RAS Bulletin, February 2018
• Specialist Discussion Meeting – 9th February
• Call for suggestions for RAS Specialist Discussion Meetings 2018-19 (Deadline 1 March 2018).FELLOWS ONLY.
• EWASS 2018: deadline for 'early bird' registration is 6 February!
• European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) 2018: request for results for the media.
• RAS Public Lecture: Einstein's Relativity: Tested to the Limit with Pulsars - 20th February
• RAS Library Closure – March 14th
• RAS Job List
• Friends of the RAS
• Notes for Fellows
RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting - 9th February
From the Outer to the Inner Solar System: The Origin and Evolution of Comets
10:30–15:30 in the Royal Astronomical Society Lecture Theatre, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BQ
Organisers: Alan Fitzsimons (QUB)
Stephen Lowry (Kent)
Colin Snodgrass (Open University)
The Epoch of Reionisation: UK community update
10:30–15:30 in the Geological Society Lecture Theatre, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG
Organisers: Emma Chapman (Imperial)
Suman Majumdar (UCL)
Catherine Watkinson (Imperial)
More information can be found on our website: http://www.ras.org.uk/events-and-meetings
Call for suggestions for RAS Specialist Discussion Meetings 2018-19 (Deadline 1 March 2018). FELLOWS ONLY.
The RAS invites suggestions from Fellows of the RAS who wish to propose (and therefore organise) Specialist Discussion meetings for the academic year beginning October 2018. Meetings are held monthly from October to May, on the second Friday of the month.
To help with assessment, proposals should include the following information:
- Title of meeting and organiser(s), at least one of whom should be an RAS Fellow
- The topics to be covered in the meeting
- Rationale for the meeting, including timeliness,
- Suggestions for invited speakers
- Preferred date for meeting, if any
Proposals should not exceed one A4 page in length.
For information, detailed guidance for meeting organisers may be found at:
Proposals for Astronomy SD meetings (including Exoplanets) should be sent to Mandy Bailey ([log in to unmask]) and proposals for Geophysics SD meetings (including Solar, Solar Terrestrial and Planetary Physics) should be sent to Mark Lester ([log in to unmask]). The deadline for receipt of proposals is 1st March 2018.
EWASS 2018: deadline for 'early bird' registration is 6 February!
The European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS 2018) will take place in Liverpool from 3 to 6 April. EWASS 2018 is a joint meeting of the European Astronomical Society and the RAS, hosted by Liverpool John Moore University. It is set to be one of the largest astronomy and space conferences in the UK for many years, and registration so far has been brisk. You can see full details of the meeting at http://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2018/
If you plan to attend EWASS 2018, please note that the deadline for lower cost 'early bird' registration is Tuesday 6 February, after which the cost will rise.
We look forward to seeing you in Liverpool!
European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) 2018: request for results for the media
The RAS, the European Astronomical Society and Liverpool John Moores University are joint organisers of the EWASS 2018 conference, which will take place from 3-6 April in Liverpool. The RAS will be running the press office for the meeting, which is shaping up to be the biggest astronomy conference in the UK for many years. We would like to take full advantage of the excitement around EWASS 2018 to promote the science presented there to the media and the wider public.
To give us time to prepare for this, if you expect to present at EWASS 2018, and have results or an announcement that would be of wider interest, can you get in touch with Robert Massey ([log in to unmask]) and Morgan Hollis ([log in to unmask])?
RAS Public Lecture: Einstein's Relativity: Tested to the Limit with Pulsars – 20th February
Dr Rene Breton, Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at The University of Manchester
Einstein's Theory of General Relativity was published in 1915. In over a century it has not failed a single time despite hundreds of tests and experiments. One of the most extreme environments in which to benchmark Relativity and possible alternative theories of gravity is around pulsars (after black holes, the densest objects in the Universe). In this talk, I will discuss the formidable achievements of the last 50 years in using pulsars to test Einstein's theory and describe some of the strange behaviours of space and time when submitted to extreme gravity. I will also highlight future prospects of detecting gravitational waves with pulsars.
The Geological Society, Burlington House,LONDON,W1J 0BG 13:00 – 14:00
The Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House,LONDON,W1J 0BQ 18:00 - 19:00 (booking required via www.eventbrite.co.uk)
RAS Library Closure – March 14th
The Library will be in use for a school visit on the morning of 14th March for a primary school visit.
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.
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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
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