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The 24th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 May 2010 12:07
Published on Friday, 25 February 2005 00:00

The 24th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) will take place in Manchester, UK, between the 7th and 18th August 2000. Over 2000 astronomers from all over the world are expected. Media representative are cordially invited to attend. Registration is free for working media, press officers and public information officers. Press room facilities will be available for the main core of the meeting (afternoon of Tuesday 8th August through to the morning of Wednesday 16th August).


Badges will be required for access to the meeting. If possible, please register in advance so your badge will be ready. Send Jacqueline Mitton (meeting press officer) your name, affiliation, e-mail address and phone number. Press registration will also be available at the meeting.

Accommodation, meal packages, local tours and travel to the meeting may be booked through the company managing the administration of the meeting (WEM). You will be charged at the same rate as meeting participants. Details of what is available may be found at that meeting web site:

Please note, however, that attempting to book accommodation etc. on-line will result in the automatic charging of a registration fee to your account. IF YOU WANT TO BOOK ACCOMMODATION ETC., PLEASE CONTACT JACQUELINE MITTON ABOUT YOUR REQUIREMENTS. Your request will be dealt with individually to ensure that no registration fee is charged.

Meeting programme

The main core of the meeting (9 - 16 August) is organised around 14 Joint Discussions (JD), most lasting for one day. Five longer Symposia (4 or 5 days) will also take place during the two-week period 7 - 18 August.

Full details of the programme are on the following web site:

Summary of Joint Discussion topics

JD1 Atomic and molecular data for astrophysics (Weds 9th & Thurs 10th)
JD2 Models and constants for sub-microarcsecond astrometry (Thurs 10th)
JD3 Massive star birth (Thurs 10th)
JD4 The Transneptunian population (Fri 11th & Sat 12th)
JD5 Mixing and diffusion in stars (Fri 11th)
JD6 Applied historical astronomy (Fri 11th)
JD7 The Sun and space weather (Fri 11th & Sat 12th)
JD8 Oxygen abundances in old stars and implication to nucleosynthesis and cosmology (Mon 14th)
JD9 Cold gas and dust at high redshift (Mon 14th)
JD10 (Galaxy) Cluster mergers and their connection to radio sources (Mon 14th)
JD11 First results from the FUSE mission (Mon 14th)
JD12 Highlights of planetary exploration from space and from Earth (Tue 15th & Wed 16th)
JD13 Hipparcos and luminosity calibration of the nearest stars (Tue 15th)
JD14 The origins of galactic magnetic fields (Tue 16th)

Invited lectures (6 p.m.)
Tue 8th "An accelerating universe? Evidence from supernovae" Robert P.
Kirshner (Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
Mon 14th "Extrasolar planetary systems" Michael Mayor (Geneva Observatory)
Tue 15th "The three-dimensional structure of our Galaxy" Michael Perryman (ESTEC)


S201: (Mon 7th - Fri 11th) New cosmological data and the vales of the fundamental parameters

S202: (Mon 7th - Thur 10th) Planetary systems in the universe

S203: (Mon 7th - Fri 11th) Recent insights into the physics of the Sun and heliosphere - highlights from SOHO and other space missions

S204: (Tue 15th - Fri 18th) The extragalactic infrared background and its cosmological implications

S205: (Tue 15th - Fri 18th) Galaxies and their constituents at the highest angular resolutions

Special Session
Mon 14th - Wed 16th Astronomy for developing countries

Education Session
Fri 18th Astronomy research projects for school and university students

Public lectures (arranged locally, outside official programme), chaired by Patrick Moore. 6.30 p.m.

Tue 8th Prof. Sir Martin Rees "The beginning and end of the universe"
Fri 11th Dr David Hughes "Asteroids and Comets"
Thur 17th Prof. Jocelyn Bell-Burnell "Pulsars"
Fri 18th Dr Jill Tarter "The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence"


The above press notice is forwarded for your information.
JACQUELINE MITTON, Press Officer, Royal Astronomical Society

1st Media Announcement
Date: 22nd March 2000

Press Officer for the Assembly:
Dr Jacqueline Mitton (Royal Astronomical Society Press Officer)
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