Cosmology at NAM 2015

Just a quick post to plug this year’s forthcoming Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting, which will be taking place at the splendid Venue Cymru conference centre, Llandudno, North Wales, from Sunday 5th July to Thursday 9th July 2015.

To whet your appetite, here are some pictures of lovely Llandudno  I took at the last National Astronomy Meeting there, back in 2011.

The draft science programme has  been posted and you can also find a full list of parallel sessions here.  The NAM 2015 website is now accepting proposals for contributed talks and posters relating to this and other sessions.


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I’m actually on the Scientific Organizing Committee for NAM 2015 and as such I’ll be organizing a part of this meeting, namely a couple of sessions on Cosmology under the title Cosmology Beyond the Standard Model, with the following description.

Recent observations, particularly those from the Planck satellite, have provided strong empirical foundations for a standard cosmological model that is based on Einstein’s general theory of relativity and which describes a universe which is homogeneous and isotropic on large scales and which is dominated by dark energy and matter components. This session will explore theoretical and observational challenges to this standard picture, including modified gravity theories, models with large-scale inhomogeneity and/or anisotropy, and alternative forms of matter-energy. The aim will be to both take stock of the evidence for, and stimulate further investigation of, physics beyond the standard model.

It’s obviously quite a broad remit so I hope that there will be plenty of contributed talks and posters. The NAM 2015 website is now accepting proposals for contributed talks and posters relating to this and other sessions.

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).

3 Responses to “Cosmology at NAM 2015”

  1. Phillip Helbig Says:

    ” I took at the last National Astronomy Meeting there, back in 2011.”

    Presumably there is only one per year (that’s what I remember), so isn’t it unusual that the same location is hosting such a meeting again after just 4 years?

    I was at a NAM in St. Andrews and one on Guernsey, from which we sailed to Alderney to see the total solar eclipse, for which the clouds broke for just a few minutes before, during, and after.

    By the way, on 20 March this year there is another total solar eclipse in Europe, but rather far to the north.

    • telescoper Says:

      The annual NAM was usually held on university campus in April until relatively recently. The Guernsey one was special because of the eclipse. It is apparently getting more and more difficult to find people willing to organize such a meeting on a campus location. The switch to Llandudno in 2011 was a sort of experiment. Last year NAM was in Portsmouth, but also shifted to late June instead of April. Now we’re back at Llandudo in July.

      I enjoyed the Llandudno NAM in 2011; the venue is certainly very good. I wouldn’t mind if it moved permanently off campus, as it were, but I do wish there was more willingness among the astronomy community to take on the organization. The increasing number of astronomy groups around the UK does not seem to have led to an increased number of willing hosts.

  2. Bryn Jones Says:

    July is not quite the peak holiday period but hotel rooms may still be quite costly. Holding the National Astronomy Meeting in April would have been cheaper, which might have been a consideration for delegates on limited budgets.

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