theme of this meeting is to reflect on the cutting edge techniques and observations that are currently shedding light on reconnection, and to discuss where future efforts should be directed.
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Matthew Pitkin (Glasgow)*, John Veitch (Birmingham) and Dr Ik Siong Heng (Glasgow)
The next few years promise to be exciting ones for the field of gravitational wave astronomy: ground-based gravitational wave detectors will begin taking data at unprecedented sensitivities; pulsar timing arrays are continuing to improve their timing accuracy; and several experiments are studying the cosmic microwave background polarisation in great detail. Together, these methods are probing a huge range of the gravitational wave spectrum, and detections will offer a wealth of new information on compact binaries, supermassive black holes, and general relativity in extreme environments from the early universe to black hole mergers. Exploiting the datasets provided by these cutting edge observations has spurred the development of novel data analysis methods to understand gravitational wave sources. This Royal Astronomical Society discussion meeting will bring together researchers from these diverse areas to encourage the sharing of techniques and foster further collaboration within the data analysis community.
Full Programme available at http://tinyurl.com/RAS-Towards-GW-Astronomy
2014 RAS James Dungey Lectureship: Professor Sandra C Chapman (University of Warwick): Reconnection and Turbulence: Thinking in Pictures
Ask anyone about Jim Dungey and reconnection and they are more than likely to make a sketch of magnetic field topology and dynamics. Topologies, symmetries, and dynamics are often easiest to see visually, in a series of drawings of snapshots of the magnetic field and flows. However, these sketches are more than illustrative, they are pictures that follow the rules of plasma electrodynamics and as such can be used as tools to further understanding.
The dynamical chromosphere and its role in energy transfer through the solar atmosphere: Results from IRISDate: 9 Jan 2015
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Louise Harra (MSSL/UCL)* and Alan Hood (St. Andrews)
*Contact: lkh AT mssl.ucl.ac.uk
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Nick Wright (Hertfordshire)*,
*Contact: nick.nwright AT gmail.com
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.
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 (Nice-Sophia Antipolis), Ed Nissen (Colorado School of Mines) and Barry Parsons (Oxford)*
*Contact: barry.parsons AT earth.ox.ac.uk
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.