SPA Convention at Cambridge, 30 March 2019

Note added 21 March: This event is now fully booked!

The SPA’s very popular biennial Convention is being held this year on 30 March. In this year of the anniversary of the first Moon landing, our theme is Fifty Years On. The venue is the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge CB3 0HA

Here’s the detailed programme.

Doors open 9:30 am

10:00 am Welcome,  followed by The formation of Planetary Systems (Prof Richard Nelson, QMUL)
11:15 am Coffee break and tour the trade stands and exhibits
11:45 am  The Pluto Story (Prof Ian Robson, IAU)
12:30 am Lunch break.  Join one of the tours to view the historic IoA Telescopes.
1:30 pm New Horizons in the Solar System (Dr John Davies, UKATC)
2:30 pm Tea break
3.00 pm The scientific legacy of Apollo and the case for renewed exploration of the Moon (Prof Ian Crawford, Birkbeck)
4:00 pm Late tea break. Last chance to tour the trade stands and exhibits
4:30 pm The Sir Patrick Moore Lecture 1969 and all that! (Prof Monica Grady, OU)
5:30 pm Draw of Raffle, after which the Convention closes

In addition there will be trade stands, SPA merchandise and displays from the SPA sections. For more details please download the flyer for the event (470 kB PDF). A copy of this will also be included in your March issue of Popular Astronomy.

Trade stands attending will include:

  • Astromedia Shop
  • Astronomy Now
  • Commission for Dark Skies
  • Galaxy on Glass
  • Society for the History of Astronomy
  • Solarsphere
  • Spacerocks
  • Widescreen Centre

Admission to the Convention is by ticket only, free of charge both to members and non-members.   We are limited to 180 attendees due to the capacity of the lecture theatre, so because booking is now closed we regret that we cannot give admission to anyone turning up on the day without a ticket.

How to get there

The Convention is in the Hoyle Building, Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA. This link gives a plan of the site. Parking is not allowed on the roadway outside the Hoyle Building. If the visitors’ car park is full, try the additional car park beyond the Hoyle Building. There’s also a park and ride on Madingley Road (the A1303) close to J13 of the M11 – alight at the Cavendish Laboratory bus stop which is very close to the IoA. Here’s a map of a wider area.

Note for satnav users: Some satnav systems, when asked for directions to postcode CB3 0HA, instruct drivers to turn up the road to the Observatory Building where there is no public parking and no direct access on foot to the Hoyle Building. Please be aware of this when approaching along Madingley Road and look for the road leading to the Hoyle Building which is close to a traffic-light controlled pedestrian crossing – see the link to the site map above.