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BAA Summer Meeting: Exploring Solar Systems – Near and Far and BAA-AAVSO Joint Meeting on Variable Stars

Venue: University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK (click to see map)
Date:
Saturday, 2018, July 7 (All day) to Sunday, 2018, July 8 (All day)

For information about booking for this meeting, click here.

The BAA Summer Meeting is being held on Saturday 7th July and features an exciting list of speakers including some of the leading experts on planetary science both within and beyond our solar system. This is a rare opportunity to get up to date with the latest developments on planetary systems. The programme for the Summer Meeting is given below.

The Joint BAA/AAVSO Variable Star Meeting is being held in the same venue on Saturday and Sunday, 7-8th July. This international meeting will present an overview of some of the latest amateur and professional research in variable stars. It is the second joint meeting of the BAA and the American Association of Variable Star Observers in the UK following our first successful meeting held in Cambridge in 2008.

The two meetings will run in adjacent lecture theatres with plenary sessions bringing both groups together for the first and last lectures on Saturday. Note that it is possible to attend the Summer Meeting on Saturday and the second day of the Variable Star meeting on Sunday. There will be a conference dinner open to the attendees of both meetings on Saturday evening.

BAA Summer Meeting  Exploring Solar Systems – Near and Far

Saturday 7th July

09.00 – 09.15 Welcome on behalf of BAA & AAVSO (Plenary session)
09.15 – 10.15 Prof Giovanna Tinetti (University College London) (Plenary session)
                        Chemical composition of planets in our Galaxy
10.15 – 10.45 Tea/coffee
10.45 – 12.30 Dr Leigh Fletcher (University of Leicester)
                        Exploring the Weather of the Giant Planets via Professional-Amateur Collaboration
                        Prof Sara Russell (Natural History Museum)
                        Rocks from Space: Deciphering the formation of the solar system from meteorites and space missions
12.30 – 14.00 Cold buffet lunch
14.00 – 16.00 Alex Pratt (BAA) Confessions of an amateur astronomer - A tribute to Melvyn Taylor
                        Prof David Rothery (Open University) Icy Bodies
                        Prof John Bridges (University of Leicester) Exploring Mars
16.00 – 16.30 Tea/coffee
16.30 – 17.30 Prof Boris Gaensicke (University of Warwick) (Plenary session)
                        Gaia: Transforming Stellar Astronomy
19.30 – 21.30 Conference dinner in Chancellor’s Suite (Plenary session)

BAA/AAVSO Variable Star Meeting

Saturday 7th July

09.00 – 09.15 Welcome on behalf of BAA & AAVSO (Plenary session)
09.15 – 10.15 Prof Giovanna Tinetti (University College London) (Plenary session)
                        Chemical composition of planets in our Galaxy
10.15 – 10.45 Tea/coffee
10.45 – 12.45 BAA/AAVSO Variable Star Meeting session 1
10.45 – 11.30 Dr Dirk Froebrich (University of Kent) The HOYS-CAPS Citizen Science Project
11.30 – 11.50 Mike Poxon  Recent activity of SU Aurigae
11.50 – 12.10 Andrew Wilson  Observational Evidence for Starspots on T Tauri Stars
12.10 – 12.30 John Toone  The Discovery of TT Crateris
12.30 – 12.45 Poster announcements
12.45 – 14.00 Cold buffet lunch
14.00 – 16.00 BAA/AAVSO Variable Star Meeting session 2
14.00 – 14.50 Prof Tom Marsh (University of Warwick)
                        AR Scorpii: a remarkable highly variable star discovered by amateur astronomers
14.50 – 15.10 David Boyd  Long term orbital behaviour of eclipsing SW Sex stars
15.10 – 15.30 Franz-Josef Hambsch  Seven years on the ROAD (Remote Observatory Atacama Desert)
15.30 – 16.00 Francois Teyssier  Long term spectroscopic monitoring of the brightest symbiotic stars
16.00 – 16.30 Tea/coffee
16.30 – 17.30 Prof Boris Gaensicke (University of Warwick) (Plenary session)
                        Gaia: Transforming Stellar Astronomy
19.30 – 21.30 Conference dinner in Chancellor’s Suite (Plenary session)

