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BAA Summer Meeting and BAA-AAVSO Joint Variable Star Meeting

Venue: University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK (click to see map)
Date:
Saturday, 2018, July 7 (All day) to Sunday, 2018, July 8 (All day)

For information about booking for this meeting, click here.

An outline programme for the weekend showing the schedule for the two meetings is given below.

The BAA Summer Meeting takes place on Saturday, the BAA/AAVSO Variable Star Meeting on Saturday and Sunday. While the two meetings run independently in adjacent lecture theatres, there are plenary sessions bringing both groups together at the beginning and end of Saturday. Note that it is possible to attend the Summer Meeting on Saturday and the second day of the Variable Star meeting on Sunday.

This is the second joint meeting of the BAA and the American Association of Variable Star Observers in the UK. The first was held in Cambridge in 2008.

BAA Summer Meeting  Exploring Solar Systems – Near and Far

Saturday 7th July

09.00 – 09.15 Welcome on behalf of BAA & AAVSO (Plenary session)
09.15 – 10.15 Prof Giovanna Tinetti (University College London) (Plenary session)
                        Chemical composition of planets in our Galaxy
10.15 – 10.45 Tea/coffee
10.45 – 12.30 Dr Leigh Fletcher (University of Leicester)
                        Exploring the Weather of the Giant Planets via Professional-Amateur Collaboration
                        Prof Sara Russell (Natural History Museum)
                        Rocks from Space: Deciphering the formation of the solar system from meteorites and space missions
12.30 – 14.00 Cold buffet lunch
14.00 – 16.00 Alex Pratt (BAA) Confessions of an amateur astronomer - A tribute to Melvyn Taylor
                        Prof David Rothery (Open University) - Icy Bodies
                        Prof John Bridges (University of Leicester) - Exploring Mars
16.00 – 16.30 Tea/coffee
16.30 – 17.30 Prof Boris Gaensicke (University of Warwick) (Plenary session)
                        Gaia: Transforming Stellar Astronomy
19.00 – 21.00 Conference dinner in Chancellor’s Suite (Plenary session)

BAA/AAVSO Variable Star Meeting

Saturday 7th July

Keynote speakers in each session are listed below. There will be additional talks in the VS sessions.

09.00 – 09.15 Welcome on behalf of BAA & AAVSO (Plenary session)
09.15 – 10.15 Prof Giovanna Tinetti (University College London) (Plenary session)
                        Chemical composition of planets in our Galaxy
10.15 – 10.45 Tea/coffee
10.45 – 12.30 BAA/AAVSO Variable Star Meeting session 1
                        Dr Dirk Froebrich (University of Kent) - The HOYS-CAPS Citizen Science Project
12.30 – 14.00 Cold buffet lunch
14.00 – 16.00 BAA/AAVSO Variable Star Meeting session 2
                        Prof Tom Marsh (University of Warwick)
                        AR Scorpii: a remarkable highly variable star discovered by amateur astronomers
16.00 – 16.30 Tea/coffee
16.30 – 17.30 Prof Boris Gaensicke (University of Warwick) (Plenary session)
                        Gaia: Transforming Stellar Astronomy
19.00 – 21.00 Conference dinner in Chancellor’s Suite (Plenary session)

BAA/AAVSO Variable Star Meeting

Sunday 8th July

09.00 – 10.30 BAA/AAVSO Variable Star Meeting session 3
                        Francois Cochard (Shelyak Instruments) - Starting in Spectroscopy
10.30 – 11.00 Tea/coffee
11.00 – 13.00 BAA/AAVSO Variable Star Meeting session 4
                        Dr Guillem Anglada Escude (Queen Mary, University of London)
                        Red Dots Initiative: science and opportunities in finding planets around the nearest red-dwarfs
13.00 – 14.00 Cold buffet lunch
14.00 – 15.30 BAA/AAVSO Variable Star Meeting session 5
                       Prof Christian Knigge (University of Southampton)
                       Cataclysmic Variables as Universal Accretion Laboratories
115.30 – 16.00 Tea/coffee
16.00 – 17.00 AAVSO membership meeting
17.00 – 18.00 Closed meeting of BAA VSS Officers and AAVSO Council members
18.00               Dinner in Rootes restaurant for those staying Sunday night

Call for Contributions to the BAA/AAVSO Variable Star Meeting

If you would like to give a short talk (15-20 mins) at the BAA/AAVSO Variable Star Meeting, please send a title for your proposed talk to the email addresses below at your earliest convenience.

You should then send a short abstract (max 200 words) no later than Friday 8th June to the same addresses with the subject "Abstract for BAA/AAVSO meeting".

roger.pickard@sky.com

aavso@aavso.org

Booking information

Day visitors will be provided with a cold buffet lunch and tea/coffee in the morning and afternoon. Accommodation is available on campus in single rooms with en-suite facilities. Those staying on campus are advised to book evening meals as the meeting is during vacation and other eating facilities on campus will be limited. We hope as many attendees as possible will attend the conference dinner on Saturday evening as it will provide a good opportunity for interacting and socialising.

For those intending to travel with partners we regret that no double rooms are available on campus. There is a list of local hotels recommended by Warwick Conferences here which can offer double rooms. If you wish to stay off-campus, please make your own accommodation arrangements but please book below for those days when you will be attending the meeting and for the conference dinner. Information on local transport services is available here. Note that the campus is large and a considerable amount of walking between venues will be necessary.

There is information about other attractions in the local area which may be of interest here.

Advance booking is required for this meeting. You can do this by:

  • Booking through the BAA online shop
  • Contacting the BAA office on 0207 734 4145 (staffed 9am to 5pm, Mon-Fri)

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