Leicester astronomy conference report published in leading journal
The latest issue of Astronomy and Geophysics includes a full report on last September’s University of Leicester symposium, Observing the Earth and Planets: The Next 50 Years.
Mark Sims, John Pye and John Remedios from our Space Research Centre have written the conference report, detailing the presentations which were delivered to the seventy or so attendees.
This was the second in a brace of symposia celebrating five decades of space research at the University of Leicester, following a very successful 2010 event on Exploring the Extreme Universe. Topics in the 2011 symposium centred on Earth observation science, planetary science, astrobiology, extrasolar planetary systems, the Sun and other stellar systems, and the economic and societal impact of space including knowledge exchange from space applications to other uses. An important aspect of the meeting was discussion of plans for the near-term future, a vision for coming decades and interactions with government and space-agency strategy and policy.
The presenters’ slides are all available to download from the Department of Physics and Astronomy website as PDFs: