Press Release

NAM 2010: 2nd Media Announcement

31-Mar-2010, Plain html version.

The RAS National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2010) will run from 12th to 16th April. Members of the media are cordially invited to attend.

Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting 2010: 2nd media announcement
31st March 2010
RAS PN 10/16 (NAM 2)
For immediate release

Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting 2010: 2nd media announcement (NAM 2)

From the 12th to the 16th April 2010, more than 500 astronomers and space scientists will gather at the University of Glasgow for the RAS National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2010), held in conjunction with the UK Solar Physics (UKSP) and Magnetosphere Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial Physics (MIST) meetings.

NAM 2010 includes 14 plenary lectures and 35 parallel sessions featuring new research from 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 and updates will be posted on Twitter: follow @nam2010

On Thursday is the prestigious RAS awards ceremony, where leading scientists will be honoured for outstanding work in their respective fields. On the same day will be the RAS community forum, where issues such as the future of astronomy will be up for debate.

NAM2010 also has three evening lectures for the general public on the ‘Magic of the Sun and stars’, ‘How to use a million astronomers’ and ‘Here is the space weather’.


The NAM 2010 press office, staffed by Robert Massey and Anita Heward, will be located in room G358 in the Gilmorehill Building of the University of Glasgow. It will be open from 1300 to 1745 BST on Monday 12th April, 0900 to 1745 BST from Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th April and 0900 to 1300 BST on Friday 16th April.

During these times the press office will be contactable on +44 (0)141 330 7409, +44 (0)141 330 7410
and +44 (0)141 330 7411


Over the course of the week before the meeting we expect to issue by e-mail around 20 embargoed press releases on topical and newsworthy presentations. These will also be available on password-protected pages of the meeting website (username and password available from the press office on request). There will be releases embargoed for 0001 BST on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

To register for the meeting (free of charge for members of the media) and / or obtain access to embargoed press releases please contact Robert Massey (see below, pre-registration is not essential but is encouraged).

Members of the media may also register in the normal way by presenting their credentials at the registration desk in the Hunter Halls in the Gilbert Scott Building of the University of Glasgow.


Dr Robert Massey
Press and Policy Officer
Royal Astronomical Society
Mob: +44 (0)794 124 8035

Ms Anita Heward
Press Officer
Royal Astronomical Society
Mob: +44 (0)7756 034243

Mr Stuart Forsyth
Corporate Communications Media Relations Officer
University of Glasgow
Tel: +44 (0)141 330 8593



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 (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.

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.