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

Daniela Calzetti, speaking on "Star Formation Across Space", to be held in the AAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2) at 02:00PM on Thursday 4th June, 2015.
Abstract:
Despite many decades of progress in understanding the evolutionof star formation and stellar populations in galaxies, we have still fundamental questions that have remained unanswered. These include: how do stars cluster in galaxies, and how do these structures evolve in time? Do we actually have a `clustered' and `diffuse' mode of star formation? When structures remain bound (star clusters), how do their populations evolve? Is the stellar Initial Mass Function universal? How are popular star formation rate indicators affected by the recent star formation history of a galaxy? How are these effects impacting our understanding of the scaling laws of star formation with the gas reservoir? The answers to these questions inform our theories for the evolution of galaxies through cosmic times. Many of these questions are being addressed by recent projects that combine UV and high-angular resolution with the Hubble Space Telescope, and which I will describe together with the results they have obtained so far.

 

Upcoming Scheduled Colloquia

DateTimeLocationSpeakerTitle
Thursday 4th June, 201502:00PMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Daniela Calzetti (U Mass Amherst)Star Formation Across Space
Thursday 25th June, 201511:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Fred Watson (AAO )TBA

Past Colloquia

DateTimeLocationSpeakerTitle
Wednesday 20th May, 201502:00PMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Duncan Forbes (Swinburne University)Small Stellar Systems: Across the Star Cluster-Galaxy Divide
Thursday 23rd April, 201511:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)David Buckley (SALT Observatory)The Road to Science with the SALT
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
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