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Astrochemistry at High Resolution

A meeting of the Astrophysical Chemistry Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Astronomical Society

Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
University of Manchester
Lovell Lecture Theatre, 3.225,
Alan Turing Building
Upper Brook Street
United Kingdom

Thursday 7th - Friday 8th January 2010

Astrophysical chemistry is entering a new era with the advent of ALMA and other high-resolution radio interferometers such as e-MERLIN and EVLA. This comes alongside the recent exciting early results from Herschel and the development of high resolution astronomical facilities across the spectrum. The sensitivity of the new mm to IR instruments will reveal hundreds of lines in any one data set providing a wealth of tracer species to probe the complex chemical processes in astronomical objects. The interpretation of the forest of observed lines will be transformed by high spatial resolution imaging on scales of a few AU (within the Galaxy).

This step change in imaging capability is complemented by the increase in computational power allowing the development of more accurate and sophisticated chemical models and databases, and driving the need for many new data from the laboratory to enable observational interpretation.


To include:

Agenda and Abstracts


Abstracts (pdf)
This may be updated as not all abstracts have been received.

Invited Speakers

In addition, contributed talks and posters are invited.


The meeting will run from 10:00 to 17:30 on 7th January, and 09:30 to 16:30 on 8th January.

Accommodation and travel

Accommodation will be available locally: the LOC holds a block booking of rooms at the Weston Building Conference Centre (no. 11 on the campus map), which is approximately ten minutes walk from the Alan Turing Building. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like one of these rooms. The booking is for the night of 7th-8th January only, and the cost is 90 pounds. You can find maps of Manchester and the University Campus - the Turing Building is number 46 on the campus map, about a 10-15 minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station.

Further information including a list of hostels.


Registration costs will be GBP 35.00 for Astrophysical Chemistry Group members and GBP 50.00 for non-members. Membership for the Group and meeting registration together will be available at GBP 45.00. These costs will include lunches and light refreshments during the meeting, are payable on the day, in pounds sterling by cash or cheque only.


A limited number of bursaries are available to assist with travel / registration / accommodation costs (to a max of B#50) for PhD students and post-docs, who are members of the group at the time of the meeting and intend to make a poster or oral presentation. These are awarded on a first come first served basis and usually are awarded to PhDs first and post-docs second.


The AGM of the Astrophysical Chemistry Group will take place at 15:30 on 7th January.


Deadline 18 December: we can only guarantee places for registrations received before this date. Thank-you.

Please cut and paste the following into an email, complete and send to us at apchem2010@jb.man.ac.uk




Member of Astrophysical Chemistry Group (yes/no)

Registration fee (to be paid on arrival - select one)

Cost of Registration (Astrophysical Chemistry Group members) GBP 35.00

(Non-members) GBP 50.00

(Membership for the Group + meeting registration) GBP 45.00

Member of Royal Astronomical Society - (yes/no)

If yes - membership number:

Member of Royal Society of Chemistry - (yes/no)

If yes - membership number:

Please reserve me a room at the Weston Building Conference Centre - (yes/no)

If yes: Arrival date.......................................... Departure date...........................................

I am an early-career scientist and would like to receive details on applying for a bursary to assist in attending this meeting: (yes/no)

I wish to make a presentation (yes/no)



Abstract: (150 words max)

Confirmed Participants

To be updated.