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UK Transients 2024

Photos from the meeting, with thanks to Mike Peel

One-day science meeting, University of Leicester, 3rd June 2024


The one-day UK Transients 2024 meeting aims to bring together the UK transients community, to showcase new scientific results and current projects in the field of astrophysical transients, and foster collaboration and discussion. This is a friendly and informal meeting that provides a great opportunity for early career researchers (PhD students and postdocs) to present their work, and for us all to network among the UK community.

The meeting is open to all and will be in-person

Where and when?

UK Transients 2024 will run from 10:00—16:30 on Monday 3rd June 2024, in the Oak Room at Leicester University's College Court conference facility.

The room will be open 09:00—17:00; talks start at 10:30

Registration and abstract submission (now closed)

There is no registration fee and we will provide refreshments and lunch. Places are limited to 50 participants and we strive for a balance among the topics and institutions represented.

All talks will be in 15 minute time slots (12 min + 3 min for Q&A) and priority will be given to early career researchers.

We also plan a session of Flash talks, of 1-minute/1-slide each, for those who are not awarded a talk or prefer to introduce their work this way (note, there will not be a poster session). Flash talks do not need to be requested or registered in advance.

Unfortunately, online contributions and participation will not be possible. If authors agree, Contributed talk abstracts and Flash talk slides can be shared online. The outcome of submitted talks and confirmation of registrations (given the limit on numbers) will be available shortly after the abstract deadline in early May.

We aim to include time for discussion, and participants can also use the lounge and bar area and the terrace to work and meet during breaks, with WiFi available.

Important dates

Schedule / programme

Outline of the day

10:30Session 1
13:30Session 2
16:00Discussion and concluding remarks

Detailed programme

Talk abstracts

TimeSpeaker (Institute)Title
Chair: Amit Kumar
(Uni. of Warwick)
10:30-10:45Alex Andersson (Uni. of Oxford)Discovering radio transients with machine learning and citizen science
10:45-11:00Samuel Shilling (Lancaster Uni.)An intrinsic luminosity-decay correlation in GRB radio light curves
11:00-11:15Sayan Kundu (Uni. of Bath)GRB afterglow emission from structured jet
11:15-11:30Rob Eyles-Ferris (Uni. of Leicester)Ultra-deep cover: an exotic and jetted tidal disruption event candidate disguised as a gamma-ray burst
11:30-11:45Charlotte Angus (Queens Uni. Belfast)"Double-Acct" - the extraordinary double-peaked supernova, SN2020acct
11:45-12:00K-Ryan Hinds (Liverpool John Moores Uni.)Inferring CSM Properties of Type II SNe Using a Magnitude Limited ZTF Sample
12:00-12:30Click to see Flash talks
Chair: Miti Patel
(Uni. of Leicester)
13:30-13:45Mike Peel (Imperial College London)Detecting millimetre transients (and avoiding satellites) with the Large Aperture Telescope of Simons Observatory
13:45-14:00Harry Addison (Uni. of Surrey)Early-Time Supernova Spectroscopy with TiDES - 4MOST
14:00-14:15Aysha Aamer (Queens Uni. Belfast)Photospheric Spectra of Superluminous Supernovae
14:15-14:30Conor Omand (Liverpool John Moores Uni.)A Generalized Model for Parameter Inference of Magnetar-Driven Supernovae
14:30-14:45Simona Pacuraru (Uni. of Birmingham)Magnetic Field Evolution in Tidal Disruption Events
14:45-15:00Paul Kuin (MSSL, Uni. College London)Planning for the eruption of nova T Corona Borealis
15:00-15:30Click to see Flash talks
16:00-16:30Discussion and concluding remarks


The venue is a 20-minute walk from the main University of Leicester campus, or a 40-minute walk (a few minutes in a taxi) from Leicester railway station. The number 44 bus service runs regularly between the station and College Court. For more details see the College Court website or this PDF map. There is free parking at the venue, postcode LE2 3TQ.


Rooms are available for meeting participants at College Court at a discounted rate of £60+VAT (ensuite standard room, bed and breakfast, single occupancy). To book, please download and complete this form, and email it to, quoting meeting reference 80675. Availability is not guaranteed, therefore early bookings are encouraged. Note that the SOC/LOC are unable to make bookings on behalf of participants.

Scientific Organising Committee

Local Organising Committee

Code of conduct

We are committed to making this meeting productive and enjoyable for everyone. Please adhere to the meeting code of conduct.

For any concerns or reports relating to conduct please speak to a member of the LOC. An anonymous reporting mechanism is also available, detailed in the code of conduct.

Health and Safety

Please do not attend the meeting if you are unwell and/or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the preceding days. If you become unwell during the meeting, let a member of staff or meeting organiser know immediately.

The meeting adheres to COVID-19 Government and University guidelines, and plans the following precautions: ventilation of the meeting room via open windows, hand-washing facilities nearby, hand sanitizer and disposable masks available, and we are sourcing an air purifier unit to be located within the room which can also monitor air quality.


For any enquiries related to the meeting please email Rhaana Starling