2020 RASNZ Conference and RASNZ Centenary

Update: The 2020 RASNZ conference has been cancelled. Please see the RASNZ website for further details.

Because of the COVID-19 situation the RASNZ conference will now be held on Friday 23 – Sunday 25 October in Wellington. Same venue as previously advertised. Note that the new arrangements are themselves subject to further postponement depending on what restrictions remain on our activities at that time.

A Dark Skies workshop will be held is association with the Conference. This meeting will be held on Monday 26 October 9:00 am – noon. The venue is the St Andrews Centre, 30 The Terrace.

For the latest information please see the RASNZ web site at and http://www.rasnz.org.nz/groups-news-events/rasnz-conference for details and registration.

It is a pleasure to announce that the next conference of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (RASNZ) will be held at the Wharewaka Function Centre on Wellington waterfront over the weekend of 8 – 10 May 2020. The Wellington Astronomical Society is hosting the Conference.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Society and to honour this special occasion we will be welcoming four invited speakers. They will be Dr Dom Pesce (Black Hole Initiative, Harvard University), Professor Anna Scaife and Dr Rene Breton (Manchester University/Jodrell Bank) and Dr Chris Lintott (Oxford University). This year the Fellows´ Lecture will be given by long standing Society member and past president John Drummond. Titles and abstracts for these talks will be released when they are available.

As the programme will commence at the earlier than usual time at 1pm on Friday we encourage as many as possible to make their travel arrangements to arrive in the city during the morning.

The conference will be preceded by a Dark Sky Workshop on the morning of Thursday 7 May. The workshop will consist of short talks on relevant key local and international dark sky updates and discussion/demonstration on topics such as sky quality measurements and dark sky friendly lighting.

The RASNZ website now has available the conference brochure, on-line registration (and downloadable form) and paper submission (via the registration page). See it all here: http://www.rasnz.org.nz/groups-news-events/rasnz-conference.

Please consider participating in this Conference as RASNZ celebrates its centenary – we look forward to seeing you there.

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