RAS PN 09/15 (NAM2): European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (NAM 2009): 2nd media announcement
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESS INFORMATION NOTE
Date: 8th April 2009
For Immediate Release
Ref.: PN 09/15 (NAM 2)
Issued by RAS Press Officers:
Dr Robert Massey
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Mobile: +44 (0)794 124 8035
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RAS PN 09/15 (NAM 2): EUROPEAN WEEK OF ASTRONOMY AND SPACE SCIENCE (INCORPORATING THE RAS 2009 NATIONAL ASTRONOMY MEETING): 2ND MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT
From 20th to 23rd April 2009, more than 1000 astronomers and space scientists will gather at the University of Hertfordshire for the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS), incorporating the 2009 Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2009) and the European Astronomical Society Joint Meeting (JENAM 2009).
EWASS is held in conjunction with the UK Solar Physics (UKSP) and Magnetosphere Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial Physics (MIST) meetings. The conference includes scientific sessions organised by the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) and the European Space Agency (ESA).
Lord Drayson, the UK Minister of Science, will open the meeting on Monday morning and will make a short speech.
EWASS includes 11 plenary lectures and 41 parallel sessions featuring recent research on a wide range of astronomical topics, including the formation of planets around other stars, the coming generation of large telescopes, forthcoming missions in the Solar System, cosmology and gravitational waves and lenses and the current extended minimum of solar activity.
A full and up to date schedule of these and other events can be found on the official website at http://www.jenam2009.eu/
On Thursday is the prestigious RAS awards ceremony, where leading scientists will be honoured for outstanding work in their fields. This will be followed by a community forum, where issues such as future science funding are up for debate.
EWASS also has four lectures for the general public with speakers including British-born NASA astronaut Michael Foale.
Full details of the programme, and abstracts of the presentations and posters, are available on the meeting website at:
The conference is principally sponsored by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield.
Media representatives are cordially invited to attend and registration is free of charge - any bona fide media delegates can pre-register online using the form at http://www.jenam2009.eu/default.asp?langid=0&contentid=1400 (advance registration is not essential but encouraged).
Media may also register in the normal way during the meeting by presenting their credentials at the registration desk near the Weston Auditorium on the de Havilland Campus of the University of Hertfordshire.
The press room, staffed by Robert Massey and Anita Heward, will be located in the Multimedia Room in the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) on the de Havilland campus of the University of Hertfordshire. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5.45 p.m. from Monday - Thursday.
During the week before the meeting we expect to distribute by e-mail 15 – 20 embargoed press notices on topical and newsworthy presentations. They will also be available on password-protected pages of the meeting website.
Media requiring access to embargoed releases should contact Robert Massey or Anita Heward for the user name and password (see contact details above).
UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, THE CONTENT OF EACH PRESS NOTICE IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 A.M. ON THE DAY OF RELEASE. There will be releases embargoed for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Astronomy at the University of Hertfordshire: http://star.herts.ac.uk/
Dr Robert Massey
Press and Policy Officer
Royal Astronomical Society
Dr. Henri Boffin
ESO education and Public Outreach Department
85748 Garching bei Muenchen, Germany
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Science Information Manager
ESA - Communication Dept.
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Professor Elias Brinks
Secretary, European Astronomical Society
Centre for Astrophysics Research
University of Hertfordshire
Hatfield AL10 9AB
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Fax: +44 (0)1707 284 185
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 organizes 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 3000 members (Fellows), a third based overseas, include scientific researchers in universities, observatories and laboratories as well as historians of astronomy and others.
THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) ensures the UK retains its leading place on the world stage by delivering world-class science; accessing and hosting international facilities; developing innovative technologies; and increasing the socio-economic impact of its research through effective knowledge exchange. The Council has a broad science portfolio including Astronomy, Particle Astrophysics and Space Science. In the area of astronomy it funds the UK membership of international bodies such as ESO and ESA. STFC is also a partner in the British National Space Centre (BNSC).
THE EUROPEAN ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
The European Astronomical Society (EAS) was founded in 1990. The purpose of the EAS is to contribute to and promote the advancement of astronomy, in its broadest sense, in Europe, by all suitable means. In particular the Society provides an independent forum for the discussion of subjects of common interest and the means whereby action can be taken on those matters which are best handled at the European level.
THE EUROPEAN ORGANISATION FOR ASTRONOMICAL RESEARCH IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE
The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) is one of the world's leading research organisations. Created in 1962, it provides state-of-the-art research facilities to European astronomers and astrophysicists and is supported by Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA’s 18 Member States are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Canada takes part in some projects under a cooperation agreement, Hungary, Romania and Poland are ‘European Cooperating States’ and Estonia and Slovenia have recently signed agreements on cooperation with ESA.