BAA Spring Meeting, Leeds

Saturday 23rd Apr 202222:00

School of Music, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT

Saturday 23rd April

Doors open at 10:00, meetings starts at 10:30 and will end at 17:30. Tea and coffee will be provided in the intervals.

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The following links can be used to access the YouTube recordings.

10:30-12:00: No stream as lecturer had to cancel due to illness. A video presentation will replace this talk at the venue.
12:00-13:00: Prof Brad Gibson, Hull – “Stellar Winds: Givers and Takers of Life”
14:30-15:00: Intro to Leeds Astronomical Society
15:00-16:00: Please note there will be pause as this talk is not being streamed.
16:30-17:45: Dr Julian Pittard, Leeds – “Colliding Stellar Winds: Observations and Theory”

During the day we will be looking at ‘Stellar Winds and Planetary Atmospheres’ from our experts.

Programme times: –

Doors Open for Registration at 10:00

10:30 BAA President Dr David Arditti – Welcome

10:40 Prof Danial Marsh, Leeds – “planetary atmospheres”

TRAPPIST-1 system

NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio artist’s impression of the planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system.Short bio: Prof Dan Marsh joined the Priestley International Centre for Climate as the Chair in Comparative Planetary Atmospheres in January 2018. He holds the position jointly in the School of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Chemistry at the University of Leeds. Dan divides his time between Leeds and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, where he is a senior scientist. Dan’s research interests are in planetary atmospheres, whole atmosphere modelling, climate change, upper atmosphere composition and space weather.

11:40 Refreshment Break

12:00 Prof Brad Gibson, Hull – “Stellar Winds: Givers and Takers of Life”

Short bio: An Aussie-Canadian transplant, Brad is the Head of Physics & Maths, and Director of the E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics, at the University of Hull.  Brad was responsible for first defining the Milky Way’s Galactic Habitable Zone (named a Top 10 News Story of the Year by National Geographic), determining the expansion rate of the Universe (for which their team was awarded the Gruber Prize in Cosmology), and building the world’s first Liquid Mirror Telescope Observatory.  His 500+ outreach events over the past 6 years have reached nearly two million people around the world, including 70 schools and colleges around the UK.  His commitment to widening participation and diversity, and improving the career prospects of physics students, led to his “Changing Face of Physics” campaign being named Best Practice in the Country by the UK’s Equality Challenge Unit.

13:00 Lunch Break

14:30 Intro to Leeds Astronomical Society

15:00 Dr Richard McKim BAA Section Director – “Recent BAA studies of the Martian dust storms”

Biography. Richard is a BAA past President and has analysed BAA observations of Mars since 1980, writing the first monograph on Martian dust storms and many historical papers dealing with planetary astronomy. By profession a chemist, Richard is also an amateur musician.

16:00 Refreshment Break

16:30 Dr Julian Pittard, Leeds – “Colliding Stellar Winds: Observations and Theory”

Dr. Julian Pittard has worked on colliding wind binaries for over 25 years. He studied under Dr. Ian Stevens at the University of Birmingham, finishing his PhD in 1999. He then moved to the University of Leeds, to study with Profs. John Dyson, Thomas Hartquist, and Sam Falle. He obtained a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2004 and became a Reader in Theoretical Astrophysics in 2011. He has supervised 10 PhD students and 4 postdoctoral research assistants, and published over 130 research papers in the major scientific astronomy journals.

17:30 BAA President Dr David Arditti – Closing remarks

 Organiser Hazel Collett and Rod Leven

Further details will be uploaded soon.  



School of Music, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT

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Booking Information

You need to book in advance to attend this meeting. You will be able to book at the below Eventbrite page from 9am on 21st March until 11:30pm on 21st April.

Tickets are free to BAA members. The 100% discount code for BAA Members can be access from the member benefit codes list.

Non-member ticket prices are £5 for adults and £2 for under 16s.

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