NAM 2015 Open for Registration

A bit busy today so I just have time for another quick plug of this year’s  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. I’ve posted most of this before, but I thought I’d post it again because today is the day that registration opened; you can sign up by following the link from here.

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 is available and you can also find a full list of parallel sessions here. You can also  submit proposals for contributed talks and posters for any of the sessions, including the one I’m organizing described below.


If you’re on Twitter you can keep up-to-date with developments by following their Twitter feed:

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. 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).


One Response to “NAM 2015 Open for Registration”

  1. Interesting. But see Einstein’s Leyden Address where he described a gravitational field as a place where “space is neither homogeneous nor isotropic”. Then recall the raisin-cake analogy wherein space expands between the galaxies but not within: conservation of energy says it can’t stay homogeneous. Then in the balloon analogy, conservation of energy means you reduce the tensile strength of the skin. Then see Einstein saying the speed of light is spatially variable, and check out Oppenheimer’s frozen-star black hole. Then liken the early universe to the frozen star rather than a point-singularity, and you don’t need inflation to make everything homogeneous. All in all, IMHO the cosmology is within the standard model, not beyond it.

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