Welcome to the 2011 RAS National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2011), incorporating the MIST and UKSP meetings, taking place at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, North Wales, from Sunday 17 April to Thursday 21 April.
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The scientific programme, encompassing all the major areas of astronomy executed in the UK, consists of plenary lectures by invited guest speakers and parallel and poster sessions on more specialist topics. In addition, there are lunch-time meetings, public talks, exhibitions, an address by Professor Harries, Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales, a conference dinner plus the RAS Medals Ceremony
NAM 2011 will be held in the Venue Cymru conference centre on the Llandudno seafront, no more than half a mile from the town centre.
To register your attendance at the NAM click here
To see the list of registered delegates (updated weekly) click
The outline and detailed programmes can be viewed here
Information for attendees/speakers
Registration is on the ground floor of the conference centre. Posters and other exhibits, as well as lunches and coffee will be in the 'Arena' close to Registration
Wireless Internet access is available and will be provided free to all delegates.
Each session room will be equipped with a flip chart and computer connected to a projector running windows xp/sp3 or 7, able to display Powerpoint 2007 and earlier, and PDF. To avoid any possible technical hitches and to avoid delays we strongly recommend speakers to have their presentation on a memory stick and upload it on the projecting computer before the start of their session- ideally at the start of the day when technician staff will be available.There will be facilities to connect a laptop via VGA to the projector but it will be at the session organiser's discretion to let you do this.If your laptop does not have a standard VGA connector (i.e. mac's with mini/micro DVI connectors) you will have to supply the adapter yourself.
Welcome reception (1800 Sunday at Venue Cymru); 5-aside football (evening Monday) - contact Neil Mawson
. tel 0151 231 2923 for further information; Conference Dinner (including entertainment by the Maelgwyn Male Voice Choir 1930 Tuesday at Venue Cymru).
(free - no tickets required)
Monday 18 April 1800 : Iwan Williams "Y Perygl i'r Ddaear oddi wrth Gomedau ac Asteroidiau” & Rhys Morris "Sut i Ddarganfod eich Nifwl Newydd eich Hun"
Wednesday 20 April 1930: Lucie Green "Surviving storms from the Sun" -how the Sun is ‘waking up’ after one of the quietest periods on record
The town of Llandudno and the surrounding area have a wide range of accommodation, much of it within walking distance of the venue and varies from reasonably priced bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation to luxury hotels. Click here for the hotel accommodation site provided by 'Llandudno Conference Solutions' for NAM attendees. Additional accommodation information, including self-catering and holiday cottages, is available here and here .
Poster displays and exhibitions will be sited in the Arena where coffee and lunches will be served thus ensuring a significant footfall.
Registered exhibitors include:
Society for Popular Astronomy
Cambridge University Press
STFC (incorporating ESO & SK)
The maximum poster size is A1 portrait or landscape – or AO (portrait only). Posters should be attached to boards (which will be provided) by Velcro. There will be a dedicated poster viewing session from 17.35 to 18.15 on the Tuesday 19th April though all posters will be displayed throughout the week. Posters can go up from 1430 Sunday 17th and must be removed by 1230 Thursday 21st April.
Poster Prizes: Prizes of books to the value of £100, donated by Cambridge University Press, will be awarded for the best posters in each of astronomy and UKSP/MIST which have a student as first author. Students who wish to have their posters considered for a prize will be able to pick up a sign indicating this at the registration desk.
The charge for commercial exhibitors is £100 per square metre. For further information, or to reserve space, please contact the Executive Secretary
Llandudno is a seaside resort town, very close to Snowdonia National Park, and there is a wide range of attractions and activities in the area, from historic castles to hillwalking. It should be possible to add on a reasonably-priced short break before or after NAM 2011. For tourist information click here.
An indoor swimming pool is close by, while the Great Orme hosts an all-weather Ski Centre. The surrounding area offers a wide range of recreational activities while Llandudno itself is well served by restaurants, pubs and clubs. Highlights in the area include the 4000 year old Great Orme Copper Mines and the Victorian Llandudno Pier, which at 700 m length is the longest in Wales. Only slightly further afield is the Conwy Suspension Bridge, designed by Telford as one of the first road suspension bridges in the world and Conwy Castle, one of Edward the First's greatest achievements.
Llandudno station provides an easy link to the national rail network, with Llandudno Junction to the south on the main Crewe-Holyhead line. See national rail enquiries for times and ticket prices. Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham are the nearest international airports.
Map and directions
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Scientific Organising Committee Chair: Mike Edmunds
RAS Organising Committee Chair: David Elliott
Media Relations: Robert Massey