NEWS & EDITORIAL RAS speaks at Brexit science summit POLICY The RAS is working to science minister Sam Gyimah. some UK astronomy research make the case for a Brexit deal Discussions considered the groups. I asked the minister that allows continued partner impact of Brexit on people, fund about this but he gave no direct ships between astronomers and ing and regulation, and how answer; he did undertake to note geophysicists in the UK and EU, these affect science and engineer all comments, which are also and needs information from Fel ing. The RAS has argued that a recorded in Hansard. lows, writes Robert Massey. smooth migration is essential for The RAS will continue to Since the result of the 2016 UK science; even rhetoric about gather evidence to make our case An international referendum, government bodies, bringing the “brightest and throughout 2018. In a joint piece of MPs, peers and civil society bod best” to the UK may discourage work with the Institute of Physics, Society? ies have requested evidence from early career researchers who do the Society will be surveying their members to shape policy not yet see themselves in those research groups, asking about EU EDITORIAL I had the great and, in February, the Commons terms. There is a risk too that we funding and people. Please sup pleasure of attending a meeting Science and Technology Commit are becoming a less welcoming port the survey and respond; this of the American Astronomical tee held a half day Brexit science country: The Society of Spanish evidence will be vital for our con and innovation summit. The Researchers in the UK stated that versations with policymakers and Society at the start of this year. RAS submitted written evidence only 14% of their members would advocacy groups. If, in the mean This major meeting provides in advance and I attended the choose to come here now. time, you have any comments on a focus for catching up with summit on behalf of the Society. The issue of funding is also Brexit or any other policy area both current science and fellow Around 60 people attended, stark, with EU sources (largely, then please get in touch: scientists. including policy specialists, rep but not exclusively from the Euro email@example.com The meeting was a mixture resentatives from academia and pean Research Council) making READ SUBMISSION: http://bit.ly/2oCMNQd industry, and committee MPs and up 70% of the grant resources of WATCH SUMMIT: http://bit.ly/2Cqqzdg of established and up-and- coming researchers, excellent presentations, lively discussion UKSA funds to and “town hall” meetings focusing on key issues for the tackle global community. You can read about challenges some of the research in this issue of A&G, and expect to read more FUNDING Ten projects worth in future issues, with articles almost £40m will see UK com written by US researchers. panies working in international But a real highlight of the partnerships to address disaster meeting for me was the management, agriculture, health, opportunity to meet and talk to climate and natural resource management across the world. RAS Fellows living and working The individual projects use in the US. The RAS and our A still from the Orion movie, showing the rendering of observational data to show space based data from Earth publishers, Oxford University structure as the viewer flies through the nebula. (NASA/ESA/STScI/Caltech-IPAC) observation and global position Press, jointly organized a ing satellites, combined with reception at the meeting. RAS ground based data, modelling President John Zarnecki and and forecasting to develop VISUALIZATION Images that you quiescent and in the other it’s practical solutions to recognized I had the pleasure of saying can look around and view from active; watch and see how the problems. hello to Fellows old and new. different angles have become inter action changes. As an example of the nature of I also took that opportunity to popular with estate agents and If you are more interested in these projects, the METEOR pro ask for opinions about A&G, to holiday makers alike. Now starbirth, then a y fl ing tour of the ject led by the British Geological complement the responses to this technology is coming to Orion Nebula may be of interest. Survey will bring better under our readers’ survey. And I will astronomical imagery, with 360° This multiwavelength visualiza standing of how the people of images of the centre of the uni tion uses data from the Hubble Nepal and Tanzania are exposed be asking for more opinions verse and a 3D y fl through of the and Spitzer space telescopes to to natural hazards, with the goal from Fellows living outside the Orion Nebula. highlight the clouds of gas and of promoting better decisions UK following the thoughtful For your own journey to the dust in the nebula and the young when disasters take place – and article written by Virginia centre of the Milky Way, you can stars that form there. It was providing much better informa Trimble on pages 2.19–2.20. watch a three minute movie from produced by the Space Telescope tion about population exposure She points out that the RAS is any angle, peering at simulated Science Institute in Baltimore, and to promote welfare and economic the most international of the gas outo fl ws from Wolf–Rayet the Caltech/Infrared Processing development. stars and watching how they and Analysis Center in Pasadena, “The UK Space Agency’s Inter major astronomy societies, and interact with the supermassive California, using techniques national Partnership Programme suggests ways that all Fellows black hole just 1.5 light years from Hollywood films to give an will help developing countries benet fi from that international away. This movie is based on impression of the structure of the tackle big issues like disaster character – perhaps you can data from NASA’s Chandra gas and dust clouds of the nebula. relief and disease control,” said suggest more ideas? If so, please X ray Observatory and infrared The film is available to planetari science minister Sam Gyimah, get in touch – I’d love to hear observations from the European ums and science centres world “while showcasing the services about them! Southern Observatory’s Very wide and can be viewed online. and technology on offer from our Large Telescope. In one version GALACTIC CENTRE http://bit.ly/2oCu3QL leading space businesses.” Sue Bowler, Editor of the movie, the black hole is ORION http://go.nasa.gov/2mj4vXA http://bit.ly/2F18D6V 2.4 A&G • April 2018 • Vol. 59 • aandg.org Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/astrogeo/article-abstract/59/2/2.4/4935735 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 16 March 2018
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Published: Apr 1, 2018
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