A meeting of the Astrophysical Chemistry Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Astronomical Society will be hosted by the Centre for Astronomy, National University of Ireland Galway, Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th January, 2008


Currently Confirmed Invited Speakers:

Prof Mike Pilling, University of Leeds
'Combustion chemistry and high temperature astrochemistry'

Prof Jesus Martin-Pintado, DAMIR-IEM-CSIC, Madrid
'Extragalactic Astrochemistry'

Prof Malcolm Walmsley, Arcetri, Florence
'The gas-grain connection in molecular clouds'

Dr Serena Viti, University College London
'Hot core astrochemistry'

Topics to include high mass star formation, shock chemistry, chemistry of evolved star atmospheres and extragalactic astrochemistry. We invite contributed talks and poster papers of numerical, observational and laboratory results on any aspect of these topics which will be reviewed by several invited speakers.

The conference will run from 11am on Monday 7th January to 4pm on Tuesday 8th January, 2008 and will be held in IT125 [Map], Department of Information Technology, NUI Galway.

A registration fee to cover room hire, tea and coffee will apply (35 Euro for members of the the Astrophysical Chemistry Group; 55 Euro for non-members). The registration fee is payable in cash at the meeting. The stirling cash equivalent is also acceptable (25 GBP/40 GBP) as is a stirling cheque payable to 'Astrophysical Chemistry Group' (unfortunately, we cannot accept Euro cheques). A limited number of bursaries may be available to assist the attendance of young scientists at the meeting.

A conference dinner will be held on the evening of Monday 7th January at a local restaurant (50 Euro, payable on registration). For those arriving on the evening of Sunday 6th January, an informal gathering will be arranged at a traditional Irish music pub.

[In addition, the Marie Curie FP6 JETSET training school "High Performance Computing in Astrophysics", will be held from January 8th to 14th, also at NUI Galway. The programmes of both meetings have been arranged so that it will be possible for anyone interested to attend both. For further information, please visit http://www.dias.ie/jetsetschool ]


Galway is a lively and energetic university town and tourist destination situated on the spectacular West Coast of Ireland. Galway is easily reached by air, ferry, train, bus or car or a combination of these. The University is situated in the town centre on the banks of the river Corrib. Click Here for a campus map.

Flying to Galway airport is the simplest way to travel here. Galway airport is just a 10 minute taxi ride from the city centre (cost around 15 Euro). Aer Arann fly several times a day to Dublin, Manchester and Luton and also serve Bristol, Leeds, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Cork and Lorient in France. Flybe has a route to Belfast.

Alternatively, there are a number of other access points. If you fly to Dublin, there is a direct coach service from Dublin airport to Galway city centre which takes 3-4 hours (www.citylink.ie).

Shannon airport is approximately 90 minutes by bus (www.citylink.ie or www.buseirann.ie) or car and is a hub for transatlantic flights to/from North America as well as short haul budget flights serving Britain, Ireland and Europe (Aer Lingus and Ryanair).

We have secured 30 twin rooms in the Jury's Inn hotel at a special rate of EUR86 per twin room per night with full breakfast for stays within the dates of Sunday 6th to Wednesday 9th January. Jury's Inn is situated in the heart of city and is a pleasant 10-15 minute walk along the riverside to the University.

Please fill in the accommodation form [.doc | .pdf] and return to the fax or email address provided on the form. Note that the rate is not available through the Jury's Inn central reservation system and is guaranteed until 30th November 2007.

The rooms at Jury's are available on a first come first served basis but there is a very wide range of alternative accommodation options in Galway to suit all tastes and budgets (http://www.irelandwest.ie)

A plain text registration form is available here. Please fill in and return before 30th November 2007, preferably by email, to:

Dr Matt Redman
Centre for Astronomy, School of Physics,
National University of Ireland Galway
College Road, Galway, Ireland