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RAS National Astronomy Meeting 2011 (NAM 2011): 1st media announcement

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 10:11
Published on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 10:08

From 17 to 21 April 2011, around 500 astronomers and space scientists are expected to gather at the Venue Cymru conference centre in the seaside town of Llandudno, Wales, for the National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2011), the UK’s largest professional astronomy conference.

NAM 2011 is held in conjunction with the UK Solar Physics (UKSP) and Magnetosphere Ionosphere Solar-Terrestrial physics (MIST) meetings.

The conference will see scientists presenting new research on topics including the rise in solar activity and its effect on space weather; the formation and evolution of planetary systems and the prospects for life elsewhere in the universe, astroparticle physics, cosmology, space and industry, and education and public outreach. Public events including a keynote evening lecture will run alongside the formal sessions.

Meeting arrangements and a full and up to date schedule of the scientific programme can be found on the official website at

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend the Meeting. For free registration please contact Robert Massey (details below). Press room facilities will be available for the duration of the conference – from 9 a.m. on Monday 18 April to 12 noon on Thursday 21 April.

The conference is principally sponsored by the RAS and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

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NAM 2011:
Venue Cymru:

Media contacts:

Dr Robert Massey (for free media registration)
Royal Astronomical Society
Tel: +44 (0)20 7734 3307 / 4582 x214
Mob: +44 (0)794 124 8035
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Jo Brett

Venue Cymru
Tel: +44 (0)1492 879771
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Notes for editors

The Royal Astronomical Society

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS:, founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. The RAS organizes scientific meetings, publishes international research and review journals, recognizes outstanding achievements by the award of medals and prizes, maintains an extensive library, supports education through grants and outreach activities and represents UK astronomy nationally and internationally. Its more than 3500 members (Fellows), a third based overseas, include scientific researchers in universities, observatories and laboratories as well as historians of astronomy and others.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC: ensures the UK retains its leading place on the world stage by delivering world-class science; accessing and hosting international facilities; developing innovative technologies; and increasing the socio-economic impact of its research through effective knowledge exchange. The Council has a broad science portfolio including Astronomy, Particle Astrophysics and Space Science. In the area of astronomy it funds the UK membership of international bodies such as the European Southern Observatory.

Venue Cymru

Venue Cymru ( is a purpose built conference centre and theatre with modern facilities for up to 2000 delegates. Located on the Llandudno promenade with stunning sea and mountain views; Venue Cymru comprises a stunning location, outstanding quality and exceptional value: the perfect conference package.