ASA Annual Scientific Meeting

One of the principal activities of the ASA is the Annual Scientific Meeting, held in July each year to bring together astronomers from around Australia. The meeting offers the opportunity to stay in touch with developments across the broad range of astronomy in Australia. The meeting includes the Annual General Meeting of the Society and the public Harley Wood Lecture.


ASA2015

The 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting and General Meeting (ASA2015) will be hosted by ICRAR/Curtin University in Fremantle from Sunday 5 July to Friday 10 July 2015. Note the return to dates in early July!



Future ASA Scientific Meetings

Institutions around the country and in New Zealand are invited to bid to host one of the ASA's Annual Scientific Meetings. It offers an opportunity to showcase your institution to your colleagues and students. It also shares the organisational effort (and experience!) around the community.

The deadline for submission of bids to host the ASM in the following year is now 31 January of the previous year - e.g. bids for the 2017 ASM must be received by 31 January 2016. This gives Council time to adequately consider any competing bids and suggest improvements, allowing an announcement at the AGM in July.

For many years the ASA Scientific Meeting has been held in the VCC Common Week in early July. In 2014 we trialled a move to later in July, to place the meeting outside the School holidays for many states. A subsequent survey of the membership was evenly split between preference for the earlier and later dates. As a result the Council proposes to allow either period, generally alternating the date of the ASM from year to year, however this will depend on the preferences of the organisers of each meeting.

The inaugural ASM meeting was held in the University of Sydney from 30 November to 2 December 1966 and was attended by 130 people. 2016 will therefore mark the 50th anniversary of the ASA and it seems appropriate that ASA2016 should once again be held in the University of Sydney. The ASA Council has received a proposal for a meeting in Sydney in early July, from 3 to 8 July 2016.


Instructions for Meeting Organisers

ASM/AGM Instructions for Organisers

Harley Wood School Instructions for Organisers

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Previous ASA Scientific Meetings

An Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) has been held in conjunction with the Society Annual General Meeting (AGM) since the ASA's formation in 1966. From 1966 to 1969, the meetings were in November or December. After a transition in 1970, the ASM/AGM moved to May to coincide with common vacation weeks in a 3 term university year. This timing continued from 1971 until 1987. The 1988 meeting was in August to coincide with the opening of the AT. Subsequent meetings have been in July to coincide with common vacation weeks in a 2 semester university year, with the sole exception of the October 1991 meeting.

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