RAS NAM 2010 – Glasgow 12-16th April

by endlesspsych

By Keir Liddle

Next week sees the University of Glasgow host the Royal Astronomy Society National Astronomy Meeting (RAS NAM)

This meeting also incorporates both UK Solar Physics (UKSP) and Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial (MIST) meetings.

2010 is the 250th anniversary of the Regius Chair of Astronomy at the University of Glasgow, first held by Alexander Wilson in 1760 and currently held by Prof John C. Brown. The university has a long history of influential physical scientists including Lord Kelvin and James Watt. Alongside the meeting three public engagement events have been planned which are free to attend. All events start at 19.30 and take place in lecture theatre 257 of the Kelvin Building, Department of Physics and Astronomy, on campus next to the main University building.

On Tuesday the 13th, astronomer Royal  John Brown & Lucie Green will explore the magic of sun and stars.

On Wednesday the 14th Chris Lintott (University of Oxford, the Sky at Night) will give a talk about Galaxy Zoo, detailing how “citizen scientists” are helping to unravel the mysteries of how galaxies formed.

On Thursday the 15th Jim Wild (Lancaster University) will tell us about the space environment, and how its weather impacts on human technology.

The RAS NAM is also taking over Glasgow Skeptics in the Pub’s April meeting with a “Science in the Pub” conference special, involving a Q&A panel session led by Fred Watson of AAO. It is planned for Monday 12th from 20.30-23.00. Fred Watson makes frequent appearances on Australian radio and TV, which, together with his books, public lectures and astronomy tourism expeditions, have resulted in several awards. Those not at the meeting who wish to attend are advised to arrive early in order to get a seat!

Details of the plenary talks can be found here and the parallel sessions here.

Details of Science events taking place all over Scotland can be found on our events listing page