Public Lectures :
Our FREE Public Lectures are normally held in the 'John Dalton Building', Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester, in Room C0.14 (located on the ground floor). If using SatNav, please use M1 5GE (Chester Street) to find the car park, or M1 5QS (Zouk Restaurant, Chester Street) to find the main entrance of the John Dalton Building which is almost opposite Zouk, further along Chester Street. DO NOT USE M15 6BH - this will NOT take you to the John Dalton Building. The lectures are FREE to attend and all are welcome. Lectures start at 19.30 and finish by 21.00. Click HERE for more location information.
Please note that the information given on this page is provided on a "best information available" basis and advertised talks/speakers may be subject to change at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control.
COVID-19 regulations have affected our lecture programme ....
For the time being, ALL our lectures will be conducted using ZOOM video-conferencing.
Lectures and AGM for 2020 - 2021 :22nd October 2020 - Kopal Memorial Lecture - Prof. Ben Stappers - University of Manchester - Jodrell Bank - "Fast Radio Bursts"
Professor Ben Stappers - University of Manchester, Jodrell Bank
Fast Radio Bursts - Extragalactic Radio Emission of Unknown Origin
In 2007 Astronomers discovered a very bright burst of radio emission which lasted just a few milliseconds and originated far outside of our own galaxy. There are now more than 50 of these Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) known and the race is on to find even more using both new and existing telescopes around the world. In this lecture, Jodrell Bank’s Professor Ben Stappers will discuss the history of FRBs, our current understanding of the mysterious emissions, and explore the future of FRB research including possibilities for the MeerKAT and Square Kilometre Array Telescopes.
Professor Ben Stappers works at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester. His research interests include radio pulsars, neutron stars and fast radio bursts. He is also involved in the design and build of next generation radio telescopes like LOFAR, MeerKAT and the Square Kilometre Array.
Lecture will be conducted by video-conference link - start at 19h30 Thursday October 22 (details below)
This will be the first of our video-conference Monthly Public Lectures, in conjunction with Prof. Ben Stappers, commencing at 19.30. (Waiting Room opens at 19.00). All attendances will be recorded and annexed to the MAS lecture attendances register that was founded in 1892. It is imperative that you enter valid and non-offensive usernames. (NOT Nicknames or Pseudonyms) We have a duty of safeguarding and young learners. It is expected that attendees may activate their video but keep their sound muted. You do not need to activate your video if you so wish. The ZOOM link to attend is: https://zoom.us/j/94571137711
Click/tap the link above and this will take you to the waiting room. You may need the following information:
Meeting ID: 945 7113 7711 Passcode: 567132
Members.... don't forget that Subscriptions were due on 1st October !
19th November 2020 - Dr Sarah Crowther, University of Manchester - "Moon, Meteorites, and More"
Dr Sarah Crowther, University of Manchester - "Moon, Meteorites, and More"
“The first humans landed on the Moon over 50 years ago. The Apollo astronauts did more than just walk on the Moon, they brought 382 kg of Moon rocks back to Earth for scientific study, which proved to be fundamental to our understanding of the Moon. Apollo samples aren’t the only extra-terrestrial samples we have here on Earth. Join Dr Sarah Crowther to hear about the different types of extra-terrestrial materials we have on Earth, how they got here, and what we can learn from them. And look forward to new samples due to be returned to Earth over the next few years.”
Lecture will be conducted by video link - start at 19.30 Thursday November 19thYou need to Register, using your name and e-mail address, any time up to the start of the Meeting, at:
You will then be sent the joining information to the e-mail address specified when Registering
You should be able to join the Waiting Room from 19.00
17th December 2020 - Professor Emma Bunce, University of Leicester: BepiColombo - Mercury Bound
Professor Emma Bunce, University of Leicester: BepiColombo - Mercury Bound
Emma J. Bunce is a British space physicist and Professor of Planetary Plasma Physics at the University of Leicester. She holds a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. Her research is on the magnetospheres of Saturn and Jupiter. She is currently President-Elect of the Royal Astronomical Society.
