Astrochemistry of Dust, Ice and Gas
is Faraday Discussion 168
; organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, it will be held at Leiden in The Netherlands, April 7-9, 2013.
Although this conference is for scientists, all aspects of astronomy - including astrochemistry - are widely followed by the lay public. Probably its most high profile follower in the UK is guitarist and badger fan Brian May
, who even has an asteroid
named after him, though to be fair he can hardly be described as a layman; if his musical career had not taken off he would probably have become a professional astrophysicist.
For those so inclined, registration begins on February 14.
One of the speakers will be Professor Ewine van Dishoeck
. Here she is in a two minute video 2 years ago explaining recent discoveries. There are many similar videos on YouTube, some of them quite lengthy. The RSE has its own YouTube channel
which at the time of writing has over 6,600 subscribers.