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Badge  words - for webThe RAS engages with government, funding agencies, international organisations and other policy makers through its policy activities. It works to advance the sciences of astronomy and geophysics, through the formulation of coherent and progressive science policy and governance.

We are interested in the views of all our Fellows on these topics, and periodically contact our members to solicit their input on policy issues. If you wish to contribute to this effort, please contact the Deputy Executive Director.


Demographic Survey

In the autumn of 2016 the RAS commissioned a major survey of the Demographics and Research Interests of the UK Astronomy and Geophysics communities. With 903 individual responses, and data from 87 departments, this is the largest survey of its kind, and provides a benchmark for the work of the Society, as well as tracking changes since the previous survey in 2010. The full report is now available.


Science Policy

RAS submissions to governments and funding bodies, evidence for inquiries, consultation documents, and statements of joint positions with related organisations. More


Astronomy Forum

The RAS hosts and facilitates the Astronomy Forum, an independent group which meets to represent the views of the UK professional astronomy community to government and funding agencies. More


Geophysics Forums

The RAS also hosts two independent Geophysics Forums, covering Solid Earth and External branches of geophysics, which meet to represent the views of the UK geophysics community. More


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

The RAS is committed to creating an environment where diversity is celebrated and everyone is treated fairly, regardless of gender, disability, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital status, age, or nationality.


The Society's Diversity, Equality and Inclusion policy contains information on equal opportunity and harassment and the standards that Fellows, staff and visitors to the RAS are expected to maintain.


Fellows of the RAS are also expected to adhere to the Society's Code of Conduct.