UK NATIONAL ASTRONOMY MEETING 2001
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 May 2010 20:45
Published on Wednesday, 23 February 2005 00:00
Between Tuesday 3rd and Friday 6th April about 300 professional astronomers will gather in Cambridge for the National Astronomy Meeting (NAM), one of the most important astronomy meetings held regularly in the UK which is hosted this year by the University of Cambridge. The UK Solar Physics Meeting will also take place in Cambridge in parallel with the NAM.
Media representatives are cordially invited and press room facilities will be available from 8.30 a.m. on Tuesday 3rd April through to 12.30 p.m. on Friday 6th April. Scientific sessions are in the Law Faculty Building and the Lady Mitchell Hall on the University's Sidgwick Site.
To pre-register, contact Peter Bond but advance registration is not essential. The main registration desk for the meeting will be in the Law
Faculty foyer. Media registration is free. Directions to the press room will be posted from the registration area.
PRESS ROOM & CONTACT NUMBERS
The press room will be the Lyttleton Room, in nearby Selwyn College. The phone numbers are:
(0)1223 313724 (0)1223 313754 (0)1223 315553
Press officers' mobile phones will be:
07770 386133 (Jacqueline Mitton) and 07711 213486 (Peter Bond).
The programme and more information about the NAM (including location maps) can be found at
Abstracts are expected to be available on this web site from 23rd March.
More on the UK Solar Physics Meeting can be found at
THE CASE FOR HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT
A highlight of the week will be a one-day symposium on Thursday 5th April, entitled 'The Scientific Case for Human Spaceflight'. It marks the 40th anniversary of the first human space flight by Yuri Gagarin on 12 April 1961. NASA astronaut Jeff Hoffman is one of the speakers. The full programme for the symposium can be found at
TACKLING THE ASTEROID HAZARD
Dr Duncan Steel, author of the recent Time-Life book 'Target Earth' will give a public lecture with the title 'The Spaceguard Project: Tackling the
Impact Hazard' on Thursday 5 April at 8.15 p.m. in the Lady Mitchell Hall.
FROM EARTH TO THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE
Topics to be covered in the science sessions include: extra-solar planets, galaxies, black holes, X-rays from the universe, cosmology, star formation, meteorites, first results from Cassini at Jupiter, astronomy from the International Space Station, sunspots, future space missions and new observatories. See the web site for details.
VISIT THE MULLARD RADIO ASTRONOMY OBSERVATORY
There will be an opportunity to visit the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory at Lord's Bridge, just outside Cambridge, between 2.00 and 4.00 p.m. on the afternoon of Friday 6 April.
RAS Press Officers Peter Bond
Phone: +44 (0)1483 268672
Fax: +44 (0)1483 274047
Dr Jacqueline Mitton
Phone: +44 ((0)1223) 564914
Fax: +44 ((0) 1223) 572892