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Last Updated on Friday, 07 May 2010 19:29
Published on Wednesday, 23 February 2005 00:00

A wide variety of up-to-the-minute astronomical topics will be aired at the UK National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) for 2001, which this year is hosted by the University of Cambridge. A highlight of the week will be a one-day symposium on Thursday 5th April, entitled 'The Scientific Case for Human Spaceflight'. It marks the 40th anniversary of the first human space flight by Yuri Gagarin on 12 April 1961. NASA astronaut Jeff Hoffman is one of the speakers.


The National Astronomy Meeting (normally held annually) is one of the most important gathering of astronomers in the UK. It is sponsored by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) and the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC). It is expected to attract about 300 professional astronomers. The UK Solar Physics Meeting will take place in parallel with the NAM.

Media representatives are cordially invited and press room facilities will be available from 8.30 a.m. on Tuesday 3rd April through to the end of the meeting at 12.30 p.m. on Friday 6th April. Scientific sessions are in the Law Faculty Building. The press room will be the Lyttleton Room, in nearby Selwyn College. If possible, please tell Jacqueline Mitton or Peter Bond if you plan to attend in person, though advance registration is not essential. Media registration is free.

The preliminary programme and more information about the NAM can be found at

Further programme details will appear on this site as they become available.

The programme for the symposium on Thursday 5th April, 'The Scientific Case for Human Spaceflight', can be found at

More on the UK Solar Physics Meeting can be found at

A further press notice about the NAM will be issued in mid-March.


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Peter Bond
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