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NAM 2014: Second media announcement

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 17:45
Published on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 17:38

nam2014More than 600 astronomers and space scientists will gather in Portsmouth from 23-26 June for the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting 2014 (NAM 2014). The conference is the largest regular professional astronomy event in the UK and will see leading researchers presenting the latest work in a variety of fields.

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend the meeting.

This year sessions at the conference will cover a diverse range of topics, including astronomy in ancient history, the industrial applications of astrophysics, public engagement, the Sun, the surfaces of other planets, the evolution of stars, brown dwarfs, black holes, dark energy and the origin, evolution and fate of the universe.

Complementing the scientific programme will be the official ceremony for the winners of RAS medals and awards and a 'hack day' where volunteer coders will be invited to create new tools for astrophysics research.

Alongside the formal meeting a suite of events will run for schools and the general public. Highlights include a 'Planet Walk', 'Stargazers play-in-a-day', the 'Seeing the universe in all its light' interactive exhibition of giant telescopes and the 'Science Comedy Supernova!' hosted by science comedian Helen Arney.

NAM 2014 will be held in conjunction with the UK Solar Physics (UKSP), Magnetosphere Ionosphere Solar-Terrestrial physics (MIST) and UK Cosmology (UKCosmo) meetings. The conference is principally sponsored by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the University of Portsmouth.

Meeting arrangements and a full and up to date schedule of the scientific programme can be found on the official website and Twitter feed. For free media registration please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

A press office will be available for the duration of the conference – from 9am on Monday 23 June to 5pm on Thursday 26 June. This will be located in Rooms 2.15 and 2.16 in the Park Building, University of Portsmouth, King Henry Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ.

A series of press releases, issued under embargo, will cover key scientific results presented at the meeting. These will start to become available shortly before the conference begins via a dedicated password-protected press review area of the RAS website. Details are available to bone fide journalists by emailing our Press Officer.