Transient and Time Domain Astronomy: Robotic telescopes, surveys and the evolution of transient phenomena
As we enter the golden-age of time domain astronomy, with several wide-field and all-sky imaging (e.g. VVV, PTF, PanSTARRS and now Gaia) and spectroscopic surveys (PESSTO, LAMOST) already underway, it is more critical than ever to bring transient astrophysics to the fore. With this session, we aim to bring together the large, but disparate, UK transient astronomy community in order to build upon the growing connections between the various phenomena and prepare for the challenges that lie ahead in the data-rich LSST-era. As such, we welcome abstracts on all aspects of time domain and transient astronomy (observational, theoretical and technological), including but not limited to:

-Planetary nebulae and born-again stars
-X-ray binaries
-Tidal disruption events
-Stellar mergers (ILOTS or red novae)
-The technology and facilities driven by transient astronomy
David Jones, Chris Copperwheat, Mike Childress, David Bersier, Matt Darnley, Nye Evans, Kate Maguire, Stuart Sim, Rob Smith, Iain Steele, Mark Sullivan, Roger Wesson
C8, C9, C10, C11. Thursday 9am, 1:30pm & 4:30pm, Friday 9am