ASGI - IOPI Joint Meeting

The conference is jointly organised by the Astronomical Science Group of Ireland (ASGI) and the Institute of Physics in Ireland (IOPI). It combines the 33rd Spring Weekend Meeting of the IOPI and the Spring 2004 Meeting of the ASGI.

The topic of the conference is Astronomy and Astrophysics in Ireland. All speakers will be invited to speak on a topic in accordance with this theme, but students and postdoctoral researchers are invited to submit posters on any topic in physics or astronomy ? posters are not restricted to astronomy and astrophysics. At the conference delegates will be provided with a Book of Abstracts. The detailed programme listing speakers and titles of contributions will be posted on this website later. The registration deadline is 15 March 2004 .

The organisers gratefully acknowledge support from the Armagh Observatory and the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.


Conference Programme with list of speakers (pdf, 37 kb)
List of Posters (pdf, 34 kb)

Conference Information (pdf, 407 kb)

A4 Poster (pdf, 1430 kb)

Knockmany Chambered Cairn (pdf, 394 kb)
Knockmany is the destination of the scenic hike on Saturday afternoon.
See also

Conference Programmme

Unless otherwise stated all sessions are in the St. Patrick?s Trian, Armagh

Thursday 1 April

19:30 ? 21:00

Public Lecture, Rotunda Lecture Theatre
Registration and Time for Mounting Posters

Friday 2 April

10:30 ? 11:00
11:00 ? 12:30
12:30 ? 13:30
13:30 ? 14:00
14:00 ? 15:30
15:30 ? 16:00
16:00 ? 17:30
17:30 ? 19:30

20:00 ? 22:00
Registration, Tea and Coffee
Session 1. Solar and Stellar Astrophysics
Lunch in St. Patrick?s Trian
ASGI Business Meeting
Session 2. Astrophysical Jets
Tea and Coffee
Session 3. High-Energy Astrophysics
Session 4. Poster Competition
IOPI Committee Meeting (IOPI Committee Members only)
Social Event

Saturday 3 April

09:30 ? 11:00
11:00 ? 11:30
11:30 ? 13:00
13:00 ? 14:00

19:00 ? 20:00

Session 5. Astronomy of the Solar System
Tea and Coffee
Session 6. Optics and Astronomical Instrumentation
Lunch (make your own arrangements)
Depart for Afternoon Activities (Scenic Hike up Knockmany / Golf at Armagh Golf Club / City tour of Armagh / Tour of Armagh Observatory / Free Time)
Drinks Reception at Armagh City Hotel
Conference Dinner followed by music by ?Folkus? at Armagh City Hotel

Sunday 4 April

09:30 ? 10:30
10:30 ? 11:00
11:00 ? 13:00
13:00 ? 13:30
IOPI Annual General Meeting
Tea and Coffee
Session 7. Physics and Astronomy Education and Public Outreach
Return to Armagh City Hotel
Lunch in Armagh City Hotel and Depart

Conference Information


All lectures will be held in the Rotunda Lecture Theatre, St. Patrick?s Trian, Armagh. Speakers and titles of contributions will follow later, and will be posted on the IOPI and ASGI websites. A Book of Abstracts, containing summaries of all lectures and posters, will be made available at the conference. All speakers are asked to email an abstract of maximum 200 words in MS Word or pdf format to and The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 27 February 2004 .


Students and postdoctoral researchers are invited to submit posters on any topic in physics or astronomy. Poster boards will be provided at the St. Patrick?s Trian (size of boards will be listed on the IOPI and ASGI websites). All poster presenters are asked to email an abstract of maximum 200 words in MS Word or pdf format to and The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 27 February 2004 .

Note that all posters should be put up on display on Thursday evening 1 April, and be available for viewing from 9.00 on Friday 2 April to 13.00 on Sunday 4 April. Judging will take place from 17.30 to 19.30 on Friday evening, and the results will be announced and prizes awarded at the conference dinner on Saturday evening.

Lunches and Conference Dinner

The Conference Dinner on Saturday Evening 3 April and the Lunch on Sunday 4 April will be held at the Armagh City Hotel. Delegates are asked to make reservations for these on the registration form. A simple finger buffet lunch will be served in St. Patrick?s Trian on Friday 2 April. Delegates are asked to make their own arrangements for lunch on Saturday 3 April. St. Patrick?s Trian also has a cafeteria where lunches are available, and there are several other nearby restaurants.


The conference hotel is the Armagh City Hotel (2 Friary Road, Armagh, Delegates are requested to make their own reservations for accommodation. All 80 rooms in the Armagh City Hotel have been reserved for delegates and accompanying persons on a first-come first-served basis. The Armagh City Hotel offers rooms from 39.50 per night per person sharing, including breakfast. The single room supplement is 28.50.

Delegates wishing to stay at the Armagh City Hotel should make room reservations before 15 March 2004 by contacting:

Elaine Hill
tel. +44 (0) 28 ? 9038 5050
Conference delegates should quote: Ref. nr. INS 02044

For delegates wishing to avail of other accommodation, a full list of accommodation in Armagh can be found at


Armagh is a major European Heritage Centre and has many attractions of historical and cultural interest. Armagh is a Traditional Market Town and offers many opportunities for shopping. Armagh was founded by St. Patrick in A.D. 444 and is known as the Christian Capital of Ireland. For more information visit, or contact the Armagh Tourist Information Centre by phoning +44 (0) 28 - 3752 1800.

The LA Fitness Leisure Centre and Pool Complex at the Armagh City Hotel will be available throughout the weekend for all conference attendees and families.

Organising Committee

Astronomical Science Group of Ireland (

Prof. Tom Ray (Chair)
Prof. Mark Bailey
Dr. Creidhe O?Sullivan (Secretary)

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Armagh Observatory
National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Institute of Physics in Ireland (

Prof. Martin Henry (Chair)
Dr. Julie Corbett (Co-Chair)
Dr. Peter van der Burgt (Secretary)
Dr. Jason Greenwood (Treasurer)
Dr. Denise Gabuzda
Alison Hackett

Dublin City University
Northern Ireland Business Education Partnership
National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Queen?s University, Belfast
University College Cork
IOP Representative in Ireland

Conference Map

The scientific sessions will be held in the St. Patrick's Trian in Armagh.

The Conference Dinner, Sunday Lunch and other social events will be held in the Armagh City Hotel.

Institute of Physics, London IoP in Ireland
Peter van der Burgt, , March 2004