Conference

2014 Conference Programme

We are assembling a stellar line up of speakers. The conference programme is divided into four sessions and tickets can be purchased for any combination of sessions. We are sorry but tickets for Saturday's session 3 & 4 are now sold out. Exhibition tickets will be available for both days on the door and tickets remain available for Friday's conference.

Conference programme subject to change

Photography by Max Alexander.

Photography by Max Alexander.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Session 1 (morning)

 

10.00  The Year of the Aurora

Ian Ridpath

 

10.35  First Step to New Worlds: the Voyager Legacy

Garry Hunt

 

11.10  Coffee break

 

11.40  Testing Gravity in the Solar System

Ali Mozaffari, Imperial College London

 

12.15  Characterising Exoplanets

Giovanna Tinetti, University College London

 

12.50  Lunch break

 

Session 2 (afternoon)

14.30  Exploring the Universe near and far: highlights from ESA’s space science programme

Mark McCaughrean, European Space Agency

 

15.05  Giant Eyepieces That Swallow Spacecraft

Al Nagler, Tele Vue Optics

 

15.40  Tea break

 

16.15  Monster Stars

Paul Crowther, University of Sheffield

 

16.50  In Search of Stone Temples of the Starry Realm

Bill Gutsch, Distinguished Professor of the College of Arts & Sciences, Saint Peter's University

 

17.30  Conference adjourns

 

18.00  Exhibition closes

 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Session 3 (morning) - Sorry, sold out

 

10.00  The Chelyabinsk Impact of 2013

Alan Fitzsimmons, Queens University Belfast

 

10.35  Big Bangs and Black Holes

Carole Mundell, Liverpool John Moores University

 

11.10  Coffee break

 

11.40  Curiosity’s adventures in Gale Crater, Mars

Sanjeev Gupta, Imperial College London

 

12.15  John Wilkins and His Lunar Voyage of 1640

Allan Chapman, Oxford University

 

12.50  Lunch break

 

Session 4 (afternoon) - Sorry, sold out

14.30  Great Comets of the Past 50 Years

Rob McNaught

15.05  Astronomy Goes to “Hollywood”:  The Magic of Movie Special Effects

Bill Gutsch, Distinguished Professor of the College of Arts & Sciences, Saint Peter's University

 

15.40  Tea break

 

16.15 Solar Max

Lucie Green, University College London

16.50  What Makes the Milky Way Special?

Chris Lintott, University of Oxford

 

17.30  Conference ends

 

18.00  Exhibition closes

 

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