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UK-Germany National Astronomy Meeting NAM2012

Delegate Information

Presenting talks and posters

All lecture theatres are equipped with Windows PCs supporting Microsoft Office 2007 and Adobe Reader (pdf). You are strongly advised to upload your presentation prior to your session. It may be possible to connect laptops directly to the projectors at the discretion of the Chair/Session Organiser, but any time lost due to this will be taken from your presentation.

Please note all talks should keep strictly to time.

Posters are displayed in the Marquee and the foyer of University Place. Session A is Tuesday/Wednesday, Session B is Thursday/Friday. The allocation of Sessions follows the timings of the corresponding orals (see the schedule). Each poster is allocated a numbered board (information to come). If you have a poster in session A, please remove it by 18:15 on Wednesday (or it will be taken down); similarly, all posters in Session B should be removed before the conference closes.

If you are organising or chairing a session, please see the Session Organiser Information page.

Refreshments and meals

Tea/coffee will be served in the breaks as indicated on timetable, in the Ground Floor of University Place (both the restaurant area and the foyer) and in the Marquee. Service will start slightly earlier than the scheduled session ends, so if you are not attending a talk, you are advised to take tea/coffee early.

A buffet lunch followed by tea/coffee is provided for all registered delegates. This is served in restaurant on the Ground Floor of University Place and in the Marquee. You are advised to avoid queues by staggering your arrival time if possible! If you are attending a "Special Lunch", food will be provided in the meeting room.

All lunch times and refreshment breaks are also designated for poster viewing. Please take advantage of this time to visit the posters and the exhibition. The food at lunch is designed to eaten standing up!

A number of cafes, bars and restaurants are available on campus or nearby, see Getting Around.

Posters and exhibition

The Exhibition will be available throughout the meeting up to Friday lunchtime, in the ground floor foyer of University Place. Exhibitors include the RAS, STFC and various astronomical science projects and publishers. A wide range of books will be available for browsing and purchase, with various special offers and free gifts!

Poster boards will fit A0 portrait posters. Posters are on display in University Place foyer and the Marquee. Please make use of lunchtimes to view the posters. Note that Session A posters are displayed Tuesday/Wednesday and Session B Thursday/Friday. A dedicated poster session takes place as a parallel session on Thursday 16:00-17:00. A map of the poster locations is available.

Poster session A, Tuesday March 27th-Wednesday March 28th: COS3, GAL1, GAL2, ISM1, ISM2, PL1, GW1, HE1, HE2, STA1, HIS1, OUT1, CP1, INS1, MAG1, MAG2, MST2, SP1, SP3, SP4, SP5. Poster list

Poster session B, Thursday March 29th-Friday March 30th: COS1, COS2, COS4, GAL1, GAL2, GAL3, ISM3, PL2, HE3, STA2, INS2, INS3, INS4, INS5, MST1, MST2, MST3, MST4, MST5, SP2, SP6. Poster list

Posters from OTH1 are individually assigned to sessions A or B - please see the detailed list.

Student poster competition

There is a student poster competition organised by the Royal Astronomical Society. If you are a student and first (or lead) author of a poster, you should collect a red sticker from the registration desk (University Place Ground Floor) and ensure that it is clearly displayed on your poster. There will be a prize winner for both 'A' (astronomy) and 'G' (solar, solar-terrestrial physics and planetary science) areas, with three runner up prizes for 'A' and 'G' . The first prize winners will each receive 100 in gift vouchers and a choice of 4 books from the Springer publisher's stand. The runners-up will receive 2 Springer books each. We are very grateful to Springer publishing for donating books for these prizes. The competition is judged by representatives of RAS, and the winners will be announced at the conference dinner (and informed by email).

STFC Research Grants 'Surgery'

Your chance to meet the Astronomy Grants Panel chair (Professor Andy Lawrence, Edinburgh), STFC Head of Astronomy (Dr Colin Vincent) and Astronomy Grants Manager (Kim Burchell) from STFC and put to them any questions you have about applying for research grants, grant awards, grant administration and grants opportunities. The grants team will be on hand at the STFC display in University Place foyer between 12.30 and 2.00pm, and again from 3:30 to 4:30pm on Thursday 29th March. No need to book, just turn up and talk. They look forward to meeting with you!

Internet access and laptops

Wireless internet access is available throughout University Place. You will be allocated a username at onsite registration (this will be on your badge). However, be warned that power sockets are very limitted and you are advised to charge your laptop fully outside the venue. In particular, the meeting rooms do not provide power sockets for audience members.

Breakout meeting rooms

A limited number of rooms are available in the nearby Alan Turing Building for breakout meetings and discussions. If you wish to book a room, please email nam2012@jb.man.ac.uk