Institute of Astronomy


The Institute of Astronomy plans to host one large summer conference each year. Below is a list of upcoming and previous meetings at the IoA.

Upcoming & Recent Meetings

3rd Global 21-cm Workshop

19 October 2020 - 22 October 2020

This meeting aims at bringing together, for the 3rd time, the Global 21-cm community, both experimentalist and theoreticians, to discuss the progress in the field and the prospects going forward.

Meeting Website

Stars, to mark the 80th birthday of Peter Eggleton

1 August 2021 - 7 August 2021

A century ago the theory of stellar evolution was in its infancy.  Ideas abounded on the equation of state, the internal structure and the energy source. The next few decades saw consolidation with Saha' theory of ionization in 1920 leading to Payne's affirmation that the stars are predominantly hydrogen in 1925, Gamov's calculations of quantum mechanical tunnelling in 1925 leading ultimately to the nuclear fusion reactions we understand today.

Previous Meetings

MSE:UK workshop

25 March 2020 - 27 March 2020

Meeting Now As A Videocon

20200323: Unfortunately due to the rapidly changing Covid-19 situation, and travel restrictions related to this, the meeting organisers have taken the decision to CANCEL the face to face meeting. The abbreviated session organised by videcon is now also postponed to a future date that will be advertised in due course. Details for this are will be posted in the programme section. We hope all are staying safe and well in these difficult times. 

Meeting Website

Rocky Worlds: from the Solar System to Exoplanets

6 January 2020 - 8 January 2020

Monday 6th - Wednesday 8th January 2020 at the Kavli Institute for Cosmology

The planets that are best understood are the four telluric planets of our own solar system. Applying the detailed understanding gleaned from these bodies is crucial in our interpretation of exoplanetary systems.

Meeting Website

Cosmology: the end of the beginning. Future prospects in cosmology, large scale structure and galaxy formation

16 September 2019 - 20 September 2019

The Kavli Institute for Cosmology, 10th anniversary Symposium 

"Cosmology: the end of the beginning. Future prospects in cosmology, large scale structure and galaxy formation" will take place from Monday 16th - Friday 20th September 2019, in Cambridge, UK, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Kavli Institute. 

Registration is now open, until 1st May. Abstract deadline is 1st April. 

Meeting Website


26 August 2019 - 30 August 2019

AstroHackWeek is also an unconference and hackathon. The afternoon every day is entirely unstructured, and offers opportunities for collaborative research, breakout sessions on special topics, and application of the concepts covered during the morning sessions. Come with a project in mind, join someone else's or apply a new skill to an old problem.

Meeting Website

Kavli ExoFrontiers 2019 Symposium

15 July 2019 - 17 July 2019

Exoplanetary science is on the verge of an unprecedented revolution. With at least four space missions and numerous large ground-based facilities scheduled to become operational in the next decade, the new era promises unprecedented observations of exoplanets - both in their detection as well as in detailed characterization of their atmospheres, interiors, and formation conditions. Concomitant major developments are also expected in all aspects of exoplanetary theory and data interpretation.