In celebration of 200 years since its foundation, the Royal Astronomical Society will hold its 2020 National Astronomy Meeting (NAM2020) in the city of Bath.
The Society’s founding president Sir William Herschel and his sister Caroline lived in the city in the late 18th century, carrying out work in astronomy that led to discoveries including the planet Uranus, numerous comets and nebulae, and infrared light.
NAM2020 will bring together astronomers and space scientists for the UK’s largest annual astronomy and space science event, taking place at the University of Bath from 12-17 July 2020. Leading scientists from around the world will present cutting-edge research, and the conference will mark the society’s anniversary with a wide programme of public engagement events.
Call for session proposals now open
We now invite proposals for sessions to be held at NAM2020, and encourage members of the UK’s astronomy community from all levels of seniority to apply, including the UK Solar Physics (UKSP), Magnetosphere Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial (MIST) and the geophysics communities. Proposals are welcome for sessions and workshops covering all aspects of NAM, UKSP, geophysics and MIST science, including cross-discipline sessions.
As well as hosting parallel sessions of varying duration, the conference will have space for collaborative meetings, half-day workshops and lunch sessions.
Applicants of successful proposals are expected to act as full scientific organisers of their session including chairing and co-ordinating their session at the meeting and liasing with speakers as appropriate. Training and guidelines on inclusive chairing will be provided to all session chairs in line with the RAS NAM2020 Code of Conduct.
We are keen to raise the profile of public engagement, diversity, and inclusion at NAM2020, and encourage proposals where engagement and diversity are embedded into the science content, in addition to dedicated sessions. We will also have a public-facing programme of activities as part of the 200th anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS200) celebrations, and applications to contribute to this programme are welcome.
Follow this link for online submission of proposals.
The deadline for submitting proposals for sessions of any format is Friday 17th Jan 2020 at 17:30 UTC.
For information or queries about NAM2020 please contact the organisers.
Code of Conduct
NAM2020 is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or nationality. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
- Written or verbal comments which have the effect of excluding people on the basis of membership of any specific group, such as gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or nationality. This includes sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or exclusionary jokes.
- Sexual language and imagery.
- Violent threats or language directed against another person, including incitement to violence, suicide, or self-harm.
- Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following.
- Harassing photography or recording.
- Continuing to initiate interaction (including photography or recording) with someone after being asked to stop.
- Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
- Non-consensual, inappropriate or unwelcome physical contact.
- Unwelcome sexual attention.
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. Exhibitors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the NAM2020 organisers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender, or expulsion from the conference with no refund.
The NAM2020 organisers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants. We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities. We think people should follow these rules outside event activities too!