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PN 07/03 (NAM01): NATIONAL ASTRONOMY MEETING 2007 - 1ST MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 April 2010 19:20
Published on Friday, 02 March 2007 00:00
Nearly 500 astronomers are expected to gather for this year's RAS National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2007) from 16-20 April.

ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESS NOTICE
Date: February 2007    Ref. PN:07/03 (NAM1)
Issued by:
Dr Robert Massey
RAS Press Officer

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RAS NATIONAL ASTRONOMY MEETING 2007
16-20 April 2007
University of Central Lancashire, Preston
1ST MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT

Nearly 500 astronomers and space scientists will gather for the  Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting 2007 (NAM 2007), this year held in conjunction with the UK Solar Physics (UKSP) and Magnetosphere Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial (MIST) meetings. NAM 2007 will be hosted by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston and run from Monday 16 April to Friday 20 April 2007.

NAM 2007 sessions will feature new research on a wide range of astronomical topics, including a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the synthesis of the chemical elements in the Universe, the exploration of Saturn, the Sun and the asteroid belt with the Cassini, Stereo and Hinode spacecraft, and the galactic archaeological techniques helping scientists understand the origin of our Milky Way Galaxy.

For the general public, an astronomy ‘question time’ will be hosted by BBC science correspondent Christine McGourty with panel members including Chris Lintott (BBC Sky at Night / University of Oxford), Jocelyn Bell-Burnell (Visiting Professor, University of Oxford) and Don Kurtz (Professor of Astrophysics, UCLan). The audience will be able to ask the panellists questions about the burning issues of modern astronomy – from how the Universe began to the possibility of life on Mars.

Later in the week, Hungarian astrophysicist and composer Zoltan Kollath will give a public lecture, performing pieces inspired by the vibrations of stars. Dr. Kollath regularly takes his music to venues around Europe and this is his first UK appearance.

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend and press room facilities will be available for the duration of the conference – from 1 p.m. on Monday 16 April through to 3 pm on Friday 20 April. The campus is covered by a wifi network and a radio studio is available for use throughout the meeting. Media registration is free. Any bona fide media delegates can pre-register online or by e-mailing Robert Massey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Advance registration is not essential but encouraged).

Further information will be circulated a few weeks before the meeting, including press notices on presentations that may be of special interest (subject to embargo).

A full and up to date schedule of NAM scientific sessions and events can be found on the official website at www.nam2007.uclan.ac.uk

The conference is jointly sponsored by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

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