BAA/AAVSO Variable Star Meeting

Sunday 8th July

09.00 – 10.30 BAA/AAVSO Variable Star Meeting session 3
09.00 – 09.30 Francois Cochard (Shelyak Instruments) Starting in Spectroscopy
09.30 – 09.50 Robin Leadbeater  Pushing the limits using commercial spectrographs
09.50 – 10.10 Andrew Smith  Towards full automation of high resolution spectroscopy
10.10 – 10.30 Gordon Myers  Applying Transformation and Extinction to Magnitude Estimates – How Much Does it Improve Results?
10.30 – 11.00 Tea/coffee
11.00 – 13.10 BAA/AAVSO Variable Star Meeting session 4
11.00 – 11.50 Dr Guillem Anglada Escude (Queen Mary, University of London) Red Dots Initiative:
                        science and opportunities in finding planets around the nearest red-dwarfs
11.50 – 12.10 Lukasz Wyrzykowski How to find planets and black holes with microlensing events
12.10 – 12.30 David Pulley  Short period eclipsing sdB binaries and the claims for circumbinary objects
12.30 – 12.50 Geoff Chaplin  RZ Cas: light curve and orbital period variations
12.50 – 13.10 Kristine Larsen  Williamina Paton Fleming’s “Un-named” Variables and the AAVSO: A Scientific and Historical Perspective
13.10 – 14.00 Cold buffet lunch
14.00 – 16.00 BAA/AAVSO Variable Star Meeting session 5
14.00 – 14.50 Prof Christian Knigge (University of Southampton)
                        Cataclysmic Variables as Universal Accretion Laboratories
14.50 – 15.10 Thomas Morris SN1987A and connections to Red Novae
15.10 – 15.30 Des Loughney rho Cas - an update
15.30 – 15.50 Mario Motta American Medical Association statement on street lighting
15.50 – 16.00 Closing remarks
16.00 – 16.30 Tea/coffee
16.30 – 17.45 AAVSO membership meeting
18.00               Dinner in Rootes restaurant for those staying Sunday night

Call for Contributions to the BAA/AAVSO Variable Star Meeting

The speaker programme for the meeting is now full but if you would like to display a poster at the meeting please book your space by sending an email to roger.pickard@sky.com at your earliest convenience.

Booking information

Day visitors will be provided with a cold buffet lunch and tea/coffee in the morning and afternoon. Accommodation is available on campus in single rooms with en-suite facilities. Those staying on campus are advised to book evening meals as the meeting is during vacation and other eating facilities on campus will be limited. We hope as many attendees as possible will attend the conference dinner on Saturday evening as it will provide a good opportunity for interacting and socialising.

*** Double rooms ***
A limited number of double rooms on campus have now been made available to us. These rooms cannot be booked through our online booking system as payment must be made by their occupants on departure. The cost is £120 per room per night including breakfast. Credit and debit cards will be accepted. If you would like to book one of these rooms, please email davidboyd@orion.me.uk with your requirements as soon as possible as we will not be able to hold these room indefinitely. If you request one of those rooms, you must still book for all other aspects of the weekend through the online booking system.

Alternatively, there is a list of local hotels recommended by Warwick Conferences which can offer double rooms. If you wish to stay off-campus, please make your own accommodation arrangements but please book below for those days when you will be attending the meeting and for the conference dinner. Please follow this link for information on local transport services, and this link for information about transport from Birmingham and Heathrow airports. Note that the campus is large and a considerable amount of walking between venues will be necessary.

There is information about other attractions in the local area which may be of interest here.

Advance booking is required for this meeting. You can do this by:

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