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Published on Monday, 11 December 2006 00:00
The RAS promotes Astronomy and Geophysics by responding to government and other consultations, by producing policy papers and by networking with other organisations sharing similar aims. Below is a list of recent (since 2003) RAS submissions and reports (all PDFs). Date of document in brackets.

Astronomy & Geophysics Education

Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills consultation on 'A vision for Science and Society' (2008)
science and society response science and society response

House of Commons Education and Skills Committee review of Higher Education (2006)
Education and Skills Committee Review of HE_pdf.pdf Education and Skills Committee Review of HE

British Geophysical Association Report on Geophysics Education in the UK (2006)
Geophysics Education in the UK  Geophysics Education in the UK

Report on the PhD and Careers in Astronomy in the UK (2005)
careers in astronomy.pdf careers in astronomy

House of Lords Science & Technology Committee review of Science Teaching (2006)
Science Teaching - House of Lords S&T committee Science Teaching - House of Lords S&T committee

House of Commons Science & Technology Committee review of strategic science provision (2005) 
Strategic science provision in English Universities.pdf Strategic science provision in English Universities

Treasury-DTI-DfES consultation on Science and Innovation (2004)
Science & Innovation Science & Innovation


Astronomy & Geophysics Research

House of Lords S&T Committee 'Research Funding Priorities'(2009)
S&T research funding priorities.pdf S&T research funding priorities.pdf

Royal Society 'Fruits of Curiosity' Consultation(2009)
The Fruits of Curiosity.pdf The Fruits of Curiosity.pdf

STFC Corporate Strategy Consultation (2009)
STFC Strategy consultation -RAS response.pdf STFC Strategy consultation -RAS response.pdf

STFC Organisational Review (2008)
STFC Organisational Review 2008.pdf STFC Organisational Review 2008.pdf

RCUK / UUK consultation on Full Economic Costing (2008)
fEC.pdf fEC.pdf

British Geophysical Association (BGA) submission to House of Commons Select Committee on Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills case study investigation of geoengineering (2008)

BGA submission to IUSS on geoengineering.pdf BGA submission to IUSS on geoengineering.pdf (184.32 KB)

RAS submission to the Wakeham Review of the Health of Physics in the UK (2008)
RAS submission to Wakeham Review.pdf RAS submission to Wakeham Review.pdf

UKRC proposals to create a Science & Technology Facilities Council to replace PPARC and CCLRC (2006)
Future of PPARC Future of PPARC

Funding Councils' proposals to replace RAE post -2008 (2006)
Future of Research Assessment (RAE) Future of Research Assessment (RAE)

Research Excellence Framework( REF) (2008)
RESEARCH EXCELLENCE FRAMEWORK RESEARCH EXCELLENCE FRAMEWORK

CSR: RAS case to HM Treasury and DTI for funding astronomy research (2006)
The case for funding blue skies research.pdf The case for funding blue skies research

RAS-IoP-PPARC-EPSRC International Perceptions Review of UK Physics and Astronomy (2000)
international review of physics and astronomy.pdf international review of physics and astronomy 

RAS-IoP-PPARC-EPSRC International Perceptions Review of UK Physics and Astronomy (2005)
International Perceptions of UK Physics and Astronomy.pdf International Perceptions of UK Physics and Astronomy.pdf

RCUK Consultation on Peer Review( 2006)
RCUK-peer review.pdf RCUK-peer review

Role of Astronomy in Research funding of UK Physics Departments (2007)
Role of Astronomy in Research funding of UK Physics Departments.pdf Role of Astronomy in Research funding of UK Physics Departments.pdf


Science Policy

'Putting Science and Engineering at the Heart of Government Policy (supplementary submission by the RAS) (2009)
IUSS Committee Sup. Evidence - V2.pdf IUSS Committee Sup. Evidence - V2.pdf

'Putting Science and Engineering at the Heart of Government Policy' (submission by the Science Council to which the RAS contributed) ( 2009)
Putting science at heart of government.pdf Putting science at heart of government.pdf

RAS submission to Royal Society 'Fruits of Curiosity' inquiry (2009)
RAS submission to RS inquiry.pdf RAS submission to RS inquiry.pdf

BGA submission to Royal Society 'Fruits of Curiosity' inquiry (2009)
BGA submission to RS inquiry 2009.pdf BGA submission to RS inquiry 2009.pdf

Space Policy

BIS consultation on the funding and management of UK civil space activities (2009)
BIS consultation response.pdf BIS consultation response.pdf

BNSC Space Exploration Review (2009)
RAS_BNSC_consultation_response.pdf RAS_BNSC_consultation_response.pdf

BNSC Working Group on Space Exploration ( 2007)
Response to BNSC Working Group on Space Exploration.pdf Response to BNSC Working Group on Space Exploration.pdf

BNSC Consultation on Space Strategy (2007)
BNSC Consultation on UK Civil Space Strategy.pdf BNSC Consultation on UK Civil Space Strategy.pdf

House of Commons Science & Technology Committee review of UK Space Policy (2006)
UK Policy on Space UK Policy on Space 

RAS statement on Future of Planetary Sciences in the UK (2005)
 PLANETARY SCIENCES IN THE UK.pdf   PLANETARY SCIENCES IN THE UK

RAS commissioned review of the scientific case for Human Space Exploration (2005)
Scientific Case for Human Space Exploration Scientific Case for Human Space Exploration  

RAS statement on UK participation in the European 'Aurora' Space Programme (2004)
Aurora.pdf Aurora


Scientific Publications

House of Commons Science & Technology Committee review of scientific publications (2004)
Scientific Publications statement to S&T Committee.pdf Scientific Publications statement to S&T Committee

RCUK statement on Access to Research Outputs (2005)
RAS_response_to_RCUK consultation on open access and repositories RAS_response_to_RCUK consultation on open access and repositories

European Policy on Open Access publication of scientific research (2006)
EU study on scientific publications - RAS response May 06.pdf EU study on scientific publications - RAS response May 06.pdf
 

International

EU Commission consultation on the Digital Dividend: RAS response (potential impact on radio astronomy) (2009)
Digital Dividend Public Consultation.pdf Digital Dividend Public Consultation.pdf

International Telecommunications Union proposal to abolish leap seconds (2005)

RAS statement on Leap Seconds.pdf RAS statement on Leap Seconds.pdf

House of Commons Transport Committee review of UK participation in 'Galileo'(2004)
Galileo Galileo

Light Pollution

House of Commons Science & Technology Committee review of Light Pollution & Astronomy (2003)
Light Pollution Light Pollution
oral evidence oral evidence



Radio Spectrum


Letter to OFCOM re review of the EU Radio Spectrum(2006)
EU Radio Spectrum EU Radio Spectrum

Response to OFCOM re review of Ultra Wideband(2005)
 Ultra Wideband Ultra WidebandBGA submission to IUSS on geoengineering.pdf BGA submission to IUSS on geoengineering.pdf (184.32 KB)