Conference Programme

Join us at the European AstroFest 2020 conference and hear 16 fascinating talks from experts in the fields of astronomy and space science. Book your personalised conference pass today.

Book your conference pass today. Conference passes include all-day admission to the exhibition area on the day they are valid.

Friday 31st January 2020

Session One (morning)

9:00am Exhibition opens

10:00am
The UK space science programme – an insider’s perspective
Chris Lee, Chief Scientist at UK Space Agency

10:30am
Imaging the deep sky, then and now
Nik Szymanek, astro-imager

11:10am Coffee Break

11:40am
Doomed massive stars
Raman Prinja, University College London

12:10pm
The inspiring story of the Hubble Space Telescope
Antonella Nota, STScI Associate Director for ESA

12:50pm Lunch break

Session Two (afternoon)

2:40pm
Who owns the Moon?
Christopher Newman, Northumbria University

3:10pm
Black holes & spin-offs
Katherine Blundell, University of Oxford

3:50pm Tea break

4:30pm
Cheops and the new science of exoplanets
Andrew Collier Cameron, University of St Andrews

5:00pm
Planetary protection and the Rosalind Franklin rover
Anna Nash, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL

6:00pm Exhibition closes

Saturday 1st February 2020

Session Three (morning)

9:00am Exhibition opens

10:00am
How to move an asteroid: the Hera mission
Alan Fitzsimmons, Queen’s University Belfast

10:30am
Solar flares – the most powerful explosions in the solar system
Philippa Browning, University of Manchester

11:10am Coffee Break

11:40am
Seeing the invisible: imaging black holes
Ziri Younsi, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL

12:10pm
Europe and Space19+: the decade ahead
Jan Wörner, Director General, European Space Agency

12:50pm Lunch break

Session Four (afternoon)

2:40pm
Exploring the Universe: Hubble’s 30 year impact on science and society
Antonella Nota, STScI Associate Director for ESA

3:15pm
Astronomy, fellowship, and feuds: the RAS, 1820-2020, and the origins of the British scientific society
Allan Chapman, Oxford University

3:50pm Tea break

4:35pm
The Comet Interceptor Mission
Geraint Jones, University College London

5:10pm
The RAS bicentennial anniversary lecture:
The next blink of a cosmic eye – predictions for astronomy in the next 200 years
Megan Argo, University of Central Lancashire

6:00pm Exhibition closes

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