Space dust: A mini symposium with Nature Astronomy

What is the purpose of dust in our Universe? Experts in astronomy discuss how dust is a key ingredient to the formation of our Solar System, the development of life and even in understanding a galaxy.

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Feb 26, 2019

Listen to experts across astronomy fields gather to discuss dust in space. Why exactly is dust important and why do we need it to understand the Universe? This symposium will be hosted by research experts and attended by both students and members of the public interested in everything from asteroids to planet formation to galaxies. This is an exciting opportunity to see cutting edge research and discussion in action.  This event takes place at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, on 8 March 2019, 6-10pm. Details:

Four scientists will gives talks on space dust spanning different size scales in our Universe. Together, they will touch on topics from galaxies, the formation of a solar system, small rocky bodies (asteroids and comets) and how the conditions for space are being recreated in laboratories. After the talks, our cafe will be open with food and drinks available for purchase. The event wraps up with a Q&A panel session back in the planetarium with the scientists.

Age Recommendation: 14+ yrs

NOTE: For University Student tickets, please contact the Bookings Team at telephone number +44 (0)20 8312 6608 or email with subject 'FREE SPACE DUST'. University students must bring a valid Student ID with them on arrival.

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May Chiao

Chief Editor, Nature Astronomy

May started as a locum editor at Nature in 2003, and then joined the launch team of Nature Physics, handling a range of topics from condensed matter physics to networks to astrophysics. In 2016, she became Chief Editor of Nature Astronomy, which launched in 2017. May holds a physics degree from the University of British Columbia, and was a budding radio astronomer at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in Ottawa. She changed course as a PhD student at McGill University, where she specialised in superconductivity. For her postdoctoral work at the University of Cambridge and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, she further branched into strongly correlated magnetic materials that could be tuned using high pressure and magnetic fields. With all of these varied interests, being an editor with an overview of many subjects has been the ideal career choice.


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Ruth Milne 20 days ago

This sounds fun!