FAS Summer Convention and 2019 AGM

Please see the below from the Federation of Astronomical Societies regarding this year's convention & AGM (click Read More!):

The time has come around again for the FAS’ Convention and AGM. This year it’s to be held at the Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Road, Cambridge, from 9:45am on 14th September: event details and a link to buy tickets are available online at http://fedastro.org.uk/fas/convention/convention-2019 (members of FAS member societies £8, Non-members £10 and £4 for all under-16s). A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door if there are any left from the online sales – check the website the day before to see how many are left.


We have five excellent speakers during the day:


·         Dr Mark Clilverd – “Solar storm effects on ground-based infrastructure”
British Antarctic Survey, Winner of the RAS 2019 James Dungey Lectureship

·         Dr Richard Ghail – “New insights from our closest Earth-sized exoplanet: Venus”
Royal Holloway College, London

·         Jenny Lister – “Astronomy for all: its place in education”
Primary School Teacher, Winner of the RAS 2018 Patrick Moore Medal for Education

·         Dr Floor van Leeuwen – “Details of the HR diagram as revealed by the second Gaia data release”
Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge

·         Prof Carlos Frenk – “Everything from nothing: how our universe was made”
Director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology, Durham University,
Winner of the RAS 2014 Gold Medal for Astronomy


·         Lunchtime tours of the Northumberland and Thorrowgood telescopes

·         Lunchtime tours of the Cavendish Museum

·         Trade stands

·         Lots of free car parking at the IoA

·         Free tea/coffee/biscuits throughout the day







Dr Paul A Daniels

Vice President

Graham Bryant


Richard Field



Membership Secretary

William Bottaci

PLI Secretary

Tony Questa +


Meetings Organiser & Publicity

Adrian Roach *

Newsletter Editor

Owen Brazell §




Martin Baker



Paul Hackett

Deputy Webmaster

James Hannan


Shaun O’Dell


Stepping down as PLI Secretary

* Co-opted

§ Stepping down as Newsletter Editor

Immediately following lunch there’s a (thankfully!) brief AGM meeting for members of fully paid-up FAS societiesonly. At the AGM there will be my President’s report on the year past, the Treasurer’s report and you’ll be able to stand for and vote for elections to the FAS Council. Each society should nominate just one of their members attending to vote on the AGM agenda items and in the elections, i.e. one vote per society.


As is common with committees, there have been some departures from Council during the year due to ill-health and personal circumstances. Election nominees from fully paid-up member societies can be accepted for any of the Council posts but the positions of Treasurer, PLI Secretary, Newsletter Editor and Publications particularly need to be filled.


If you’d like to stand for election to Council it would be helpful if your proposer and seconder let the Secretary know before the meeting but candidates may also be proposed and seconded at any time up until and including the AGM itself. Also, if you have any urgent items you’d like to add to the agenda please let the FAS Secretary (secretary@fedastro.org.uk) know as soon as possible.


Best wishes and hoping to see you there!

Dr Paul A Daniels, FRAS

President, Federation of Astronomical Societies

Vice President (Astronomy), Royal Astronomical Society