Convention 2013

2013 Convention & AGM

The 2013 FAS Convention took place on October 19th 2013 at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge. The convention started at 9.30am and a full programme can be found below.

SOLD OUT! We have no more tickets available as all 180 have been taken.

Speaker lineup

Dr Samuel George – University of Birmingham “Magnetic Fields in the Universe” PDF
Andrew Robertson “Building a large (600mm) Dobsonian Telescope” PDF
Prof. Andrew Coates – Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL “Mars exploration – and the ExoMars mission”
Sean Elvidge – University of Birmingham “Space Weather effects on the near Earth environment” PDF
Dr Robin Catchpole – University of Cambridge “Climbing the Distance Scale ladder to the Edge of the Universe”

A full programme for the day can be found: here.

Trade fair:

Space Rocks
Cambridge University Press
Aurora Books
Ian King Imaging
The Campaign for Dark Skies
North Essex Astronomical Society
Virtual Image
Peter Clark

Event poster:

A copy of the event poster can be found here.


£ 5 for FAS members
£ 7 for non-members

For more information and tickets email

AGM Material

An important part of the FAS Convention is the Annual General Meeting. There are various constitutional amendments being proposed and these along with other AGM documents can be found on our 2013 AGM Material page.

Directions & Map:

Venue address: Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA

The Institute of Astronomy main entrance is situated on Madingley Rise off Madingley Road opposite J. J. Thompson Avenue. The main car park is the first entrance on the right after leaving Madingley Road. It is worth noting that the A14 can be very busy and it is worth giving yourself lots of time. If you are using the bus, the citi 4 bus is the best route from the city centre to the Institute of Astronomy, though the service is infrequent. Further information can be found on the IoA webpages – a Google map of the location is also embedded on that page.

If you require a local map of the IoA please see here.

Local Information:

The Institute of Astronomy has ample car parking and please remember there is an overspill car park up by the Kavli building.

Please also be aware that there is no facilities for lunch at the IoA apart from a small vending machine. Please bring pack lunches. The nearest pub to the IoA can be found on Castle Hill/Huntindgon Road. The Castle will serve food but parking is difficult, and the same can be found with the Isaac Newtown. There is also a Beefeater pub that is further up the Huntingdon Road that has lots of parking – this is easily walkable from the IoA, passed the Chemistry building and through the University farm.