The latest meeting info will be available on this site or by following us on twitter @nam2010, see below..

Registration desk opening hours [9-Apr-2010]

The registration desk in Hunter Halls will be open:

  • Monday: 10.00 - 18.00
  • Tuesday-Thursday: 08.30 - 17.30
  • Friday: 08.30 - 14.00

Abstract Book now online [30-Mar-2010]

It can be found here: Abstract Book [PDF, 2.1MB].

Full program and abstracts for parallel sessions now online [29-Mar-2010]

The full program and abstract for the parallel sessions is now online.

Updated info for delegates now online [24-Mar-2010]

Now online there is more detailed information for delegates attending NAM2010, information about where to go when you arrive etc and instructions for authors and session chairs.

Online registration is now CLOSED [24-Mar-2010]

Online registration is now closed. We have 533 registered delegates and over 400 abstracts.

Earlybird/Abstract submission is now CLOSED [4-Mar-2010]

Early bird rates & abstract submission are now CLOSED. Online full rate registration is available till 12:00GMT Wed 24 March. more info...

Extended Earlybird/Abstract submission deadline [3-Mar-2010]

Due to exceptional demand and some earlier IT issues the early bird & abstract submission deadline is now 14:00 GMT Thu 4th March 2010 more info...

Overview timetable of meeting now online [1-Mar-2010]

A colourful overview grid of the whole meeting is now available here. A pdf version is also available.

Extended room booking at some hotels [1-Mar-2010]

NAM2010 hotel room reservations (and special rates) extended until Friday 5th March at the following hotels: Lorne, Sandyford, Heritage, Pond and Argyll Hotels.

The rooms and rates at the other hotels are no longer guaranteed more info...

Professor Carlos Frenk to give Darwin Lecture [10-Feb-2010]

Professor Carlos Frenk, will give the Darwin Lecture at NAM, during the RAS Session on the afternoon of Thursday 15th April. His topic will be 'The standard model of cosmogony: what next?'

2nd Announcement [9-Feb-2010]

Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting
12th – 16th April 2010, Glasgow

Second Announcement

Registration and abstract submission is now open for the 2010 RAS NAM, which will take place on the main Gilmorehill campus of the University of Glasgow, 12th – 16th April 2010.

Earlybird Deadline (reduced registration fee):16:00 GMT Wed 3rd March
Abstract Submission Deadline:16:00 GMT Wed 3rd March
Bank Transfer Payment for Earlybird/Abstract Submission:16:00 GMT Mon 1st March
Hotel rooms held until:Saturday 27th February

The NAM2010 web page at lists:

  • full details of the scientific and social programme
  • instructions for registration and abstract submission
  • travel and accommodation information.

Scientific programme:

The conference will begin at 1pm on Monday 12th April, and will end at 12.30pm on Friday 16th April. There will be a schools’ event on the afternoon of Friday 16th April, which delegates are also welcome to attend.

The scientific programme consists of 14 plenary talks, and 35 parallel sessions. The full list of sessions can be found here:

Registration and abstract submission:

The registration/abstract submission page is at

Delegates are invited first to register and pay for their registration (and conference dinner if required) before submitting their abstract.

Payment can be by: debit card (no fee) or credit card (1.75% fee) through Glasgow University’s secure online payment system, or by bank transfer (BACS). There are separate fees for students and non-students, and a 10% reduction for RAS members. You may pay for the whole week or for individual days.

Upon successful registration and payment, you may submit your abstract.

NOTE because of the expected high number of delegates (based on previous RAS NAMs), and space/time restrictions, we can at present unfortunately accept only ONE first author/presenting author abstract per registered delegate.

Social events:

You can sign up for social events at registration. The main social event of the meeting, the conference dinner and ceilidh will take place on Wednesday 14th April, in the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, home to the Fulton Orrery (1832).

On the evening of Monday 12th April there will be a Civic welcome reception hosted by the City of Glasgow, in the Glasgow City Chambers on George Square, in Glasgow’s City Centre.

The NAM 5-a-side cup football tournament will take place on Tuesday 13th April in the nearby Kelvin Hall Sports Arena.

The programme of public events will include three evening talks, and a schools' event on Friday 16th April. There will be a display on Alexander Wilson, and the chance for delegates to view related materials from the University Library’s Special Collection.


There are many small hotels and B+Bs close to the University campus, and cheaper hostel options (Eurohostel/YHA). Our web page lists hotels which have agreed to hold rooms for our delegates, until Saturday 27th February. Delegates are required to arrange their own accommodation, and early booking is advised!


The conference venue is linked by bus and subway to the city centre and to the two main train stations in Glasgow: Central (West Coast Main line), and Queen Street (Edinburgh and the East Coast Main line).

Transport links from the city centre to Glasgow Airport and Prestwick Airport are fast and frequent.


Enquiries about any aspect of the conference can be directed to us at or by telephone to Rachael McLauchlan (Conf. Secretary) at 0141 330 4152

It would be useful if you could help us direct your email enquiry by including in your subject one of the following: ‘registration help’, ‘abstract submission help’, ‘general enquiry’

We look forward to welcoming you to Glasgow!

Lyndsay Fletcher and Martin Hendry, on behalf of the NAM LOC and SOC

Registration is now OPEN [9-Feb-2010]

The NAM2010 registration and abstract submission is now OPEN. More information is available here.

The rest of the website has been updated with accommodation information and a detailed science programme.

Meeting Poster [12-Jan-2010]

The poster advertising NAM 2010 is now available online on our homepage and in PDF format.

