Fwd: [Allfassocs] FAS Autumn Convention - Tickets are now available!

From: "Chris Holt chris.holt@PROTECTED [Abingdon Astronomical Society Mailing List]" <aasmail@PROTECTED>
Subject: Fwd: [Allfassocs] FAS Autumn Convention - Tickets are now available!
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Date: October 10th 2021

Bookings are now being accepted for the FAS Annual Convention in Leicester on 13th November - see below.

There is also a Word search puzzle attached to the notice on the theme of women in space.

Chris H

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Subject: [Allfassocs] FAS Autumn Convention - Tickets are now available!
Date: Tue, 05 Oct 2021 11:46:04 +0100
From: Jerry Stone via Allfassocs

Hello from the FAS.

Tickets are now available for our Autumn convention which takes place on Saturday 13 November at the National Space Centre in Leicester.

Would you please pass on the details below to your members as soon as possible.

Note that the numbers are limited, and from Saturday they will also be available to the public, so early booking is recommended.
Also note that the event will not be live-streamed. 

We look forward to seeing you in Leicester!


Jerry Stone
Meetings Organiser / Publicity Officer,
Federation of Astronomical Societies

FAS Autumn convention - Tickets are now available!

Our autumn in-person convention will take place on Saturday 13 November at the National Space Centre in Leicester.

Doors will open at 9:15am and the event will run from 10:15am to 4pm, giving visitors some time afterwards to view the NSC galleries* (at no extra charge) and visit the NSC shop.

For those able to arrive by 9:30am there will be an exclusive and free planetarium show, which will last about 25 minutes.

We are planning a major line-up of speakers.  Already confirmed are:
Matt Nicholl from the University of Birmingham - “Gravitational Waves”
Julian Onions from the University of Nottingham - “Dark Matter: Is It Dark and Is It Matter?”

Watch for details of other speakers as they become available.

There will also be a raffle, and we will be running a fun quiz during the lunch break.
The ticket price includes a snack lunch, though you can of course bring your own.
The aim is to avoid overloading the NSC cafe.

We are arranging for displays from professional organisations, and there will also be spaces for societies to have a display to promote their activities.
The society spaces are free and available on a first-come-first-served basis.

We expect a maximum of just 150 places available, and tickets must be booked in advance - No tickets will be available on the door.
This is because the event capacity is limited, and to avoid an unknown number of people arriving on the day and finding we have reached the event limit.

Tickets can now be booked through our EventBrite page here:

The tickets are just £10 for adults. Under-16s (£5) must be accompanied by an adult.
Family tickets are £20. Please write to meetings@PROTECTED regarding family tickets. We will need to know the names of all attendees, and which are children.

These prices are for members of FAS affiliated organisations. Public tickets will also be available at £15 / £7.50 / £30.

For FAS member societies, here is a discount code so that members can obtain tickets at the reduced rate: 2021FASSOCMember

Only FAS members can buy tickets until Saturday, 9 October. From that date, public tickets will also be available, so make sure that you book yours now!

On the checkout page you will be asked for the name of your society, so that this can be included on your name badge which will be given to you on arrival.

The ticket price includes

  • Entry to the convention
  • The planetarium show
  • An opportunity to visit the NSC galleries and shop after the convention *
  • A snack lunch
  • Tea / Coffee
  • Parking (normally £3)

You will need to select the type of ticket, enter the names for each attendee, your society name, and select a sandwich type if you wish to take up that option.

This will be the first in-person national astronomy event since 2019, so we hope you will join us.
The event will not be live-streamed, so if you are interested, then you need to be there!

  • To book Family tickets
  • To reserve a display space for your society
  • Or if you have any questions
    please contact the FAS Meetings Organiser, Jerry Stone : meetings@PROTECTED

Contact Jerry for information about opportunities for

  • Sponsorship, 
  • Exhibiting, 
  • and Advertising in the convention programme and on the website.

Additional information can be found at https://fedastro.org.uk/fas/convention/convention-2021-november/ 

* Note that access to the galleries will be dependent on the number of public visitors present on the day. We will be told of this around 10am.

For anyone accompanying you who does not wish to attend the convention, they may like to visit the nearby Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester's Museum of Science and Technology. It's open from 11:00 to 4:30 and admission is free.

See www.abbeypumpingstation.org and do look at their COVID notice.

Notes regarding COVID-19

The Government stated that from July 19 there is no longer a legal requirement to wear face coverings in indoor settings.
In addition, from July 19 the Government removed restrictions on the number of people who can gather indoors and outdoors in England.

As a result, the NSC has said that they will allow the rooms that comprise the Shuttle Suite to be used at full capacity. That means that social distancing will not be required.

However we prefer that you wear a mask on arrival and when moving around, though you may remove this when seated, as in restaurants.

We also expect that by November, most people will have received their second vaccination, and some may have also had a booster.

In order to maximise everyone’s safety, we prefer that adults who have not received any vaccination and who do not have medical exemption do not attend the event.
The card given with your vaccinations or a medical certification of exemption will be sufficient proof.
It also goes without saying that anyone exhibiting any symptoms of potential infectious illness should not attend the event. If such symptoms develop after booking tickets we will refund the ticket cost.

If COVID restrictions should change, or other circumstances outside of our control mean that we are unable to hold the event, a refund will be made for tickets purchased.
Unfortunately we cannot refund travel or accommodation costs.

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As it's World Space Week, which runs from October 4 - 10 each year, here's a fun way to celebrate!

The theme for 2021 is "Women In Space" and this morning the 70th woman to fly in space was launched to the ISS.
Attached is a word-search, featuring the names of half of those women; when you have found them all, the letters that are left over will spell out a message 👩🏼‍🚀🚀🙂

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