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UK-Germany joint National Astronomy Meeting 2012: 2nd media announcement

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:09
Published on Friday, 09 March 2012 14:49

From 27 to 30 March 2012, more than 900 astronomers and space scientists will gather at the University of Manchester for the National Astronomy Meeting 2012 (NAM 2012), one of Europe's largest professional astronomy conferences. This year NAM 2012 is a joint meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Astronomische Gesellschaft (AG), the German Astronomical Society.

NAM 2012 will be held in conjunction with the UK Solar Physics (UKSP) and Magnetosphere Ionosphere Solar-Terrestrial physics (MIST) meetings.

The conference will see scientists presenting new research on topics including the rise in solar activity and its effect on space weather; the formation and evolution of planetary systems and the prospects for life elsewhere in the universe, astroparticle physics, cosmology, the emerging science of gravitational wave astronomy, scientific results from space missions and observatories, and education and public outreach. Public events including two keynote evening lectures will run alongside the formal sessions.

  • Meeting arrangements and a full and up to date schedule of the scientific programme can be found on the official website at
  • Media representatives are cordially invited to attend the Meeting and advance registration is encouraged but not essential. For free registration please contact Robert Massey or Anita Heward (details below).
  • The press office, room 3.214 in the University Place conference centre will be available for the duration of the conference – from 9 a.m. on Tuesday 27 March to 4 p.m. on Friday 30 March.

The conference is principally sponsored by the RAS, the AG, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the University of Manchester.





Access to press releases



We expect to issue around 20 embargoed press releases relating to scientific results presented at the conference.

As well as being distributed via the usual channels these will be available to the media in advance from a password-protected web page, details of which are available from Robert Massey.





Further information



NAM 2012:
AG: (English language version)
The University of Manchester:





Media contacts



Dr Robert Massey (for free media registration)
Royal Astronomical Society
Tel: +44 (0)20 7734 3307 / 4582 x214
Mob: +44 (0)794 124 8035
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Ms Anita Heward
Royal Astronomical Society
Mob: +44 (0)7756 034 243
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Dr Klaus Jaeger
Pressereferent / Press Officer im Vorstand der Astronomischen Gesellschaft
Tel: +49 6221 528 379
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Dan Cochlin
Media Officer (Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences)
University of Manchester
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 8387
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Notes for editors




The Royal Astronomical Society

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS:, founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. The RAS organises scientific meetings, publishes international research and review journals, recognizes outstanding achievements by the award of medals and prizes, maintains an extensive library, supports education through grants and outreach activities and represents UK astronomy nationally and internationally. Its more than 3500 members (Fellows), a third based overseas, include scientific researchers in universities, observatories and laboratories as well as historians of astronomy and others.

The Astronomische Gesellschaft (AG)

The Astronomische Gesellschaft (AG:, founded in 1863, is a modern astronomical society with more than 800 members dedicated to the advancement of astronomy and astrophysics and the networking between astronomers. It represents German astronomers, organises scientific meetings, publishes journals, offers grants, recognises outstanding work through awards and places a high priority on the support of talented young scientists, public outreach and astronomy education in schools.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC: is keeping the UK at the forefront of international science and tackling some of the most significant challenges facing society such as meeting our future energy needs, monitoring and understanding climate change, and global security. The Council has a broad science portfolio and works with the academic and industrial communities to share its expertise in materials science, space and ground-based astronomy technologies, laser science, microelectronics, wafer scale manufacturing, particle and nuclear physics, alternative energy production, radio communications and radar. It enables UK researchers to access leading international science facilities for example in the area of astronomy, the European Southern Observatory.

Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics

The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA: is part of the School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Manchester. JBCA is split over two main sites: the Alan Turing Building in Manchester and the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire. At Jodrell Bank Observatory, the new Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is a key focus for our work in public engagement and education. Jodrell Bank is a world leader in radio astronomy-related research and technology development with a research programme extending across much of modern astrophysics. The group operates the e-MERLIN national radio astronomy facility and the iconic Lovell Telescope, hosts the UK ALMA Regional Centre Node and is home to the international office of the SKA Organisation. Funded by the University, the Science & Technology Facilities Council and the European Commission, it is one of the UK's largest astrophysics research groups.