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 Stephen Serjeant (OU), Mark Thompson (Herts) and Jonathan Prichard (Imperial
All astronomers are welcome at the RAS specialist meeting on "Building an open UK SKA Science Consortium", on Friday 13th of March 2015 at Burlington House, from 10.30 to 3.30. The aim is to foster and stimulate the formation of collaborations for future SKA science.
Unlike the 2014 meeting at the RAS, we intend this to be a science-focussed meeting: not just forward-looking to the SKA, but also including pathfinders and precursors such as LOFAR, ASKAP, MEERKAT, MWA, e-Merlin and JVLA as well as multi-wavelength synergistic science and theory.
There will be space for posters and time for 1-slide poster presentations. The organisers are particularly keen to encourage abstract submissions from outside the 'usual' radio astronomy community. Talks can be either 15 or 30 minutes long, including questions.
To submit an abstract for a talk or poster, please email your abstract to stephen.serjeant (at) open.ac.uk with the subject header RAS-SKA.
10:15 Robert Braun - Background to the Square Kilometre Array
10:30 White - Galactic plane astronomy with LOFAR
10:45 Fenech - The eMERLIN Cyg OB2 radio survey (COBRaS)
11:00 Gompertz - The radio signatures of magnetar-driven short gamma-ray bursts, and their detectability with the SKA
11:15 Viti - Complex organic molecules in galactic and extragalactic massive star forming regions
11:30 Staley - TraP, an image-plane transients detection pipeline for radio astronomy
11:45 Stappers - Searching for radio pulsars and fast transients in the SKA era
12:00 Bisi - Heliospheric physics and space weather studies with
12:15 1 min poster presentations
13:15 Conselice - SKA and Euclid synergies
13:30 Harrison - Weak gravitational lensing with the SKA
13:45 Jackson - SKA and gravitational lensing
14:00 Muxlow - The eMERGE galaxy evolution survey
14:15 McAlpine - The evolution of faint radio sources in the VIDEO XMM-LSS field
14:30 Bull - Testing fundamental cosmology with the SKA
14:45 Haehnelt - Probing reionization with lyman alpha in absorption and emission
15:00 Watkinson - High-redshift constraints on reionization and the nature of X-ray production from the moments of 21cm maps
15:15 Bray - High energy particle detection with the SKA new-generation radio telescope systems
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.
10 am Registration
Session 1: Chaired by Richard Walker
10.30 Sebastien Leprince (Caltech)
11.00 Dimitri Lague (University of Rennes)
12.30 Lunch and Posters
Session 2: Chaired by James Hollingsworth
13.30 Yann Klinger (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris)
15.30 Tea in the Geological Society
Talks will be given by:
Dr Karen Masters (Portsmouth)
Galaxy Zoo Science: Revealing the Impact of Galactic Bars
Dr Andrew Siemion (Berkeley)
Searching for extraterrestrial intelligence with the next generation of radio telescopes
Professor Pieter van Dokkum (Yale)
Ghostly Galaxies: exploring the universe with the Dragonfly Telescope
Come and join the RAS and the Baker Street Irregular Astronomers (BSIA) to view the partial solar eclipse on the 20th March 2015.
Arrive on the day before 1st contact (8.25am), watch the eclipse through an 85% 'totality' phase (max. at approx. 9.31am) and stay until 4th contact (10.40am).
There will be a range of hydrogen alpha scopes to reveal the sun's broiling atmosphere, the filaments and solar prominences; white light filters that show the sunspots on the surface of the sun and dark solar eyeglasses for visual observing. We will have some eclipse viewers to give out as well!
Everybody is welcome to join us and the event is completely free.
You are allowed to bring your own solar viewing equipment but you are more than welcome to simply use ours if you don't have any of your own.
We're holding it at Smokehouse BBQ & Grill in Regent's Park so breakfasts, refreshments and toilet facilities will be available.
The nearest tube stations are Regent's Park, Great Portland Street and Mornington Crescent. Nearby parking is available on Inner Circle and Chester Road (free until 9am).
We don't ask people to sign up or notify us of their attendance but if you want to join our email list in case of cancellation please email email@example.com
We will email our mailing list and put notices out on Twitter and Facebook beforehand that the event will go ahead if it's cloudy (in the hope of clear spells) but it will be cancelled if it's raining.
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.