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The United Kingdom will welcome the world's top astronomers next week, when it hosts the International Astronomical Union's General Assembly. This is the first time in 30 years that the conference has been held in the UK, and will bring about 2000 astronomers, from 87 countries, to the University of Manchester for two weeks.
The assembly will feature almost 500 talks, on subjects as diverse as searching for planets outside our solar system, the effects of the Sun's activity on Earth's environment, space exploration and the structure and creation of the Universe.

The Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, Sir Robert May, will officially open the General Assembly on Wednesday, 9 August, although the assembly as a whole runs from the 7th to the 18th of August. The General Assembly is held only once every three years, and was last held in the UK (in Brighton) in 1970.


Registration is free for working media, press officers and public information officers. Badges will be required for access to the meeting and press room. Go first to the registration desk in the Whitworth Hall of the University of Manchester (Oxford Road). The desk is open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (except Sunday 13th August). Badges will be ready for those have pre-registered. On-site registration is available to those who have not.

The press room will be located in Crawford House, Seminar Rooms D & E (ground floor). It will be open daily between 9 a.m and 6 p.m. from Monday 7th August to Friday 11th August, and on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th August. The press room will close in the afternoon of Wednesday 16th August. Outside press room hours, for media enquiries use Jacqueline Mitton's mobile phone number: 07770 386133.

Press room telephone numbers:

+44 (0)161 275 7832
+44 (0)161 275 9458
+44 (0)161 275 9499

More details are available at the following web sites:

Meeting programme

Abstracts of papers

Administrative arrangements etc.


7 - 18 August 2000

3rd Media Announcement
From Jacqueline Mitton (Meeting Press Officer)
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Phone contact 7 - 16 August
[Meeting Press Room]
+44 (0)161 275 7832
+44 (0)161 275 9458
+44 (0)161 275 9499

Mobile phone 07770 386133

Date issued: 3 August 2000