RASNZ Conference 2015 May 8th – 10th

Lake Tekapo Community Hall

The Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand conferences are an annual opportunity for RASNZ members, professional and amateur astronomers and interested members of the public to hear up to date reports and presentations on a range of astronomical activities and topics. Conferences also provide a chance to renew acquaintances, or to meet new and established friends.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Canterbury Astronomical Society as joint hosts for the 2015 RASNZ Conference wish to thank our Sponsors for their support of the conference and for their on-going support of our Society.

The 2015 RASNZ Conference will be preceded by the Mount John 50th anniversary symposium on Wednesday 6th through to Friday the 8th. The conference will be followed by the 9th Trans-Tasman Symposium on Occultations on Monday the 11th.

The conference brochure is available as a .PDF for download.

The conference is sponsored by:

Registration forms have been sent out with the December issue of Southern Stars, but you may register using our online registration form if you wish. The conference dinner is limited to 100 people and is now nearly full.

Suggested accommodation around Tekapo

Tekapo accommodation options may be found at: http://www.tekapotourism.co.nz/accomm/

Your hosts especially recommended:

Guest Speakers


This year we are hosting two guest speakers who are internationally renown for their illustrious careers in astronomical research. Both undertook research for their PhD degrees at Mt John in the late 1960s or 1970s.

Professor Gerry Gilmore FRS

Professor Gerry Gilmore FRS
Institute of Astronomy
University of Cambridge, UK

Gerry Gilmore FRS is Professor of Experimental Philosophy at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge. Gerry 's research is largely related to Stellar populations which are a great way to find what matter really is, and where it is.

He is UK leader of ESA’s Gaia astrometric satellite project.


Professor Ed Guinan

Professor Ed Guinan
Department of Astronomy
Villanova University
Pennsylvania, USA

Ed Guinan is a professor in Villanova University's Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Ed is well known for his work on binary stars.


Assoc. Prof. Karen Pollard, Fellows' Speaker For 2015

Karen Pollard is the fellows' speaker for 2015 presenting a lecture titled "Music of the Stars"

Karen Pollard is an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Canterbury. She is also Director of Mt John University Observatory. She is well known for her research on non-radial pulsations of stars, especially of the gamma Doradus type. She will discuss the science of asteroseismology and show what can be learnt about the interiors of these pulsating stars.

9th Trans-Tasman Symposium on Occultations: 11 - 12th of May

The 9th Trans-Tasman Symposium on Occultations will follow the RASNZ conference in the Godley Hotel, Tekapo on Monday and Tuesday 11-12 May 2015.

See http://occultations.org.nz/meetings/TTSO9/TTSO9.htm for further information.