2020 RASNZ Conference and RASNZ Centenary

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.