The inaugural Radio Astronomy Forum (RAF) was held right after the completion ceremony on 25th of September 2016 in Hanglong, Guizhou. RAF2016 had its emphasis on the history of major radio telescopes and the promises of FAST. Hosted jointly by the National Astronomical Observatories of Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) and the Qiannan Buyi and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of the Guizhou province, RAF is intended as an annual international forum focused on radio astronomy. The theme of RAF2017 is "The History, Status and Outlook of Large-Scale Radio Surveys". The forum also aims to motivate discussion on how to optimize the large surveys to be carried out by FAST. Radio astronomers and scientists in all related fields are welcome!

Main Topics

  • History of Studying Universe and Galaxies by HI Observations
  • Radio Surveys - History, Current Status and Prospect
  • The Milky Way Galaxy in Motion: Our HI Skies
  • Pulsars and Gravitational Waves

Important Dates

First Announcement and Open Registration: June 10, 2017
Registration Deadline:    July 31, 2017 (Registrations after deadline are NOT guaranteed a hotel room and a letter of invitation)
Letter of Invitation to be Sent:  before August 10, 2017
Second Announcement and Agenda Release: August 31, 2017    Pre-Pay Channel
Check-in Day:  September 24, 2017
Meeting Days: September 25-26, 2017
Excursion to FAST site:     Morning of September 27, 2017
Forum End:    Afternoon of September 27, 2017