2018 Convention & AGM

The 2018 FAS Convention will take place on September 22nd 2018 at the University of York. The convention will start at 9.00am.

Speaker lineup

  • Prof. Mike Cruise – The Gravitational Sky
  • Prof. Katherine Blundell OBE – Black holes and spin-offs
  • Prof. Brad Gibson – How the Universe will end…
  • Charles Barclay – Reaching for the Stars – developing the British entry for the Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad
  • Prof. Ian Robson – The Changing Scene in Astronomy
  • Prof. John C. Brown OBE – Sun Plunging Comets (Hypersonic Snowballs in Hell)

A copy of the program will be available closer to the date.

A number of traders will be at the Convention including:

Society for the History of Astronomy (SHA) whose main aims are to rediscover the UK’s local and forgotten history of astronomy by running a Survey of Astronomical History; to raise the profile of the history of this great science, and to provide activities for, and publish the work of, members, who may be amateur or professional historians or simply enthusiasts, at all levels.

More to be confirmed shortly.


£6 for FAS members
£8 for non-members

To book tickets please complete the online booking form. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased at the door on the morning of the Convention (subject to availability – we recommend you book online to avoid disappointment).

AGM Material

An important part of the FAS Convention is the Annual General Meeting. The AGM documents can be found on our 2018 AGM Material page, which will be updated shortly.

Directions & Map:

Venue address: Spring Lane Building, University of York, University Road, York, YO10 5DS.

The Spring Lane Building is situated in the heart of the University of York’s Campus West, the map here shows the location of the building (location D3), nearby parking, bus stops and cash points. Please note that parking is free on weekends, however, this is also the first weekend that the university ‘freshers’ arrive so it would be worth arriving early to secure parking. However, to reduce overloading the car parks we do recommend that, where possible, you use public transport. The York Park and Ride can take you into town where the number 66 bus can then bring you to the University campus. The number 66 also goes via the train station; the number 66 is every 10 minutes on Saturday, here is a copy of the Uni of York bus route map.

Please note that there are a few venues on site which sell food, such as a ‘Nisa Supermarket’ and various cafes. You are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch, and slightly further away (~25 minute walk, on Lawrence Street) there are a number of pubs which serve food.