Conference 2013

2013 Conference Programme

 Photography by Max Alexander.

Photography by Max Alexander.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Session 1 (morning)

10.00  The molecule that made the Universe

Steve Miller, University College London

10.35  Cracks in the crust – rift valleys on the Earth and planets

Mike Kendall, University of Bristol

11.10  Coffee break

11.40  From daguerreotype to CCD – how photography changed astronomy

Craig Mackay, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge

12.15  Can you hear black holes collide?

Nils Andersson, University of Southampton

12.50  Lunch break


Session 2 (afternoon)

14.30  An astronomer’s life: trips to the mountain tops

Brigette Hesman, University of Maryland and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

15.05  The Skylon spaceplane – flying into orbit

Alan Bond, Reaction Engines Ltd

15.40  Tea break

16.15  Secrets of the superstars

Ian Bonnell, University of St Andrews

16.50  Galaxies in the ultraviolet

Barry Madore, Carnegie Observatories

17.30  Conference adjourns

18.00  Exhibition closes


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Session 3 (morning)


10.35  Mining the fossil record of the Milky Way

Brad Gibson, University of Central Lancashire

11.10  Coffee break

11.40  A brief history of Stephen Hawking

Lucy Hawking, Journalist and author

12.15  Cox and Ince at AstroFest

Brian Cox and Robin Ince

12.50  Lunch break


Session 4 (afternoon)

14.30  Storm chasing on Saturn

Brigette Hesman, University of Maryland and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

15.05  Do we need the Moon?

Maggie Aderin-Pocock, University College London

15.40  Tea break

16.15  The Hubble constant: Measuring the age and size of the Universe

Barry Madore, Carnegie Observatories

16.50  Remembering Patrick Moore

Allan Chapman, Jon Culshaw, Jane Fletcher, Chris Lintott, Brian May, Iain Nicolson & Robin Rees

17.30  Conference ends

18.00  Exhibition closes

Conference programme subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.