Call for suggestions for RAS Specialist Discussion Meetings 2024-25, deadline 5th April 2024

We have extended the deadline for submissions for the specialist discussion meetings for the academic year starting October 2024. The new deadline is 5th April.

The RAS invites suggestions from Fellows of the RAS who wish to propose (and therefore organise) Specialist Discussion meetings for the academic year beginning October 2024. Meetings are held monthly from October to May, normally (but not exclusively) on the second Friday of the month.

The use of Burlington House is provided for the meeting at no cost, but the RAS is open to potential organisers hosting their meeting outside London, please let us know together with some information on where this would be done. Please note that there is no guarantee, at this time, that any particular meeting will be held outside of London.

Meetings will continue to be hybrid.

To help with assessment, proposals should include the following information:

– Title of meeting and organiser(s), at least one of whom should be an RAS Fellow
– The topics to be covered in the meeting
– Rationale for the meeting, including timeliness
– Suggestions for invited speakers
– Preferred date for meeting, if any

Proposals should not exceed one A4 page in length

For information, detailed guidance for meeting organisers may be found at:

Proposals for Astronomy SD meetings (including Exoplanets) should be sent to Sheona Urguhart ( and proposals for Geophysics SD meetings (including Solar, Solar Terrestrial and Planetary Physics) should be sent to James Hammond (

Dr Robert Massey
Deputy Executive Director
Royal Astronomical Society
Tel: +44 (0)20 7292 3979
Mob: +44 (0)7802 877699
Visiting Honorary Professor, University of Sussex