RASNZ 2017 Conference - Dunedin 12 - 14 May

The 2017 RASNZ Conference will be held in Dunedin on 12 to 14 May. The conference is hosted by the Dunedin Astronomical Society at the Otago Museum. It will be followed by the 11th Trans-Tasman Occultation Symposium (TTSO11).

This is the third conference for RASNZ's SWAPA (Students With A Passion for Astronomy) program, and at this conference students from the first SWAPA conference (in Tekapo) are among your hosts to help bring youthful energy, enthusiasm and exuberance to the conference!

Registrations now open

Conference registration may now be made using the online conference registration form.

You may also submit oral and poster Conference papers using the Conference Paper Submission form. Note that you must register for the conference in order to deliver your paper!

Conference Brochure

The Conference Brochure is now available for download as a .PDF.

Pre-Conference Excursion

On Friday 12 May 2017, delegates have the opportunity to book a cruise on The Monarch. Experience royal albatross, admire the Otago peninsula and if you are lucky, catch a glimpse of dolphins or the New Zealand sea lion.

The tour includes return shuttle transfers and can be booked through the online conference registration form. For further tour information see Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours - Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour. Numbers for this excursion are limited so be in quick!

Preliminary Conference Program

The following preliminary program is avilable to assist you with travel planning. Please note that times may vary from those shown as the details of the Conference are finalised!

Friday 12th May

Harbour Cruise – departs from 20 Fryatt St, Dunedin at 1 pm
RASNZ Council Meeting 10:30-4:00
Affiliated Societies meeting 4:30-5:30
Conference Opening from 7:30-9:00, followed by Refreshments and Socialising

Saturday 13th May

Talks 9:00-10:30
Morning tea
Talks 11:00-12:45
Lunch
Talks 2:00 – 3:30
Afternoon tea
RASNZ AGM 4:00-5:00
Conference Dinner  6:30-late

Sunday 14th May

Talks 9:00-10:30
Morning tea
Talks 11:00-12:30
Lunch
Talks 1:30-3:00, followed by Conference Closure
RASNZ Council Meeting – late

Monday 15th May

11th TransTasman Symposium on Occultations -  all day, times tba

Tuesday 16 May

11th TransTasman Symposium on Occultations -  morning, times tba