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NAM 2014: First media announcement

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 16:03
Published on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 16:03

Around 500 astronomers and space scientists will gather in Portsmouth from 23-26 June for the Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2014). The conference is the largest regular professional astronomy event in the UK and will see leading researchers presenting the latest work in a variety of fields.

nam2014NAM 2014 will be held in conjunction with the UK Solar Physics (UKSP), Magnetosphere Ionosphere Solar-Terrestrial physics (MIST) and UK Cosmology (UKCosmo) meetings. The conference is principally sponsored by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the University of Portsmouth.

This year sessions at the conference will cover a diverse range of topics, including astronomy in ancient history, the industrial applications of astrophysics, public engagement, the Sun, the surfaces of other planets, the evolution of stars, brown dwarfs, black holes, dark energy and the origin, evolution and fate of the universe. Complementing the scientific programme will be a ‘hack day’ where volunteer coders will be invited to create new tools for astrophysics research.

Alongside the formal meeting a suite of events will run for schools and the general public. Highlights include a Planet Walk, ‘Stargazers play-in-a-day’, the ‘Seeing the universe in all its light’ interactive exhibition of giant telescopes and the ‘Science Comedy Supernova!’ hosted by science comedian Helen Arney.

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

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend the Meeting and can register at no cost. Press room facilities will be available for the duration of the conference – from 9 a.m. on Monday 23 June to 5 p.m. on Thursday 26 June. A series of releases, issued under embargo, will cover key scientific results presented at the meeting.

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Media contacts

Robert Massey
Royal Astronomical Society
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Anita Heward
Royal Astronomical Society
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Notes for editors

The University of Portsmouth is a top-ranking university in a student-friendly waterfront city. It’s in the top 50 universities in the UK, in The Guardian University Guide League Table 2014 and is ranked in the top 400 universities in the world, in the most recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013. Research at the University of Portsmouth is varied and wide ranging, from pure science – such as the evolution of galaxies and the study of stem cells – to the most technologically applied subjects – such as computer games design. Our researchers collaborate with colleagues worldwide, and with the public, to develop new insights and make a difference to people’s lives. Follow the University of Portsmouth on Twitter.

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 organises 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 3800 members (Fellows), a third based overseas, include scientific researchers in universities, observatories and laboratories as well as historians of astronomy and others. Follow the RAS on Twitter.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is keeping the UK at the forefront of international science and tackling some of the most significant challenges facing society such as meeting our future energy needs, monitoring and understanding climate change, and global security. The Council has a broad science portfolio and works with the academic and industrial communities to share its expertise in materials science, space and ground-based astronomy technologies, laser science, microelectronics, wafer scale manufacturing, particle and nuclear physics, alternative energy production, radio communications and radar. It enables UK researchers to access leading international science facilities for example in the area of astronomy, the European Southern Observatory. Follow STFC on Twitter.