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Meetings

Our meetings are held in Lecture Theatre L in the Lecture Theatre Block (Level 2) of the University of Surrey, Guildford.

Click here for a map to show you directions to the University Main Car Parks. If you're travelling using a SatNav the postcode is GU2 7XH.

A detailed map (available here) shows the location of the Lecture Theatre Block (pale blue and near the middle of the map), Main Car Parks 1-4 and Bus Stops next to Senate House and North of the Austin Pearce Building. There are also more convenient car park spaces available for disabled drivers at various nearby locations. The University also has a web page here for newcomers to the campus.

For a preview of the lecture room see here

Meetings start at 7.30pm on the first Thursday of each month (except August when there is no meeting) and usually finish around 10pm. One or two meetings in the year, (including the AGM), are set aside for members only; these are indicated in our list of Talks for upcoming meetings.

Note for Visitors: To cover the cost of the room hire, we charge just £4 per meeting for adults and £3 per junior or student. On arrival, please introduce yourself to any member of the Committee (look for their badges) — you'll be very warmly welcomed!

If you have any special access requirements, please contact the Secretary,  .

Meeting Format

The featured speaker (Robin Scagell) at a meeting of the Society.

Meetings generally take one of two formats:

  • An invited expert gives a talk/presentation – illustrated and/or animated – of an aspect of astronomy. Subjects are chosen because they're topical, practical – or just interesting to astronomers. Each year we arrange a balanced mix, covering a wide range of topics. and levels.
  • A 'members evening', in which members present short talks on their own interests, projects, and topics of general interest.

Occasionally, invited speakers have to cancel, (usually at extremely short notice), and at these times the meeting often takes the form of an informal quiz, a question and answer session, or a hands-on Workshop.

After the break, the members settle down to hear the Society reports and What's On for the coming month

Typically,the main talk of the evening lasts for an hour or so, after which we have a 15-20 minute comfort break. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available from the adjoining refreshments room.

Following the break, the remaining time until 10pm usually features Society news and business, (such as the latest reports from the Observatory, Observing Evening Reports, etc), and a short 'What's on?' feature describing events happening later in the current month.

Afterwards

If there's time at the end, some members go for a drink and chat. You're welcome to join us in the bar in Wates House (see the map).

GAS Talks

Please visit the up-to-date meetings page on our new website at www.guildfordas.org/meetings for the latest meeting details.