Fwd: [Allfassocs] FAS Autumn Convention 2021

From: "Chris Holt chris.holt@PROTECTED [Abingdon Astronomical Society Mailing List]" <aasmail@PROTECTED>
Subject: Fwd: [Allfassocs] FAS Autumn Convention 2021
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Date: November 9th 2021

A reminder from the FAS about the 2021 Autumn Convention in Leicester on Saturday, which must be booked in advance.

Chris H

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Subject: [Allfassocs] FAS Autumn Convention 2021
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2021 01:40:19 -0000
From: Dr Paul A Daniels (FAS)

Dear FAS Member


I’m very pleased to confirm that the FAS 2021 Convention is being held as an in-person event at the National Space Centre in Leicester on 13th November 2021.


It’ll be great to get together with friends again. We have four speakers lined-up for you and trade and local society tables. Also, for those that arrive early, there’s a free planetarium show! More information about the day (including booking details) is available on the FAS website.


The provisional timings for the day are shown in the following table but the final timings will be in the event brochure.







Doors open



Planetarium show



Welcome and safety notices



Suzie Imber, University of Leicester

The Bepi-Colombo Mission to Mercury


+ 10 Q&A


Matt Nicholl, University of Birmingham

Gravitational Waves


+ 10 Q&A


Presentation by our Gold Sponsor,

The British Astronomical Association












Ann Bonell, Leicester Astronomical Society

The Astronomers Royal


+ 10 Q&A


Julian Onions, University of Nottingham

Dark Matter – Is it dark, and is it matter?


+ 10 Q&A


Raffle Draw and Closing remarks



At the FAS Council meeting last weekend we carefully reviewed the trend in Covid-19 numbers and the vaccination coverage and concluded that, with proper observance of the now-familiar precautions, we’re safe to go ahead. In particular, please note:


ü  Tickets must be booked in advance via Eventbrite (don’t forget to use the promo code to get your FAS member discount) – no tickets will be available at the door.
Ticket numbers are limited.

ü  If you are showing any signs of Covid-19 symptoms DO NOT ATTEND. We will refund your ticket costs.

ü  Please have your vaccination card showing at least one vaccination (or your medical exemption certificate) available on entry. You may be refused entry if you do not have proof of vaccination.

ü  Please observe social distancing wherever possible.

ü  When not seated we ask that you please wear your mask (unless you have a medical exemption).

ü  When seated you may remove your mask but you may, of course, keep it on if you prefer.

ü  If, for reasons beyond our control, we are not able to proceed with the event then we will refund the ticket costs.


Despite those necessary precautions we’re sure it’ll be a wonderful day and hope to see you there.


Best wishes




Dr Paul A Daniels, FRAS

President, Federation of Astronomical Societies




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