NAM 2011

Just a quick post to plug this year’s forthcoming Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting, incorporating the MIST and UKSP meetings, which will be taking place at the splendid Venue Cymru conference centre, Llandudno, North Wales, from Sunday 17 April to Thursday 21 April.

Registration is now open, and you can now also submit abstracts of either oral or poster presentations to be considered for inclusion in the various sessions described in the science programme.

I’ve been asked to organise a small part of this meeting, namely a session on Recent Developments in Astro-statistics, so if you’d like to give a talk in that session please register and upload an abstract to the website. You can’t do the latter until you have done the former. Astro-statistics will be interpreted widely, so I hope to have a varied programme including as many applications of statistics to astronomy and astrophysics as I can get!

NAM is a particularly good opportunity for younger researchers – PhD students and postdocs – to present their work to a big audience so I particularly encourage such persons to submit abstracts. Would more senior readers please pass this message on to anyone they think might want to give a talk?

If you have any questions please feel free to use the comments box (or contact me privately).


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2 Responses to “NAM 2011”

  1. Simon Kemp Says:

    I have to organise the equivalent meeting in Mexico this year, held at the Universidad de Guadalajara for the second time. I dare say some people might prefer west-central Mexico in September to Llandudno in April…

  2. Bryn Jones Says:

    While I strongly support the idea of a British national astronomy meeting, I am concerned that the British scientific community does not have access to sufficient travel funds to allow attendance from a considerable section of British astronomers. The registration fee for RAS fellows is £210 (or £70 for single days, but cheaper for postgraduate students). Travel and hotel costs mean that attendance for all 3.5 days would cost £500 to £700 for most non-student delegates.

    People will have to balance the potential cost of attending the National Astronomy Meeting with participation at international conferences in specific specialised research areas.

    Funds for travel and conference attendance can be limited in British universities, or difficult to access.

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