Robert Cormack Bequest Meeting 2009

Meeting and Programme

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The Royal Society of Edinburgh Robert Cormack Bequest Meeting was hosted by the University of Dundee on Monday 27th April 2009. This annual, one-day event aims to bring together Astronomers, Space Scientists and those with an interest in astronomy from across Scotland. The programme included presentations on a broad range of subjects to give participants an overview of what is currently going on in Scottish astronomy.

Invited talks included:

"Sizing-up Extrasolar Planets"

Professor Andrew Collier Cameron (University of St. Andrews)

"Coronal Null points and Solar Flares: a study of the topology of Active Region AR0486 during the time of the X17.2 Flare"

Mr William Simpson (University of St. Andrews) - RSE Cormack Undergraduate Prizewinner

"An HST/ACS view of the inhomogeneous outer halo of M31"

Ms Jenny Richardson (Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh) - RSE Cormack Postgraduate Prizewinner

Jupiter Whole Planet Model


The Cormack Meeting programme may be downloaded here: 


The Cormack Meeting poster may be downloaded here:



The deadline for registering for the meeting has now passed. For any enquiries please contact sarahparkes[at]




For details on travelling to the University of Dundee please visit University of Dundee Travel Information. The Dalhousie Building is no. 15 on the campus map.

Please note that parking on the University campus is extremely limited. There are a number of car parks within easy walking distance of the meeting venue. Please refer to Dundee Parking Map (19, 20 and 22 are recommended)


Mills Observatory 

Mills Observatory

The Mills Observatory was gifted to the people of Dundee in 1935, with a bequest from John Mills, a linen and twine manufacturer and a keen amateur scientist.

It is the only British observatory to have been built with the sole aim of encouraging public understanding of science, and it is the UK's only full time public observatory.

The largest telescope is a 10 inch Cooke refractor. It was built in 1871 and is housed in the original paper-mâche dome, which is light enough to still operate by hand.

Not only is the Cooke a wonderful piece of historical equipment - it still has its original clockwork drive - but it also has its place in astronomical history. It was once owned by Walter Goodacre, president of the British Astronomical Association, and was used in the making of his lunar maps.

Nightly planetarium shows and astronomy talks are given to visiting groups, and the dome and telescopes are available for use on any clear night. There are also a number of interesting displays on astronomy and space exploration, not to mention a wonderful view over the River Tay.

More information can be found at the Mills Observatory website.