INVITATION TO JOIN ASTRONOMERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD IN MANCHESTER, 7 - 18 AUGUST.
INVITATION TO JOIN ASTRONOMERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD IN MANCHESTER, 7 - 18 AUGUST
Top astronomers from all over the world will converge on Manchester between the 7th and the 18th of August for the 24th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union, a two-week programme covering everying astronomical from the Sun to the edge of the observable universe. There will be about 2000 participants, almost 500 talks and 600 poster presentations.
FREE REGISTRATION FOR THE MEDIA
Badges will be required for access to the meeting. If possible, please register in advance so your badge will be ready. Send Jacqueline Mitton (meeting press officer) your name, affiliation, e-mail address and phone number. The deadline for advance registration is 13th July. However, media registration will also be available at the meeting from the main registration desk (not the press room).
Please note, however, that attempting to book accommodation etc. on-line will result in the automatic charging of a registration fee to your account. IF YOU WANT TO BOOK ACCOMMODATION ETC., PLEASE CONTACT JACQUELINE MITTON WHO WILL FAX YOU THE NECESSARY FORMS FOR RETURN TO WEM. Your application will be dealt with individually to ensure that no registration fee is charged.
The main core of the meeting (9 - 16 August) is organised around 14 Joint Discussions (JD), most lasting for one day. Five longer Symposia (4 or 5 days) will also take place during the two-week period 7 - 18 August.
Full details of the programme are on the following web site:
SOME SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Symposium 201. (7th - 11th) New Cosmological Data - Age and expansion of the universe - density - "dark energy" - the cosmic background
Symposium 202. (7th - 10th) Planetary Systems in the Universe - Searching for extrasolar planets - how they form - what they are like
Symposium 205. (15th - 18th) Galaxies - includes recent results from the Chandra X-ray Observatory.
JD 4. (11th - 12th) The solar system beyond Neptune - Discoveries in the outer solar system - origin of comets - status of Pluto
JD7. (11th) The Sun and space weather - highlights of the TRACE mission - forecasting solar activity - effects on Earth's environment
JD12. (15th) Planetary exploration from space and from Earth - volcanism on Io - the surface of Titan - Mars Global Surveyor results
Invited lectures (6 p.m.)
Mon 14th "Extrasolar planetary systems" Michael Mayor (Geneva Observatory)
Tue 15th "The three-dimensional structure of our Galaxy" Michael Perryman (ESTEC)
Tue 8th Dr David Hughes "Deep Impact -Asteroids and Comets" Fri 11th Prof. Sir Martin Rees "The beginning and end of the universe" Thur 17th Prof. Jocelyn Bell-Burnell "Pulsars - Lighthouses in Space" Fri 18th Dr Jill Tarter "The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence"
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