Leading astronomical research centre, Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, recently hosted the British Association of Planetaria (BAP) Conference for the first time since its inception at the venue in 1978. The September 1st event was the first in a series of four conferences to be hosted by the organisation during September 2023.

Held on 1st and 2nd September, the annual BAP conference saw a group of planetarium professionals gather to knowledge share and learn about the latest developments in astronomy and science.

The event is followed by the AM CVn 5 conference, which is being held from 5th to 8th Sept, the sdOB11 conference, which will be held from 11th to 15th September and the ESOP 42 conference, which will run from 15th to 19th September.

The fifth in a series of conferences on AM Canum Venaricorum stars, AM CVn 5 will see professional astronomers from across the globe gather to discuss one of the most exotic classes of star in the sky.

The third event, sdOB11, will be the eleventh in a series of conferences on Hot Subdwarfs and Related Objects. Hosted by Armagh Observatory and Planetarium’s Resident Astronomer, Simon Jeffrey, it will allow professional astronomers to discuss the latest research in the field.

Developed by non-profit organisation, the European Symposium on Occultation Projects (ESOP), the final conference, ESOP 42, will aim to foster interaction and collaboration between amateur astronomers and professionals.

It will be the 42nd ESOP conference and the first to be held on the island of Ireland.

Steven Gray, Secretary of the British Association of Planetaria, says, “It is a pleasure to bring the British Association of Planetaria conference back to Armagh for the first time since it kicked off here in 1978.

“Armagh Observatory and Planetarium delivers internationally recognised research in astronomy and related sciences and as the members association for planetaria across the UK and Ireland, we can’t think of a more fitting venue for this conference.”

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium is sited in a heritage environment with a rich scientific history. The organisation delivers internationally recognised research in astronomy and related sciences, along with vibrant educational and outreach programmes for all ages.

Professor Michael Burton, Director at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, adds, “We are delighted to welcome the British Association of Planetaria Conference back to Armagh as it celebrates its 45th anniversary.

“We’re also proud to welcome the AM CVn 5 and sdOB11 conferences and to host the ESOP 42 conference here for the very first time.

“Established in 1790, Armagh Observatory is the oldest scientific institution in Northern Ireland and the longest continuously operating astronomical research institute in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

“We are a world leader in science communication and planetarium innovation and are passionate about sharing knowledge to inspire future generations. As such, it is a pleasure to host these important events.”

To find out more about Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, visit: https://www.armagh.space