If you would like to know more about Emma's career/fields of study, then please visit:
BepiColombo is Europe's first mission to Mercury. Launched on 20 October 2018, it is on a seven year journey to the smallest and least explored terrestrial planet in our Solar System. When it arrives at Mercury in late 2025, it will endure temperatures in excess of 350 °C and gather data during its one-year nominal mission, with a possible one-year extension. The mission comprises two spacecraft: the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (Mio). BepiColombo is a joint mission between ESA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), executed under ESA leadership.
Lecture will be conducted by ZOOM link - start at 19h30 Thursday December 17th.
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Once you have Registered, [Please use a sensible User Name] you will receive an e-mail to the address provided by you. This e-mail will contain your “log-in” link and a “Passcode” number. This link is unique to you and should not be shared with anyone else.
The ZOOM Waiting Room will open approximately 19.00 GMT.
21st January 2021 - Presidential Lecture - Myths, Allegories & (Mis)Representations
Presidential Lecture - Myths, Allegories & (Mis)Representations
Lecture will be conducted by ZOOM video link - start at 19.30 Thursday January 21stYou need to Register, using your name and e-mail address, any time up to the start of the Meeting, at:
You will then be sent the joining information to the e-mail address specified when Registering
You should be able to join the Waiting Room from approx. 19.00
18th February 2021 - Dr Megan Argo - UCLAN - The Next Blink of a Cosmic Eye: Astronomy in the next 200 years
Dr Megan Argo - UCLAN - The Next Blink of a Cosmic Eye: Astronomy in the next 200 years
My name is Megan Argo, professional astrophysicist and science communicator. I am a lecturer in astronomy at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston (see my teaching page), studying galaxies in the nearby universe with radio telescopes (see my publications list), regularly pop up on the BBC to talk about astronomy and space news stories, and give public lectures and schools workshops all over the country (see my events list). Please note that, due to COVID-19, I am only delivering talks via Zoom (or similar) for the moment. I have worked as a scientist in the UK, Australia and the Netherlands, and been lucky enough to observe with some of the best radio telescopes around the world, in Europe, India, the USA and Australia. My passion for sharing the wonders of the universe with children of all ages has taken me from northern Scotland to outback Western Australia, via rural India, the mountains of Columbia, and cosmopolitan South Africa.
Lecture will be conducted by video-conference link - start at 19h30 Thursday February 18th
You will need to pre-Register for this lecture. The Registration link is :
18th March 2021 - Dr Mark Norris - UCLAN - “New Approaches to Measure the Assembly History of Galaxies”
Dr Mark Norris - UCLAN - “New Approaches to Measure the Assembly History of Galaxies”
Mark is an observational astronomer who teaches both on-campus Physics and Astrophysics students, as well as distance learning Astronomy students. He has been responsible for leading the redevelopment and upgrade of the University's Alston Observatory, as well as the training and supervision of our students as they make use of the 70cm Moses Holden Telescope.
Mark is a lecturer in Astronomy, and Research Degrees Tutor for the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute. He leads or participates in several multinational collaborations making use of the world's most advanced optical telescopes to better understand how galaxies form and evolve over time. Mark graduated from Durham University with a MSci in Physics in 2004, followed by a PhD in Astrophysics in 2008. From 2008-2012 he worked as a Research Associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, working on observational studies of galaxy formation, including the RESOLVE and AIMSS surveys. In 2012 Mark moved to the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg Germany to work as a postdoctoral fellow. His research at MPIA involved a combination of observational studies of compact stellar system and galaxy formation, and leading the effort to outline science projects for the LINC-NIRVANA instrument on the Large Binocular Telescope. In 2015 Mark joined UCLan as a Lecturer in Astronomy, teaching undergraduate on-campus and distance learning course related to Astronomy.
Lecture will be conducted by video-conference link - start at 19h30 Thursday March 18th
Register at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtd-6qqT8jHdZ0eyV36xy-7xSWxlQ9aRtt
15th April 2021 - Annual General MeetingAnnual General Meeting
The Annual General meeting, commencing at 19.45 hours, via ZOOM Video link with direct access - there will be no "Waiting Room"May to September - No Scheduled Public Lectures during Summer
May to September - No Scheduled Public Lectures during Summer
The 2021 - 2022 Public Lecture season is due to open on 14th October 2021, Coronavirus restrictions permitting