1. DCU ASTROPHYSICS COLLOQUIUM SERIES: Wednesday, 9th April, 2008, 3:00 pm. Research and Engineering Building, Room N115, Dublin City University. Speaker: Professor Richard Ellis (Oxford University). Title: "Gravitational Lensing: Einstein's Unfinished Symphony". All are welcome to attend. (Sorry for the short notice - I only received notification at 01.00 this (Wednesday) morning! T.M.
2. IAA ASTRONOMY EVENING, MOUNT STEWART, GREYABBEY, CO DOWN, Sat 12 April. The Irish Astronomical Association will be holding another public astronomy evening with telescopes, talks, exhibition, and a portable planetarium at the National Trust's Mount Stewart House near Greyabbey, Co Down. We start at 8.0 p.m., so have your telescopes etc ready by then. IAA members bringing telescopes or binoculars get in free; otherwise standard NT admission charges apply. All welcome. See www.irishastro.org for more details.
3. IAA AGM + 'Bring & Buy'. The Irish Astronomical Association's AGM will be held on Wednesday 16 April at 7.30 p.m. in the Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, Queen's University, Belfast. We will combine it with an astronomical and space 'Bring & Buy' sale, to start immediately after the official business. So bring along all your old or spare astronomy or space items - eyepieces, filters, finders, adapters, photo items, IT items, binocs, tripods, telescopes, mounts, accessories, books, magazines, videos, CDs, DVDs, posters, photos, meteorites, space memorabilia, and anything else that might be of interest. And bring along plenty of cash, as you never know what bargains might be there for the taking. Bring along a biro or two and plenty of 'Post-It' notes to price your items, and a few plastic bags to help your customers stagger away with their heavy loads! Also a separate price-list just to be sure. The IAA will not be responsible for any of the items on sale, so it's up to you to look after them. This is not like a 'car-boot sale' - there's no charge to bring along your items, and the IAA will not be taking any 'cut' from the sales: we are doing this just as a service to the astronomical community.
To allow room for everyone, we'll also use the front row of desks, as well as the lecture counter at the front, and maybe a table or two. So get there early to get the best space!
Everyone is welcome to attend, and admission is free, including light refreshments afterwards, but of course only current IAA members can vote on any Association business.