October 2015 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The next meeting of the NIAAS will be held on Monday 5th October 2015 in Ballyclare High School Lecture Theatre, starting at 8pm. Directions can be found here!

img_3274For our October meeting we are really pleased to have Dr Chris Watson from Queens University Belfast back with us and he will be giving a talk on Exoplanets. Chris was last with us in 2011 and we are really looking forward to have him back to update us in his area of expertise 'exoplanets'. There have been some significant discoveries in the last few years in this field and who better than Dr. Watson to tell us about them!

About Chris: I am a senior lecturer in extrasolar planets and low-mass stars at Queen's University Belfast. I arrived here in October 2008; previously I completed an Astrophysics degree at the University Of St. Andrews before turning up to do a Phd at Sheffield in the Summer of '99 under the careful watch of Dr. Vik Dhillon. My days as a student ended when I took up a Research Associate position in April 2002, before becoming a PPARC Postdoctoral fellow in June 2005.
In late 2008 I joined Queen's University Belfast and moved into the exoplanet research field, though I still work on studying binary stars as well. My main interests are in developing methods of reducing the impact of stellar inhomogenities (such as starspots and convection) on the detection and characterisation of extra-solar planets. I am also interested in how hot Jupiters ended up where they are, as well as characterising their atmospheres. I am also involved in a number of international projects, including one of the UK Co-Investigators of the HARPS-N project, and I am one of the Co-Principal Investigators of the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS).

As always, refreshments and good chat will be available after the meeting!

Please note: Under 16's are very welcome but due to our child protection policy, we ask that they are accompanied by an adult.

Admission: Admission is free. A donation bucket is available at the door if non-members wish to make a small contribution.




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