BAA Summer Meeting

Saturday 2nd Jul 201608:00

COSMOLOGY TODAY: Probing the Dark Side of the Universe

This meeting is now fully booked.

This meeting will be hosted by York Astronomical Society. Doors open at 10am and the meeting will close at 6pm. There will be an entry charge of £5 for BAA members, members of BAA affiliated societies, and under 16s. The entry charge for non-members will be £7.50. This includes refreshments throughout the day, but does not include lunch.

The venue is close to York city centre, and there are lots of eating places nearby which serve sandwiches, snacks and hot food.


Programme times

10:00 Registration and tea/coffee
10:30 Lord and Lady Mayor welcome to York and Jeremy Shears, BAA President – Welcome on behalf of the BAA
10:50 Prof. Sean Paling: Deep Underground Science at Boulby Mine: The Search for Dark Matter & Beyond
11:40 Comfort break
11:45 Dr Simon Dye, Nottingham: Weighing Galaxies and Clusters using gravitational lensing
12:35 Lunch
14:00 Martin Whipp: The York Society – past present and future including the Crayford telescope
14:25 Comfort break
14:30 Dr Rita Tojeiro, St Andrews: Mapping the Universe: from bright stars to dark energy
15:20 Afternoon Tea with Celebration Cake
16:00 Dr Giles Hammond, Glasgow: Advanced LIGO and Gravitational Wave Astronomy
16:50 Comfort break
17:00 Mr Harley Katz, Cambridge: Galaxy Formation and Evolution – Theory vs. Observation
17:50 Closing remarks, raffle and general feedback

Several well-known retailers will also have stands, including: BAA Sales, Peak 2 Valley Instruments, The Widescreen Centre, Grover’s Optics Shop.

We are grateful to our hosts at York Astronomical Society. The city of York has a rich astronomical history; it is where:-

  • John Goodricke and Edward Pigott did their pioneering work on variable stars
  • Thomas Cooke had his factory making the famous Cooke telescopes, including the Newall telescope which was the largest refractor in the world at that time
  • York Minster houses an astronomical clock.

If you are considering coming for an extended stay in York we recommend booking into one of the many hotels or B&B as soon as possible because York is popular with tourists.


Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET

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Booking Information

Booking for this meeting is now closed, since we are fully booked.

Due to the limited capacity of the venue, we will not be able to admit anyone on the day without prior booking.