RAS Bulletin, October 2017
• EWASS 2018 – 1st Announcement
• Are you an academic on an insecure contract?
• Sacred Mathematics and the Liberal Arts Festival
• Fellows signature book
• Library update
• RAS Job List
• Friends of the RAS
• Notes for Fellows
EWASS 2018 – 1st Announcement
The European Astronomical Society (EAS) and the Royal Astronomical Society are pleased to announce the joint EWASS and National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) in 2018. It will be held for the first time in Liverpool, United Kingdom from 3 to 6 April 2018.
This year, the Scientific Organizing Committee has selected a wide range of Symposia and Special Sessions that cover nearly all fields of Astronomy and Astrophysics including Planets, Astrometry, Stars & Spectroscopy, Outreach, Star Formation, Feedback Processes, Star Clusters, Galaxies & Galaxy Clusters, Solar Physics, Strong Gravity & High Energy, Gravitational Waves, Cosmology as well as Software & Big Data and Instrumentation.
The programme of EWASS 2018 is very rich, including 11 Symposia and 31 Special Sessions, in addition to numerous Plenary Talks, Prize Awards, exhibitions, etc.
You can find further information on http://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2018/program.jsp
Do not miss the chance to participate in one of the most important events of Astronomy and Space Science in Europe.
Are you an academic on an insecure contract?
A new research project is investigating the perceptions and experiences of casualised academic staff as to the effects of casualisation on the teaching and learning of undergraduate students. The study will take the form of email interviews with UK-based academics from a range of disciplines who are on fixed term, zero-hours or similar forms of insecure academic contract.
So if this applies to you and you are interested in participating or learning more about what that would involve, please email the researchers: Dr Barbara Read (University of Glasgow) [log in to unmask] and Professor Carole Leathwood (London Metropolitan University) [log in to unmask] More information is available at:
The study has received research ethics approval from the University of Glasgow. All participants and their department/university will be anonymised and confidentiality will be protected.
Sacred Mathematics and the Liberal Arts Festival
Sacred mathematics is a path to the Divine. In ancient Greece, the beginnings of mathematics as we know it, was the heart of Pythagorean teaching. As society became increasingly industrialised, the technical, quantitative aspects of mathematics were developed and extended whilst the spiritual and qualitative aspects were unfortunately, increasingly ignored.
The liberal arts also have their roots in ancient Greek times. They were formalised in the Roman Empire, as the basis of civilised education. They comprise the trivium, the three verbal arts: logic, grammar and rhetoric; and the quadrivium, the four mathematical arts: arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy.
This festival is an introduction to these approaches to deepening our reality, vitally needed to help us come through the multiple problems of our modern world.
The Saturday programme consists of talks by eminent experts in their fields to introduce some of the mind-changing ideas inherent in this theme:
John Martineau – Beauty and the Role of Aesthetics in the Liberal Arts
Sylvia Francke – The Chemical Ether: Number, Tone and Differentiation
Hartmut Warm – Cosmic Geometry in the Structure of the Planetary System
Dr Philip Kilner – The Fluent Heart
Followed in the evening 7.30-9.30 pm by sacred mathematics in music, a piano recital by the renowned pianist, Douglas Finch, with music by Bach, Chopin and others, including improvisations on themes suggested by the audience. Non-conference participants are welcome to attend.
The Sunday programme of workshops gives an opportunity to engage practically with these sacred arts through movement, voice, drawing, needlework and scientific experimentation.
For workshop requests and enquiries, please email Nicola Graves-Gregory at [log in to unmask] or ‘phone Sylvia Francke: 01372 457942. Concessionary tickets are also available at the discretion of the organisers.
In the plenary sessions we will not only invite questions and comments but also suggestions as to ways of continuing this vital work together.
Fellows signature book
Since the RAS was founded, new Fellows attending their first meeting have been invited to add their signature to a signing-in book (this is different to the signing-in book in reception). The current version of this book went missing for a few years but has recently been rediscovered. If any Fellows who joined in the last 5 years will be attending the RAS on Friday 13th October and would like to add their name, the book will be available in the Library from 3.30pm to 6pm on that day.
Many new titles have been added to the Library over the summer. All new books are displayed under the 'What's new' tab on the Library catalogue http://royast.cirqahosting.com/HeritageScripts/Hapi.dll/search1?SearchPage=srchgen.htm
We have also updated the list of duplicate books available to Fellows: http://royast.cirqahosting.com/HeritageScripts/Hapi.dll/DisplayWidgets?Widget1=LibraryNewsFull&PageName=Widget1.htm#LN0001
RAS JOB LIST
The RAS Jobs List service provides email alerts for new posts for jobseekers, together with an online archive of previous mailings. For advertisers, it provides a free, moderated distribution service. Anyone can post or subscribe to the list.
For further information visit:
FRIENDS OF THE RAS
If you know someone interested in astronomy that enjoys attending popular lectures and social events why not tell them about the 'Friends of the RAS'?
NOTES FOR FELLOWS
You can now look at minutes of RAS Council meetings: