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Election results 2015: new President and Council

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 10:26
Published on Friday, 08 May 2015 15:54

The results of the 2015 RAS elections were announced at the Annual General Meeting of the society on 8 May. The following Fellows were elected to serve on Council, the governing body of the society:Gold Award G John ZarneckiProf. John Zarnecki, elected as the next President of the RAS. Click to enlarge.

 

President

Prof. John Zarnecki
John Zarnecki is Emeritus Professor of Space Science at The Open University. His research interests are in the field of planetary science, particularly in-situ measurements by space probes and landers. He has previously served as an RAS Councillor (1995-98) and Vice-President (2009-11), and was awarded the Gold Medal of the RAS in 2014.

Prof. Zarnecki will serve for one year as President Elect before succeeding the current President, Prof. Martin Barstow, in May 2016.

 

Vice-Presidents

Prof. Don KurtzProf. Don Kurtz, new Vice-President of the RAS. Click to enlarge.Prof. Donald Kurtz (A)
Don Kurtz is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Central Lancashire. His research interests are in the field of stellar astrophysics, particularly as probed via asteroseismology. He previously served as an RAS Councillor (2012-14).

Prof. Christine PeirceProf. Christine Peirce, new Vice-President of the RAS. Click to enlarge.Prof. Christine Peirce (G)
Christine Peirce is Professor of Marine Geophysics at the University of Durham. Her studies are in tectonic processes in marine environments, including mid-ocean ridges, continental margins and seabed instrumentation.

The vice-presidents will serve terms of two years each.

 

Councillors

Dr Joanna Barstow (A)
Joanna Barstow is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. Her research is in the the field of extrasolar planets.

Prof. Michael Bode (A)
Mike Bode is Professor of Astrophysics at Liverpool John Moores University. He works on time-domain astrophysics and robotic observing.

Dr Caitriona Jackman (G)
Caitriona Jackman is a Lecturer at the University of Southampton. She studies solar system science, particularly planetary magnetospheres.

Prof. Sara Russell (G)
Sara Russell is Head of Mineral and Planetary Sciences at the Natural History Museum. Her research is in the fields of meteoriites, cosmochemistry and lunar science.

Dr Stephen Serjeant (A)
Stephen Serjeant is Reader in Cosmology at The Open University. He works primarily on infrared and submillimetre surveys as probes of distant galaxies.

The councillors will serve terms of three years each, except for Dr Russell who will serve for two years only.

Notes

(A) denotes the fields of astronomy (including cosmology, astrobiology, astrochemistry, astroparticle physics, computational astrophysics etc.)

(G) denotes the fields of geophysics (including geophysical fluid dynamics, planetary sciences, solar-terrestrial physics etc.)

The candidates who took part in the election have provided more pdfdetails and policy statements on how they intend to serve the RAS.