The 76th Dutch Astronomers Conference (Nederlandse Astronomenconferentie, NAC) is organised by Leiden Observatory under the auspices of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Astronomenclub (KNA). This year’s NAC will take place on May 20,21,25,26 and 27. Mind the gap!

The 2021 NAC has concluded. A recording of the meeting can be found on the Access Astronomy YouTube channel.

Like the 2020 edition – online, during the July 2020 Leiden EWASS Conference – also the 2021 Netherlands Astronomers Conference is going to be an online event. The RNAS/KNA board has chosen for a different set-up for this 76th NAC, however. The 2021 NAC will consist of five relatively short afternoon sessions, on May 20, 21, 25, 26 and 27. An assertive SOC designed a varied program, attractive for all of Dutch astronomers, including all RNAS/KNA members, with general review talks on exciting developments, with dedicated NOVA Network afternoons, featuring contributed talks by PhD students and others, and to conclude even with a prize ceremony – please read on!

The bad news is obviously that there will not be time for social interaction during breakfasts, lunches, dinners or at the bar. The good news is that registration is free-of-charge! The RNAS/KNA Board is grateful for the invaluable efforts of the Leiden LOC and the national SOC, and hopes that many RNAS/KNA members will register for this one-and-only NAC2021 (including the business meeting on day 5). We invite applications for contributed talks in the network sessions, with deadline April 30.

Invited talks will be given by Monika Moscibrodzka (RU Nijmegen), Tim Shimwell (ASTRON), Manuela Vecchi (Groningen), Silvia Toonen (UvA), Rony Keppens (Leuven) and Massimo Stiavelli (STScI).

Concluding the first afternoon session, on Thursday May 20, at 5pm, the NOVA Information Center will be offering a special webcast, dealing with JWST, hence a Webb-cast.


The abstract submission deadline was April 30. Both abstract submission and participant registration are now closed.