The Irish National Astronomy Meeting (INAM) 2019 will be held at the Armagh Observatory & Planetarium (AOP), Armagh, Northern Ireland, on September 4-6. With astronomy becoming the domain of large international collaborations and of scientific consortia behind new instruments, telescopes and space missions, this INAM meeting will be an opportunity for Irish researchers to showcase projects carried out in partnership with international collaborators.
14/05/2019 Abstract Submission Opens
28/06/2019 Deadline for Abstract Submission
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British Astronomical Association meeting will be held in Armagh City Hotel between 6-8 September 2019.
The theme for this meeting is ‘Comets and other small Solar System objects’
The programme for the meeting is:
Friday 6th September
19:30 Official Welcome - BAA president - Callum Potter
19.45 Dr Meg Schwamb ‘Exploring Mars with 150,000 Earthlings’
Saturday 7th September
10:00 Official Welcome - BAA president – Callum Potter & BAA Ordinary Meeting
10:10 Brief intro from BAA Section Directors Nick James & Callum Potter
10:40 Terry Mosely “The closest comet approaches to Earth”
11:10 Refreshment break
11:45 Prof Mark Bailey “Giant comets and their impacts through time”
14:00 Janice McClean “Agnes Mary Clerke”
14:30 Dr Jorick Vink “The Formation of our Solar System”
15:00 Prof. Alan Fitzsimmons “Comet Discovery in Modern Sky Surveys”
16:00 Refreshment break
16:30 Prof Michael Burton “A short history of Armagh Observatory”
17:15 Feedback, Closing remarks
20:00 Dr John Mason - “Meteor Streams” Evening lecture open to all
Sunday 8th September
10:30 Sunday tour – Armagh Observatory, Planetarium Show, Astro Park
13:30 Final thanks
The recommended hotel for the conference is the Armagh City Hotel. An allocation of 20 bedrooms for Tuesday 3rd – Thursday 6th September (3 nights) are currently being held for delegates planning to attend the conference. The rates per night for these are:
To book a room:
Go to this link, click on ‘Book A Room’ and ‘Privilege Login’, enter password ‘ARMOB‘ then continue booking or contact the hotel’s Central Reservations office on +44(0)28 3751 8888 and choose option 1, or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting “INAM”. A credit/debit card number will be required to guarantee the booking.
Charlemont Hotel is a slightly cheaper option. There is no allocation for this hotel.
To book a room contact +44(0)28 3752 2028 or use the website above.
Armagh Youth Hostel is the cheapest option. There is also no allocation for this hostel.
To book a room contact +44(0)28 3751 1800 or use the website above.
Northern Ireland can be reached by air from many cities in Britain, mainland Europe and beyond. The nearest major airports to Armagh are in Dublin (Republic of Ireland) and Belfast (two airports). Travelling to Armagh via Dublin Airport in the Republic of Ireland is likely the most convenient route, as a direct bus service exists between Dublin Airport and Armagh, unlike either of the Belfast airports. Dublin Airport is well connected with many major European airports and is ~80 miles from Armagh. Note, however, that a separate visa may be required for certain nationals. Belfast has two airports, Belfast International Airport and Belfast City Airport, both are ~40 miles from Armagh and are well connected with major UK and European airports. Getting to Armagh from either of the Belfast airports will require a bus from the airport to Belfast city centre before travelling onwards to Armagh.
All buses from Dublin Airport to Armagh/Newry depart from Coach Zone 11 outside Terminal 1 (see map below for directions to the bus stop). The Translink X4 service connects Dublin Airport directly to Armagh, with a journey time of about 90 minutes.
The departure timetables can be seen from this link. X4 bus tickets can be booked online up to a month in advance, the booking page can be found here. Pre-booked tickets can often be cheaper than tickets purchased from the driver on the day, but must be booked at least 24 hours in advance of travel. If you wish to purchase a ticket from the driver, both Euros and Pounds Sterling will be accepted.
It is also possible to take a bus from Dublin Airport to Newry (X5 service) and then take a taxi to Armagh. This service runs every hour at xx:50, arriving in Newry 70 minutes later. Note that this route is operated by both Translink and Bus Éireann buses.
Northern Ireland Railways and Irish Rail jointly operate the Enterprise express service between Belfast and Dublin city centre, stopping at Portadown. Portadown Railway Station is ~10 miles from Armagh. The timetable can be found here. It is advisable to take a taxi from Portadown to Armagh as there are limited buses available.
A bus service operates from both airports to Belfast Europa Bus Centre. The Translink 300 service from Belfast International Airport operates 24 hours a day and takes between 30 and 45 minutes to reach Belfast. The Translink 600 service from Belfast City Airport operates between 05:30 (07:30 on Sundays) and 21:45 and takes about 15 minutes. Both the 300 and 600 have a frequency of around 20-30 minutes during their hours of operation.
Translink Goldline services between Belfast Europa Buscentre and Armagh (250/251/270/271) take between 1 and 1.5 hours. Services typically operate between 07:00 and 20:00, although the frequency and operating hours of these services are reduced at weekends. Please consult the bus timetables on the Translink website, or use the Translink Journey Planner before travelling.
Alternatively, Northern Ireland Railways operate rail services between Belfast city centre and Portadown. Portadown Railway Station is ~10 miles from Armagh. It is advisable to take a taxi from Portadown to Armagh as there are limited buses available.
Returning to Dublin Airport
It is important to note that at night and on Sundays, X4 services to Dublin Airport depart from the ‘Southern Regional College’ bus stop across the road from the bus station. The location is indicated on the map below. A more frequent service operates between Newry and Dublin, so a taxi to Newry may be advisable if none of the X4 services are convenient for your departing flight.
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