1st Announcement [22-Dec-2009] for full text

RAS NAM 2010 - 12-16 April 2010, University of Glasgow.

First Announcement.

The RAS National Astronomy Meeting 2010, incorporating the Magnetospheric Ionospheric and Solar Terrestrial (MIST) and UK Solar Physics (UKSP) meetings, will be held at the University of Glasgow from 12th to 16th April. This meeting marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Chair of Astronomy in Glasgow, and is the latest in the series of annual UK national astronomy meetings.

Registration will open early in the New Year (1st February 2010 anticipated) with an early bird/abstract submission deadline one month after opening. More information will be circulated in late January 2010.

The meeting will be held on the main campus of the University of Glasgow, in the ‘Gilbert Scott’ building, which is the dramatic neo-gothic building that dominates the skyline of the West End of Glasgow. The campus is linked by bus and subway to the city centre and to the two main train stations in Glasgow, Central (on the West Coast Main line), and Queen Street (with ready access to Edinburgh and the East Coast Main line), and to the city centre. Transport links from the city centre to Glasgow Airport and Prestwick Airport are fast and frequent. Direct flights, including budget flights, are available from many major cities (London, Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton, Belfast).

The opening session will take place after 13.00 on Monday 12th April and scientific sessions finish by lunchtime on Friday 16th April. A schools' and outreach day on Friday 16th April will extend into the afternoon.

There will be a total of 14 plenary talks covering a broad range of topical subjects in astronomy and space physics, highlighting recent results and forthcoming instruments and missions.

There will be 35 parallel science sessions at NAM2010 with 5 sessions running concurrently. A wide range of themes will be explored - from planetary systems and stellar astrophysics to galaxy formation and cosmology. Sessions will highlight early results from the very latest telescopes, such as Herschel and VISTA, as well as exploring the science and technology drivers for future missions and facilities, such as SCUBA-2, Advanced LIGO, ELT and SKA. The UKSP and MIST topical sessions include: multi-point measurements in space, Sun and heliosphere, energetic particles, solar magneto-seismology, active region flows and heating, and will feature results from both new and long-serving missions, including Hinode, STEREO, CLUSTER and RHESSI. There will be a number of joint and interdisciplinary sessions on themes exploring the roles of plasma physics and magnetic fields throughout the Universe.

In addition to the parallel sessions there will be two dedicated 90 minute sessions for poster viewing and discussion.

Accommodation will be in local hotels and bed & breakfasts, where we have secured preferential rates, with cheaper hostel accommodation available in the city centre, only a short ride by Subway. Further details of the available accommodation will follow in the Second Announcement.

Social Events:
The main social event of the meeting, the conference dinner and ceilidh will take place on Wednesday 14th April, in the spectacular surroundings of the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. On the evening of Monday 12th April there will be a Civic welcome reception hosted by the City of Glasgow, in the Glasgow City Chambers on George Square in Glasgow’s City Centre. The NAM 5-a-side cup football tournament will take place on Tuesday 13th April in the nearby Kelvin Hall Sports Arena. The public programme will include three evening talks, as well as a schools' day on Friday 16th April.

We look forward to seeing you in Glasgow!

On behalf of the LOC and SOC

Lyndsay Fletcher (LOC Chair)
Martin Hendry (SOC Chair)

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Parallel Session Call [22-Sep-2009]

Dear Colleagues,
I am writing to you on behalf of the Scientific Organising Committee of the RAS National Astronomy Meeting 2010.

As many of you will already be aware NAM 2010 will be held in Glasgow, from April 12th - 16th 2010, and will incorporate both the UK Solar Physics (UKSP) and Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial (MIST) meetings.

The NAM 2010 programme will include 14 plenary lectures covering a wide range of topics in solar and solar-terrestrial physics, planetary science, stellar astrophysics, astro-particle physics and cosmology. The plenary lectures will also highlight the UK's leading role in key current and future space missions and ground-based facilities, including Herschel, JWST and ELT.

The NAM 2010 programme will include slots for up to 42 parallel sessions, each of 90 minutes' duration, with further sessions in the programme dedicated for poster viewing.

On behalf of the NAM 2010 Scientific Organising Committee I would like to invite from the community nominations for parallel session themes for next year's meeting. Nominations are welcomed for any topic or research area considered relevant to the NAM, UKSP and MIST meetings. Particularly welcomed are nominations likely to have broad cross-community appeal.

At this stage nominees are requested to submit the following information (by email, to

1. Theme and provisional title of parallel session.
2. Brief (i.e. a few sentences) rationale for its nomination
3. A nominated session organiser (preferably an individual who has already agreed to undertake this role!)

The SOC will be pleased to consider nominations for multiple parallel sessions - i.e. 2 or more sessions with a linked theme that would run across several days of the NAM programme - and for joint parallel sessions which highlight areas of overlap between the NAM, UKSP and MIST communities.

The SOC also particularly welcomes nominations for themes that are regarded as timely, e.g. relating to current or upcoming missions. Moreover, NAM 2010 will commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Regius Chair of Astronomy at Glasgow, and will feature a vibrant programme of lectures and workshops for schools and the public. Hence nominations for parallel sessions related to the history of astronomy, and/or to astronomy education and outreach, are also encouraged.

Please send your session nominations (to by OCTOBER 31st 2009. The NAM 2010 SOC will meet shortly thereafter to review the nominations received. It is expected that the final programme of parallel sessions will be drawn up before the end of 2009.

Best regards

Martin Hendry
Chair, NAM 2010 SOC