Conference Programme

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

Note: Sessions Two, Three and four are now fully booked. Passes are currently available for Session One but availability is now limited. Exhibition only passes are also available.

Friday 8th February 2019

Session One (morning)

9:00am Exhibition opens

10:00am
The next steps in Astronomy
Carolin Crawford, University of Cambridge

10:30am
Alien life: what do we look for?
Paul Davies, Arizona State University

10:40am Coffee Break

11:40am
Black holes: Einstein’s gravity and rocket science
Chris Done, Durham University

12:10pm
Taking your first steps in nightscape astrophotography
Will Gater, astronomy journalist & science presenter

12:50pm Lunch break

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

Session Two (afternoon)

Note: Session Two is now fully booked.

2:40pm
Alien landscapes
Elizabeth Tasker, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

3:10pm
Planetary-scale dust storms on Mars
Manish Patel, Open University

3:50pm Tea break

4:30pm
The campaign to catch 2014 MU69 ‘Ultima Thule’
Simon Porter, New Horizons Co-Investigator, Southwest Research Institute

5:00pm
Mission Moon 3-D
David J. Eicher, Astronomy Magazine
Dr Brian May, London Stereoscopic Company

6:00pm Exhibition closes

Saturday 9th February 2019

Session Three (morning)

Note: Session Three is now fully booked.

9:00am Exhibition opens

10:00am
Galaxies: Inside the Universe’s Star Cities
David J. Eicher, Astronomy Magazine

10:30am
Landing on an asteroid: the Hayabusa2 mission
Elizabeth Tasker, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

10:40am Coffee Break

11:40am
Observing the planets
Paul Abel, University of Leicester

12:10pm
Comets, Cosmology, and the Big Bang: An Astronomical Odyssey across 300 years
Allan Chapman, Oxford University

12:50pm Lunch break

Session Four (afternoon)

Note: Session Four is now fully booked.

2:40pm
Mercury: First Rock from the Sun
Suzie Imber, University of Leicester

3:10pm
Big questions, black holes and fond memories
Lucy Hawking, Journalist and Author

3:50pm Tea break

4:35pm
The Dark Energy Survey and the beginning of an industrial revolution in Cosmology
Kathy Romer, University of Sussex

5:10pm New Horizons: the flyby of ‘Ultima Thule’
Simon Porter, New Horizons Co-Investigator, Southwest Research Institute

6:00pm Exhibition closes

Programme subject to change.