Call for Parallel Session Nominations

On behalf of the Scientific Organising Committee (SOC) of the RAS National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) 2014.

NAM2014 will be held in Portsmouth 23-26 June 2014 and will incorporate both the UK Solar Physics (UKSP) and Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial (MIST) meetings.

The NAM2014 programme will include 8 plenary lectures and two public lectures covering a range of topics including cosmology and extragalactic astrophysics, numerical modelling, solar physics, planetary science, and the current and future space missions and ground-based facilities. NAM2014 will also feature the Prize Lecture by Ken Freeman.

The NAM2014 programme will include slots for several dozen parallel sessions, of adjustable duration and format, with further sessions in the programme dedicated for poster viewing.

On behalf of the NAM2014 SOC we would like to invite from the community nominations for parallel session themes for the 2014 meeting. Nominations are welcomed for any topic of research area considered relevant to the NAM. Particularly welcomed are nominations likely to have broad cross-community appeal.

At this stage nominees for parallel sessions are requested to submit to the SOC the following information by e-mail :

1. Theme and provisional title of parallel session

2. Brief (i.e. a few sentences) rationale for its nomination

3. Name(s) and e-mail address(es) of the session organiser(s)

4. Proposed duration (how many 1.5-hour blocks?) and justification.

5. Size of the anticipated audience

6. Any special requirements

The SOC will be pleased to consider nominations for multiple parallel sessions, i.e., 2 or more sessions with a linked theme that could run across several days of the NAM programme. The SOC also particularly welcomes nominations for themes that are regarded as timely, e.g. relating to current or upcoming missions.

Please send session nominations via email to by 5pm UK time on 15 December 2013.

The NAM 2014 SOC will meet shortly thereafter to review the nominations received. It is expected that the final programme of parallel sessions will be announced before the end of Feb 2014.

Please see for future NAM details

Best regards

Claudia Maraston
SOC Chair
Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation
University of Portsmouth