RAS Bulletin, September 2018
• RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting – 12th October
• RAS Public Lecture: Adventures in Space – 16th October
• October Open House – Saturday 22nd September
• Job Advertisement: Assistant Editor – Closing date 17th September
• UK China Space Workshop – “Demystifying China”
• Wonder Match event - Leicester on 8th October or Glasgow on 12th November
• Last call for nominations: Patrick Moore and Annie Maunder Medals
• The StarDisc – 15th September
• STFC Public Engagement Spark Awards
• Friends of the RAS
• Notes for Fellows
RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting - 12th October 2018
Venus: Exploring Earth’s Sibling Planet
10:30–15:30 in the Royal Astronomical Society Lecture Theatre, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BQ
Organisers: Colin Willson (Oxford)
Richard Ghail (Imperial)
The Gaia DR2 Astronomy Revolution
10:30–15:30 in the Geological Society Lecture Theatre, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG
Organisers: Martin Barstow (Leicester)
Anne Buckner (Leeds)
Floor van Leeuwen
Nic Walton (Cambridge)
More information can be found on our website: https://ras.ac.uk/index.php/events-and-meetings/RAS-Meetings
RAS Public Lecture: Adventures in Space – 16th October 2018
Dr Suzie Imber, University of Leicester
Dr Suzie Imber is an Associate Professor of Planetary Science at the University of Leicester. She specialises in studying space weather; understanding the impact of the solar wind on the magnetised planets, in particular the Earth and Mercury. Suzie is a Co-Investigator on the X-ray spectrometer on board the joint ESA/JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft launching in October 2018 and arriving at Mercury in 2025.
She is also a high altitude mountaineer and explorer, and the winner of the BBC2 series Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes? In this talk she will discuss her journey into becoming a scientist, and the challenge of juggling her career with training as an elite athlete. In 2016 she used the University supercomputer to discover many unclimbed mountains in the Andes, and every year sets off to scale more of these peaks, sometimes even finding Incan ruins on the summits! Suzie is a co-investigator on one of the instruments heading to Mercury on board the BepiColombo spacecraft, launching in October, so she will talk a little about the instrument, the mission, and the unanswered questions surrounding Mercury’s composition, evolution and magnetic field. Finally Suzie will present some of the challenges she faced as part of the BBC Astronauts series, and where the journey has taken her since the show.
Free tickets available via Eventbrite - link live from mid-September.
***Please note that due to the popularity of our public lunchtime lectures, we have made them ticketed events. Unfortunately this action is also in part due to staff being subject to unacceptable behaviour from some members of the public unable to gain access to the lectures. The RAS will not tolerate this kind of behaviour and perpetrators will not be welcome at any future RAS events.***
The Geological Society, Burlington House,LONDON,W1J 0BG 13:00 – 14:00 (This is now a ticketed event - booking via Eventbrite)
The Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House,LONDON,W1J 0BQ 18:00 - 19:00 (booking via Eventbrite)
Open House at the RAS 2018 22nd September
Have you ever wondered what is in the RAS apartments at Burlington House? On Saturday 22nd September 2018 we will be opening our doors to the public and offering organised tours (no booking required) and children's science activities (booking required - see below).
Open House Tour (no booking required):
Organised tours are scheduled for 10:00, 10:30, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00,15:30, 16:00 and 16:30.
Each tour will be limited to a maximum of 25 people and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis on the day (we do not take bookings in advance).
RAS staff will be on hand to explain the architectural features of the building, the history of the society, and exhibit some of our fascinating artefacts. This will include some of the historically significant items in our library.
Children's Activities (booking required):
This year children's science activities will be taking place in our Lecture Theatre, and will include astronaut training and visits from astronomers past. Complete all the activities to earn your astronaut wings!
Children's science activity sessions will be running at 10:15, 11:15, 14:15 and 15:15. Places are limited to 30 children per session, and children must be accompanied by an adult (up to two adults per child).
To book a place in a children's activity session please email [log in to unmask] with names and ages of children plus the number of adults attending.
All of the learned societies based at Burlington House are participating in Open House London 2018 on Saturday 22 September, and will each provide access to areas which are not normally accessible to visitors.
Job Advertisement: Assistant Editor – Closing date 17th September
The Royal Astronomical Society is looking for an Assistant Editor to process research papers submitted for publication to its journal, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS). This is an administrative position which involves using a web-based submission and tracking system, and handling the resulting correspondence with authors, scientific editors, referees and the publisher. Good English and communication skills are essential, while a scientific background and interest in astronomy is highly desirable. Degree level education is preferred. Experience of publishing in, or working on, academic journals would be helpful but is not essential. The full job description is available on the RAS website (https://ras.ac.uk/journals/journal-news/job-advertisement-assistant-editor-mnras).
Applications, including a CV, covering letter and the names of two referees, should be addressed to Dr Kim Clube, Editorial Office Manager, Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BQ or emailed to [log in to unmask]
Key dates: Application deadline 17 September 2018. Candidates shortlisted for interview (which will be held in London on 25 September) will be informed by email no later than 19 September. The position will be available from October.
