RAS Bulletin, October 2017
• Specialist Discussion Meeting - 13th October
• RAS Public Lecture: Photographing the Universe - 10th October
• EWASS 2018 – 1st Announcement
• Are you an academic on an insecure contract?
• Fellows signature book
• Library update
• RAS Job List
• Friends of the RAS
• Notes for Fellows
RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting
Science of Primitive Asteroid Sample Return Missions
10:30–15:30 in the Royal Astronomical Society Lecture Theatre, Burlington House, Piccadilly,
London W1J 0BQ
Organisers: Kerri Donaldson Hanna (Oxford)
Neil Bowles (Oxford)
Ian Franchi (OU)
Ben Rozitis (OU)
Ashley King (NHM)
Sara Russell (NHM)
New frontiers in galaxy evolution modelling: the view from cosmological hydro-dynamical simulations
10:30–15:30 in the Geological Society Lecture Theatre, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG
Organisers: Sugata Kaviraj (Hertfordshire)
Sadegh Khochfar (Edinburgh)
Julien Devriendt (Oxford)
Richard Bower (Durham)
Debora Sijacki (Cambridge)
More information can be found on our website: http://www.ras.org.uk/events-and-meetings
RAS Public Lecture: Photographing the Universe – Tue 10 October
Technology and astronomy have always gone hand in hand, with advances in astronomical instrumentation revealing ever more astonishing views of the cosmos, while new scientific ideas and theories drive the development of ever more powerful tools for testing them. The revolutionary impact of the telescope on astronomy is a familiar story, but few people know how much photography and astronomy have influenced each other over the last two hundred years. From early drawings to the latest high-resolution digital images and from pin-hole cameras to the latest electronic detectors, this talk explores astronomy's long association with photography taking in science, technology, art and history on the way.
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
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.
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: