The Royal Astronomical Society is a non-profit organisation that represents astronomers and geophysicists in the UK and throughout the world. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to apply to become a member of the Society, which we call Fellows.
Only about 18% of our current fellowship identify their sex as female, and our latest demographic survey shows that 91% of UK Fellows are white, compared to 82% in the UK as a whole. We have very little data on gender identity or sexuality, however we know LGB+ women are significantly underrepresented.
We represent the views of Fellows to international bodies, like the European Union and European Space Agency, we also lobby the government and funding agencies in order to maintain funding.
The voices of Fellows are heard by policy makers.
But we cannot properly represent the views of scientists worldwide if we do not have a diverse Fellowship.
We need you!
Fellows pay a small fee, starting at £1 for students. As well as international representation, this will give you the ability to vote on Members of the RAS Council, who direct and manage the society.
Fellows also gain access to research and travel grants and use of our facilities at Burlington House, a two-minute walk from Piccadilly Circus.
Fellows can hire the council room and our 100-seat lecture theatre for free, provided that the event is related to the aims of the society. They can also freely attend all RAS scientific meetings and lectures in Burlington House, borrow books from the RAS library, and use our Fellow's Room.
Other benefits include:
- Access to the RAS jobs list.
- Print and online copies of our house journal Astronomy & Geophysics.
- Online access to RAS’s research journals Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and Geophysical Journal International. There are also large discounts on print editions.
- A yearly diary, full of astronomical information.
- Reduced membership rates for other societies affiliated to the RAS.
- Discounted registration fees at the annual RAS National Astronomy Meeting.
How to apply
For more information about applying, please see 'How to Join', or call us on +44 (0)20 7734 4582 or +44 (0)20 7734 3307. We are open from 9:30am to 5:30pm from Monday to Friday, except during holidays.
Our postal address is:
Royal Astronomical Society
London W1J 0BQ