UK China Space Workshop – “Demystifying China”
Wednesday 19th September
RAL Space, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (R100), Harwell Campus, Oxon, UK
STFC RAL Space is hosting a one day workshop for UK space industry and
academia looking to build links with the Chinese space sector.
The workshop is being held for businesses and academics considering
attending the 13th UK China Conference. The conference promotes access to UK
and Chinese space markets and highlights the opportunities to cooperate in
space related activities.
Since it established in 2005, the UK China Conference, led by STFC RAL Space
and Beihang University, has brought together over 2000 space scientists,
technologists and industrialists from more than 90 organisations. This year
the conference will take place 10th-13th December in Ningbo, China. For the
first time it will be open to all from the UK space sector.
The “Demystifying China” workshop will provide an introduction to the
growing Chinese space sector, outline the opportunities for UK space organisations and shine a light on the barriers to access.
Please register to attend the workshop to access expert advice on
collaboration with China and find out more about the UK China Conference
using the Eventbrite registration link; https://uk_china_workshop.eventbrite.co.uk
More information on the UK China Conference in December can be found on the
13th UK China Space Conference website and the attached information sheet.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the RAL Space
Events team on [log in to unmask]
With kind regards
RAL Space Events Team
Wonder Match event - Leicester on 8th October or Glasgow on 12th November
Are you a scientist or engineer who has a hunger to share the wonder of your research with others? Then the Wonder Match programme could be perfect for you.
The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) is working with the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) to launch Wonder Match, a series of partnership-building events that are designed to support community organisations and scientists and engineers to explore collaborations that will support diverse audiences to engage with science and technology.
The events help community organisations and researchers meet to develop project ideas together. As part of the event participants can apply for up to £1,000 funding to enable them to further develop their partnership approach. We anticipate that partnerships formed at the event will also apply for up to £15,000 funding from the STFC Spark Award.
Join us in Leicester on 8th October or Glasgow on 12th November. Find out more and apply: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/wonder-match
Are you a scientist with a hunger to share your research? @NCCPE & @STFC_Matters are hosting a series of partnership-building events, bringing together researchers and community organisations to encourage diverse audiences to engage with science https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/wonder-match
Last call for nominations: Patrick Moore and Annie Maunder Medals
There is still time to nominate! The deadline for nominations for the Patrick Moore Medal and the Annie Maunder Medal for Outreach is 28 September 2018.
Anyone may submit a nomination for an award, it is not necessary to be a Fellow of the RAS. All nominations are made in strict confidence; nominees should not be informed of submissions in order to avoid unnecessary disappointment.
The Patrick Moore Medal is awarded for a particularly noteworthy contribution to astronomy or geophysics by school teachers e.g. by significantly improving examination results, running an active outreach programme or engaging students in extra-curricular projects.
The Annie Maunder Medal for Outreach is open to all involved in outreach or public engagement for astronomy or geophysics, as well as those whose main occupation is outreach or public engagement. It is open to nominees from anywhere in the world.
Please follow the links above for more information and to complete an nomination form. Or contact Nush Cole ([log in to unmask]) with any questions you may have
The StarDisc – 15th September
Come and wrap yourselves up in an evening of Stars and Stories to enjoy both new and traditional stories inspired by the wonders of the universe, at Wirksworth celestial amphitheatre, The StarDisc in Stoney Wood on Saturday 15 September, 7.30pm.
Created by ten young people and professional storyteller, Maria Whatton (The Lunar Men), this is a performance that will capture your imagination, entertain and inspire you, whatever age you happen to be. Alongside losing yourself in stories amongst the glorious surroundings of the StarDisc, there will also be the opportunity to have a go at stargazing for yourself both before (from 6.15pm) and after the performance with space writer, astronomer and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Nick Spall.
The Stars and Stories performance is the result of an exciting year-long participation project in a partnership between Cromford-based production company, Adverse Camber and Derbyshire Virtual School. The project has been backed by Arts Council England and endorsed by Tim Peake – the British astronaut who joined the crew of the International Space Station.
Saturday 15 September 2018, 7.30pm
The StarDisc, Stoney Wood, Wirksworth DE4 4EN
FREE, no pre-booking required
T: 01629 825108
STFC Public Engagement Spark Awards
The 2018B round for applications to the STFC Public Engagement Spark Awards call opens on Monday 10th September 2018. STFC Spark Award holders undertake high quality programmes of novel public engagement that inspire and involve target audiences with stories of STFC science and technology.
The call aims to:
· Encourage and support novel, high-quality public engagement activities that highlight
STFC’s science and technology
· Introduce STFC science and technology to new audiences
· Highlight the achievements of STFC science and technology, demonstrating the
excitement of research and the value of STEM to the UK
The 2018B round of Spark Awards is the first time that STFC will explicitly invite applications that align to STFC’s Wonder initiative, which focuses on audience-driven public engagement with under-served communities in the most socioeconomically-deprived areas of the UK.
Please see the STFC website for details of the call, eligibility and how to apply.
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