Science 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 meeting will feature 14 plenary speakers, 35 parallel science sessions, 2 dedicated poster session and 6 business/special lunches.

NAM2010 timetable
A pdf version is also available.

Plenary Speakers

Prof W Bains
(University of Cambridge)
Life on Titan
14:00-14:40 Tuesday 13th April 2010
Prof A Collier Cameron
(University of St Andrews)
The SuperWASP Project
14:40-15:20 Tuesday 13th April 2010
Prof C Cunningham
Design Challenges in the Construction of ELTs
09:00-09:40 Friday 16th April 2010
Prof G F Efstathiou
(University of Cambridge)
Probing Cosmology with the CMBR
09:00-09:40 Thursday 15th April 2010
Dr J Hatchell
(University of Exeter)
The Early Stages of Star Formation
09:40-10:20 Wednesday 14th April 2010
Prof R P Lin
(UC Berkeley)
The Sun at High Energies
14:40-15:20 Monday 12th April 2010
Prof M McCaughrean
(European Space Agency)
ESA's Cosmic Vision Programme
14:00-14:40 Monday 12th April 2010
Prof D Melrose
(University of Sydney)
Plasma Phenomena on All Cosmic Scales
09:00-09:40 Tuesday 13th April 2010
Prof R Nelson
(Queen Mary, University of London)
Proto-planetary Disks and Planetary Migration
09:00-09:40 Wednesday 14th April 2010
Prof B Sathyaprakash
(Cardiff University)
Gravitational Wave Astronomy
14:40-15:20 Wednesday 14th April 2010
Prof N R Tanvir
(University of Leicester)
Exploring the Universe with Gamma-ray Bursts
14:00-14:40 Wednesday 14th April 2010
Prof K Whaler
(University of Edinburgh)
The SWARM Mission
09:40-10:20 Tuesday 13th April 2010
Prof G Wright
(University of Edinburgh)
The James Webb Space Telescope
09:40-10:20 Friday 16th April 2010
Prof R Wyse
(Johns Hopkins University)
Galaxies and Stellar Populations
09:40-10:20 Thursday 15th April 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?'

Parallel Sessions, UKSP & MIST

There will be 35 parallel science sessions at NAM2010, organised in blocks of 105 minutes 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.

1545-1730, Monday 12th April 2010
P01ButeGalaxy Formation and Evolution in the Low-Redshift Universe With Multi-Wavelength Spectroscopic Surveys
P02G255Massive Stars: New Views of their Formation and Progeny
P03G22610 Years of Cluster: the Past, Present and Future of Multi-point Measurements of Space Plasmas (MIST)
P04ForeNew Views of Solar Active Regions from Hinode and STEREO (UKSP)
P05G466STFC Current Facilities
1045-1230, Tuesday 13th April 2010
P06G255Science on the Way to SKA - Session 1
P07ButeFirst results from the Herschel Space Observatory
P08G226Magnetospheric physics of Jovian-type planets and Ultra-cool dwarfs
P09ForeUKSP / MIST Missions Forum: the State of the Art and Future: Opportunities (UKSP/MIST)
P10G466Software Astronomy: How to Do Astronomy by Looking Through a Computer
1545-1730, Tuesday 13th April 2010
P11ButeThe Dark Art of Dark Matter - Session 1
P12G466Water in the Solar System and Beyond
P13G226Magnetospheres and Ionospheres Throughout the Universe (MIST/NAM)
P14ForeMagnetic Coupling of the Solar Atmosphere: Magneto-Seismology of the Solar Atmosphere (UKSP)
P15G255VISTA: Performance and Surveys
1045-1230, Wednesday 14th April 2010
P16ButeScience on the Way to SKA - Session 2
P17G466A New Era in Astrochemical Star Formation
P18G226General MIST Science Session 1 (MIST)
P19ForeEnergetic Particles in the Solar System and Astrophysical Plasmas: Observations and Theory (UKSP/NAM)
P20G255Explosions in the Distant Universe - Session 1
1545-1730, Wednesday 14th April 2010
P21ButeThe Dark Art of Dark Matter - Session 2
P22G466Disks and Stars at Extremely High Angular Resolution
P23ForeMagnetic Reconnection (UKSP)
P24G226Solar Influences in the Heliosphere (UKSP/MIST)
P25G255Explosions in the Distant Universe - Session 2
1045-1230, Thursday 15th April 2010
P26ButeThe Sloan Digital Sky Survey: the Legacy and Future
P27G466Stellar Populations in Galaxies
P28G226General MIST Science Session 2 (MIST)
P29ForeModelling of Dynamic Solar Plasmas (UKSP)
P30G255Pulsar Astrophysics
1045-1230, Friday 16th April 2010
P31ButeThe Role of Feedback in Galaxy Evolution
P32G226Stellar and Exoplanetary Magnetism
P33G466Public Engagement in Astronomy, Solar and Solar System Physics
P34ForeUKSP General Session (UKSP)
P35G255New Technologies for Future Instruments, Telescopes and Missions