Press Release

NAM 2010: 1st Media Announcement

11-Feb-2010, Plain html version.

The 2010 RAS National Astronomy Meeting will take place from the 12th to the 16th of April 2010. Members of the media are cordially invited to attend.

ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESS RELEASE (PN 10/07, NAM 01)

Date: 11th February 2010

For immediate release

2010 RAS NATIONAL ASTRONOMY MEETING (NAM 2010)

12th – 16th April 2010

University of Glasgow, UK

1ST MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT

From the 12th to the 16th of April 2010, around 500 astronomers and space scientists will gather at the University of Glasgow for the RAS National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2010), the UK’s largest professional astronomy conference.

NAM 2010 is held in conjunction with the UK Solar Physics (UKSP) and Magnetosphere Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial Physics (MIST) meetings.

The conference comes to Glasgow during the 250th anniversary year of the founding of the Regius Chair of Astronomy at the University of Glasgow, first held by astronomer and meteorologist Alexander Wilson in 1760. The present incumbent is Prof. John Brown, 10th Astronomer Royal for Scotland.

At NAM 2010 scientists will present new research across the fields of astronomy, space science, solar and solar-terrestrial physics, including the evolution of massive stars, dark matter, the role of high-energy particles, explosions on the Sun and in the distant Universe and the prospects for astronomy with a new generation of giant telescopes.

A full and up to date schedule of these and other events can be found on the official website at http://www.astro.gla.ac.uk/nam2010/

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend the Meeting. Press room facilities will be available for the duration of the conference – from 1 p.m. on Monday the 12th April to 1 p.m. on Friday 16th April.

Media registration is free of charge. Any bona fide media delegates can pre-register by contacting Robert Massey (details below). Advance registration is not essential but encouraged.

Further information will be circulated a few weeks before the meeting, including press releases on presentations that may be of interest (subject to embargo).

The conference is principally sponsored by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) and the University of Glasgow.

FURTHER INFORMATION

NAM 2010: http://www.astro.gla.ac.uk/nam2010/

Astronomy at the University of Glasgow: http://www.astro.gla.ac.uk/

RAS: http://www.ras.org.uk

UKSP: http://www.uksolphys.org

MIST: http://www.mist.ac.uk

MEDIA CONTACTS

Dr Robert Massey

Press and Policy Officer

Royal Astronomical Society

Tel: +44 (0)20 7734 3307 / 4582

Mob: +44 (0)794 124 8035

E-mail: rm@ras.org.uk

Mr Stuart Forsyth

Corporate Communications Media Relations Officer

University of Glasgow

Tel: +44 (0)141 330 8593

E-mail: s.forsyth@admin.gla.ac.uk

NOTES FOR EDITORS

THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. The RAS organises scientific meetings, publishes international research and review journals, recognises outstanding achievements by the award of medals and prizes, maintains an extensive library, supports education through grants and outreach activities and represents UK astronomy nationally and internationally. Its more than 3000 members (Fellows), a third based overseas, include scientific researchers in universities, observatories and laboratories as well as historians of astronomy and others.

THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

The University of Glasgow (founded 1451) is one of the world’s top 100 research universities with more than 70 per cent of its research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. The Physics and Astronomy Department is one of the top four in the UK’s major research-intensive universities, the Russell Group.