The UK National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) 2002 in the Department of Physics at
Bristol University begins at 9 a.m. on Tuesday 9th April and runs through to
12.45 p.m. Friday the 12th of April.

Media representatives are invited to attend free of charge. There will be a
press room in Room 3.27 on the 3rd floor of the Physics Department in
Tyndall Avenue (map available at, staffed
by Jacqueline Mitton and Peter Bond (see contact details above).

During the week before the meeting we expect to distribute about 14 press
notices on topical and newsworthy presentations. Our selected highlights
include black holes, dark matter, cosmology and the early universe, the
chemistry of interstellar space, the search for Earth-like planets and Comet

The full content of each press notices is embargoed until 7 a.m. on the day
of the presentation. However, short scientific abstracts for most
contributions are publicly available on the NAM web site at:

We hope to have the full texts of NAM press notices available on a password
protected page on the NAM web site between the date of issue and the date of
release. Media requiring access to that page should contact Jacqueline
Mitton or Peter Bond.

The National Astronomy Meeting (normally held annually) is one of the most
important regular gatherings of astronomers in the UK. Sponsored by the
Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) and the Particle Physics and Astronomy
Research Council (PPARC), the NAM is expected to attract about 300
professional astronomers from the UK and beyond.