With pleasure the Standing Conference Committee announces that the next conference of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (RASNZ) will be held in Christchurch over the weekend of 4th - 6th May 2018. Our guest speaker will be Dr Katie Mack from the North Carolina State University, and the Fellows’ Lecture for 2018 will be delivered by Steve Butler. Titles and abstracts for these talks will be released when they are available.

The RASNZ standing conference committee (SCC) invites and encourages anyone interested in New Zealand Astronomy to submit oral or poster papers, with titles and abstracts due by 1st April 2018 or at such a time as the SCC deems the conference programme to be full. The link to the paper submission form can be found on the RASNZ Conference website www.rasnz.org.nz/index.php/groups-news-events/conf-next. Please note that you must be registered for the conference to give an oral presentation, and for your convenience a link has been provided if you wish to do this when you submit a paper.

Following the conference, the Variable Stars South Symposium will be held at the YMCA Christchurch, 12 Hereford Street (close to the Conference venue), starting on the Sunday evening and continuing on Monday 7th May. Details of the registration for the Symposium will be available with the registration form for the conference, and paper submissions should be sent directly to the convener Mark Blackford (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Note that this Symposium will be held only if there is sufficient interest, so please register as soon as you can.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and seeing you at the conference. Please feel free to forward this message to anyone who may find it of interest.

For further information on the RASNZ conference, registration details and associated events please visit the conference website at www.rasnz.org.nz/index.php/groups-news-events/conf-next

Sincerely yours,
Warwick Kissling,
RASNZ Standing Conference Committee