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INVITATION TO JOIN ASTRONOMERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD IN MANCHESTER, 7 - 18 AUGUST.

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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
Registration is free for working media, press officers and public information officers. Press room facilities will be available for the main core of the meeting (Tuesday 8th August through to Wednesday 16th August).

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).

ACCOMMODATION ETC.
Accommodation, meal packages, local tours and travel to the meeting may be booked through the company managing the administration of the meeting (WEM) but, please note, the DEADLINE IS 14TH JULY. (After that date you will have to make your own arrangements.) You will be charged at the same rate as meeting participants. Details of what is available may be found at the meeting web site:

http://www.iau-ga2000.org

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.

ABSTRACTS
Abstracts of all talks and poster papers are now available on the web at the Local Organizing Committee's web site, at:

http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/~abstract/abstracts/

MEETING PROGRAMME

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:

http://www.iau.org/ga24.html

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.)
Tue 8th "An accelerating universe? Evidence from supernovae" Robert P. Kirshner (Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

Mon 14th "Extrasolar planetary systems" Michael Mayor (Geneva Observatory)

Tue 15th "The three-dimensional structure of our Galaxy" Michael Perryman (ESTEC)

PUBLIC LECTURES
Chaired by Patrick Moore. 7.00 p.m. (at UMIST)

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"

 

The following press notice is forwarded for your information.
JACQUELINE MITTON, Press Officer, Royal Astronomical Society


2nd Media Announcement
Date: 6th July 2000

Press Officer for the Assembly:
Dr Jacqueline Mitton (Royal Astronomical Society Press Officer)
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