Young Advisors Group Members

Sessions for the 2020-21 academic year have been put on hold due to the pandemic but we hope to be back up and running again soon - so keep an eye out!

On this page you'll find more information about the Young Advisors Group (YAG) with details about upcoming sessions and things that the group has recently been up to in previous sessions.

Royal Observatory Greenwich

The Handbook

Inside this handbook you’ll find some information related to the history of the Royal Observatory and the work that the staff at the Royal Observatory are currently involved in.

The handbook also contains quite a bit of important information about the Young Advisors Group, so make sure that you have a good read through it. 

If you have any questions about the Young Advisors Group or about anything in this handbook, please contact the YAG coordinator at

Sessions in 2019-20

Saturday 18th January 2020 Exhibition Q&A with the public
Saturday 15th February 2020 (Postponed)
Saturday 14th March 2020 Podcasting and research
Wednesday 15th - Friday 17th April 2020 (Cancelled) Blog - getting to know the observatory and astronomers
July/August - TBC TBC


Sessions normally run from 2.30 - 4.30pm with a short break in between. Longer sessions will start earlier. 

For the three days scheduled in April, the sessions will run from 10.30am - 4pm on each day with a lunch break and short breaks throughout the day.

Although activities have been planned in advance, there may be situations where a planned activity can no longer take place due to factors beyond the control of your YAG coordinator. If this happens, your YAG coordinator will notify you.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


In advance of each session, the YAG coordinator will be in touch with a more detailed breakdown of what the session will be about and what you'll be doing throughout the session.

To make the most of the 2 hours we have, the YAG coordinator will send some preparation work for you to complete before you come along.

This is an example of what your YAG coordinator might send you a few weeks before an upcoming session in the invitation email.

It provides some background, outlines what you'll be doing on the day and explains any preparation work you should do before coming along. 

Previous sessions

March 2020

YAG members recorded two podcasts. One was about exploring Mars - touching on the upcoming missions to Mars in the summer of 2020 and discussing why Mars is a place of great interest to scientists before putting their knowledge to the test by answering some peculiar questions about Mars:

1. How long would it take to get to Mars driving at 60mph?

2. How many Mars missions have there been to date and how many were successful?

3. Outside your spacecraft on Mars - what would be the most imminent cause of your death if you took off your spacesuit?

Have a listen to their poscast 'YAG - Exploring Mars' here:

The other podcast was an interview with a PhD Reseracher Hannah Banks - asking her questions that students considering further education would want to know the answers to like how to apply for a PhD, how to decide what and where to study and what a typical working day is actually like.

Have a listen to their podcast 'YAG - Interviewing PhD Researcher Hannah Banks' here:


January 2020

Having picked one of the moons in our solar system to research, the YAG members did a Q&A with the public in our Marvellous Moons Exhibition and talked to them about why their chosen moon was a weirdly exciting and interesting place!

© National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London