2019 General Assembly

Plan to be at the 2019 General Assembly in Toronto this June!

Visit this link to register for the GA: https://rascga2019.ca

The 2019 General Assembly will be held in Toronto at York University 2019 June 13–16. The theme of the General Assembly will be Education and Public Outreach.



In August 2018, the Carswell Family Foundation made a $3 million donation to York University to create the Allan I. Carswell Chair for Public Understanding of Astronomy.

Thought to be the first of its kind in North America, it will be dedicated to science engagement and outreach. It will benefit students and the public through education and activities, involving telescopes at the Allan I. Carswell Observatory, as well as novel technologies such as virtual reality. The endowment will also support the York Science Communicator in Residence program to enhance student learning opportunities in science communications. A new 1 metre telescope will be installed in the observatory in early 2019.

York University was the site of the 2008 General Assembly held by the Toronto, Mississauga and Hamilton Centres. Recently, two subway stations were opened at York — at the north and south ends of the campus making it accessible from all over the city. This also means that downtown Toronto is a short subway ride from the campus.

Program Schedule

Thursday June 13
Board Meeting – morning
National Council Meeting – afternoon
Council Meeting – all day
Welcome event – 7 pm
Evening: Observing at York Observatory
Friday June 14
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch – people are on their own Dinner – possible BBQ event
RASC – all day paper sessions AAVSO – all day paper sessions
Evening: Observing at York Observatory
Saturday June 15

During the weekend, a program will be run for members of the public. Families will be invited to attend hands-on astronomy activities and introductory lectures as part of a Father’s Day Weekend Astronomy Adventure.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – people are on their own.

RASC, AAVSO - Joint presentations all day.

A highlight of this day will be the introduction of a new book – an autobiography of RASC member David Levy. David will be on hand to preview his book.

8 pm: Ruth Northcott / Celebration of Apollo 11 50th anniversary
Speaker: James Hansen , Author of “First Man” First Man is in theatres now. It is a biography of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong. James Hansen worked with Armstrong to publish the biography in 2005.

Evening: Observing at York Observatory

Sunday June 16

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch – people are on their own
Dinner – Awards Banquet

RASC – Annual Meeting 9:00 am
RASC – National Council Meeting 11:00 am
AAVSO – Papers sessions 9:00 am
RASC – Workshops on various aspects of Society activities
– Education, Public Outreach, Light Pollution Abatement,
Member Retention, Running a Centre
AAAVSO – Paper Sessions
5:00 – Free time
6:00 – Pre-banquet
7:00 – Awards Banquet
Evening: Observing at York University
Monday June 17
Tours to local sites – possible David Dunlap observatory, Ontario Science Centre Accommodation will be available on campus in student residences or offsite at a hotel on the Toronto Subway

Visit the following link to register for the GA: https://rascga2019.ca


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