Welcome to my new look site.


Hi everyone,

Welcome to my new look site. I’m in the middle of transitioning from my old site, http://ryanlaird.webs.com/. I’m getting used to the feel of WordPress here, so much so that I’ve bought the rights to my own domain name here.

I plan to update the pages in the coming months. A lot of the material on FreeWebs became rather old and outdated. I prefer the look of this site and WordPress seems to be cleaner and easier to manage (in my opinion).

I’ve broken down my site into similar pages as before, but I am transitioning it to be more professional-looking:
About Me– will contain some basic information about me, my interests etc., which will bring together some of the other pages and explain how I got into astronomy and my other interests I will talk about on these pages.

Research – This will explain briefly the work I do currently as well as my past research experience.

Teaching – This will note what modules I teach and link to web pages which may be of relevance to my students.

Publications – A given. A list of my publications.

Outreach – I will talk about the outreach I have been involved in, the talks I give and my current involvement here at the University of Kent.

Amateur Astronomy – Where I am pursuing a professional career in astronomy, I still enjoy the amateur side. I own some equipment and on occasion take my own astronomical images. I own two telescopes and have the opportunity to make use of the University of Kent Space Soc’s telescope.

IYA 2009 – I was actively involved throughout the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). I was honoured to be selected by the Royal Astronomical Society as the UK Student Representative for the Opening Ceremony of IYA2009 at UNESCO in Paris, France.

CfDS – I have some involvement with the British Astronomical Society’s Campaign for Dark Skies (BAA CfDS). I am currently helping support their Twitter (@cfds_uk) and Facebook (“Campaign for Dark Skies“) accounts. We are also in the process of updating the main BAA CfDS page.

UKSEDS – I have recently been elected as Secretary of UKSEDS, United Kingdom Students for the Education and Development of Space. I’ll be keeping busy with this over the next year, so do expect to hear frequent updates about this.

CV – I shall make available a copy of my CV here. I’m deciding how best to present this on the page as I have a .pdf copy. My past work and involvements will be fully here.

Contact Me – I will provide the details you can contact me on here.

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