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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. 




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

 

The birth centenary of Fred Hoyle was on 24th June 2015.  This specialist discussion on the history of astronomy will examine Fred's impact on all aspects of astrophysics and cosmology.  Hoyle is noted primarily for the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis and his controversial stances on other cosmological and scientific matters - in particular his rejection of the "Big Bang" theory.  The emphasis will be a retrospective of Hoyle's professional career in advancing astronomy, and his lasting contributions to astronomy.  Hoyle's many honours include the RAS Gold Medal (1968), the Bruce Medal (1970), the Royal Medal (1974) and the Crafoord Prize (1997).  He served as President of the Society 1971-73.

 


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

This meeting gathers together many of
those researching the nature of the atmospheres and meteorology of the other
planets of the solar system. The 'weather' in space between the planets due to
the sun's plasma emissions is also dealt with. Another speaker looks further
afield at what the atmospheres of planets orbiting distant stars (Exoplanets)
might be like. The emphasis is on how the measurements are made, directly from
Earth, from orbit around the planets and by landers on their surfaces. What the
measurements tell us about the very varied meteorology of the planets and their
moons is then discussed. This meeting summarises the current views and findings
of a rapidly developing new science driven by complex technology.

 




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

 

All astronomers are welcome at the RAS specialist meeting on "Magnetic Fields on Galactic Extra-galactic Scales", on Friday 13th of November 2015 at Burlington
House, from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.


Magnetic fields are ubiquitous in astrophysics; however, the empirical constraints
on their morphology, magnitude and even existence on the largest astronomical
scales have historically been hampered by the limitations of available
instrumentation. This meeting will summarise and discuss the state-of-the-art
science cases and methodologies being developed and implemented for the next
generation of radio telescopes, which are expected to address many of the open
questions surrounding the evolution and origin of large-scale magnetic fields.

 

Contributed talks are invited. Talks can be either 15 or 30 minutes long.

To submit an abstract for a talk or poster, please email your abstract to anna.scaife (at) manchester.ac.uk with the subject header RAS-MAG.




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: 10:00

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

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

 

In recent years a number of satellites and telescopes have become

operational that provide near continuous, high-resolution and high- 

cadence observations of the Sun. This has resulted in a wealth of data

that cannot be analysed by hand alone. To make full use of the         

information it is essential that automated techniques are developed to    

aid identification and tracking of the various phenomenon of interest.     

This meeting will bring together those interested in the use and  

development of automated routines for astrophysical data analysis, 

with focus on the analysis of dynamics in solar atmospheric datasets.  

It will enable a discussion on currently available techniques and routines  

and those under development. Additionally the meeting aims to highlight          

the future directions required to aid the analysis of large data sets.


Website: www.ras.org.uk

 




Multiwavelength Surveys for Extragalactic Astrophysics
Date: 8 Jan 2016
Time: 10:00

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: 15:30

CHANGE TO USUAL TIME: PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 3.30 PM AND FINISH AT 3.3O PM

 

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: 10:00

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: 10:00

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


Website: www.ras.org.uk




RAS Ordinary Meeting
Date: 11 Mar 2016
Time: 15:30

CHANGE TO USUAL TIME: PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 3.30 PM AND FINISH AT 5.30 PM

 

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




 

 


 

  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.