DPS 2005, Cambridge, UK


Sunday Evening Reception
Free to all registrants (including drinks)
From 18:30 until 21:00 there is an opening reception at the Music School, generously sponsored by the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council. It will feature a quality finger-buffet supper on the theme ‘Best of British’.

Monday Evening
20:00 in the Music School
Public Lecture: Touchdown on Titan by Prof. John Zarnecki (Open University)
This event is aimed at the local public and schools. Any of the free tickets remaining will be available at the door on the day
(The Exhibition area in the Law Faculty will be open to the public from 18:30-20:00)

Tuesday Evening
20:30 in The Auditorium, Robinson College
Public discussion organised by the Royal Astronomical Society: Human Space Exploration - Is there a Scientific Case?
Discussion Chair: Prof. Frank Close
Speakers: Dr. Ian Crawford, Dr. Andrew Coates, Prof. Steve Squyres and Dr. Torrence Johnson
All DPS registrants are warmly invited to attend and contribute to the discussion.
The RAS is presently conducting a review of the scientific case for human spaceflight. The aim of this discussion is to weigh the scientific arguments for human and robotic exploration objectively. Many people will agree that there is in principle a place for both. The question is: under what circumstances is each most desireable?

Wednesday Evening: Choice of Gala Dinners
Cost: $55

We have arranged two magnificent social functions. Both of them will be wonderful occasions, far exceeding your experience of conference banquets in the ballroom of a hotel. These are ‘not to be missed’ functions. The price includes wine with the meal, generously sponsored by Science magazine. Other drinks will be available for purchase.

Choose between

- a formally served ‘sit-down’ candlelight dinner in the splendid historic surroundings of St John’s College dining hall, an absolutely memorable evening. The menu for this choice is available here.


- an informal Caribbean buffet dinner in the Hall of Robinson College, followed by musical entertainment from a band, to provide a party atmosphere

Tickets available on first-come-first-served basis to all registrants and guests (whether staying in one of the colleges or not.)

For those delegates who have registered for the HAD meeting there will be a full-day outing to the many sites of astronomical/historical interest in the Cambridge area, organized by HAD. The cost of these visits is already included in the HAD registration charge.

Daily Cash Bar
A cash bar is located in the foyer to the Concert Hall in the Music School, near the posters. It will be open during the poster sessions, 17:00-19:00 Monday to Thursday, offering a wide range of drinks at modest prices.

Art Exhibition
An exhibition by the UK members of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA) will be held at The Lawson Gallery, 7-8 Kings Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ, from 4th-9th September 2005. There will be a late opening of the gallery on Thursday 8th September.