AAO Colloquia

The AAO organises frequent colloquia at our North Ryde headquarters. These are usually held Thursday morning at 11:00 am, though other dates are occasionally scheduled. We welcome talks from visiting astronomers - if you are passing through Sydney and would like to tell us about your work, please fill out the AAO Visitor Form. The ATNF (Australia Telescope National Facility) also organises colloquia at their Epping offices. A schedule for these talks can be found on the ATNF Colloquia webpage. The AAO and ATNF occasionally organise Joint Colloquia when the speaker is likely to be of interest to both radio and optical communities. These talks will be found in both the list below, and the ATNF schedule. A list of past speakers can also be found below.

Next Scheduled AAO Colloquium

David Buckley, speaking on "The Road to Science with the SALT", to be held in the AAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2) at 11:00AM on Thursday 23rd April, 2015.
Abstract:
The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) was a relatively cheap (~$20M) 10m class telescope,
modeled on the innovative HET design, for which the construction phase was completed in late 2005.
However it took a number years or before the commissioning was really completed and the telescope
only entered into full-time science operations in 2011. This talk will discuss some of the technical
challenges that had to be overcome before this. The suit of instruments will be described and some
science highlights presented, covering a range of topics and some focusing on studies related to some
of the more rare capabilities. Finally, I look to the future and the prospects of new instruments and prospects.

 

Upcoming Scheduled Colloquia

DateTimeLocationSpeakerTitle
Thursday 23rd April, 201511:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)David Buckley (SALT Observatory)The Road to Science with the SALT

Past Colloquia

DateTimeLocationSpeakerTitle
Thursday 16th April, 201511:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Prof Katherine Blundell (University of Oxford)Time-Domain Spectroscopy from the Global Jet Watch Observatories
Friday 10th April, 201511:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Rubina Kotak (Queen's University Belfast)Explosions and eruptions of massive stars: current enigmas and future prospects
Thursday 12th March, 201511:30AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Pierluigi Cerulo (Swinburne)The Build-up Of The Red Sequence in High Redshift Galaxy Clusters
Monday 9th March, 201510:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Stuart Ryder (AAO - International Telescope Support Office)The changing landscape of Australian 8 metre telescope access
Thursday 5th March, 201511:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Phillip Lah (ANU)The Cosmic Evolution of Neutral Atomic Hydrogen Gas
Monday 2nd March, 201511:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Phillip Kirby (AAO Summer Student)Development of a stitching interferometer for metrology of large optical components.
Thursday 26th February, 201511:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Joseph Rodriguez (Vanderbilt University)KELT: The Little Telescope Performing BIG Science
Friday 20th February, 201511:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Toby Hendy and Jessica Todd (AAO)Low surface brightness imaging with the Huntsman eye - A talk by the Spiderlings
Wednesday 18th February, 201510:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Rhiannon Gardiner and Conor O'Neil (Gemini Observatory)AGUSS Student Seminiars (9AM not 10AM)
Thursday 5th February, 201511:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Peter Wizinowich (Keck Observatory, Hawaii, USA)Adaptive Optics at W. M. Keck Observatory
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