Australia-ESO Conference 2019

Australia-ESO Conference 2019

2019 Elizabeth and Frederick White research Conference on

Linking galaxies from the Epoch of initial star-formation to today

Australia-ESO joint conference 18-22 February 2019

Rydges World Square Center, Sydney, Australia


Over the last two decades, the surveys mapping the Universe have made clear that star-formation activity peaks about 10 billion years ago (known as ‘cosmic noon’). The driver of this behaviour is still an open area of research. A better understanding of star-forming regions and physical processes is required to explain its rise and fall around ‘cosmic noon’. With existing observational resources, we are able to resolve many detailed questions about the physical processes driving galaxy formation and evolution, including:


  • The enrichment of interstellar medium (ISM) with metals and dust and their effects on star-formation
  • Gas infall from and outflow to the intergalactic medium
  • The role of galaxy environment and mergers
  • Triggering mechanisms of starbursts and active galactic nuclei and their feedback to the surrounding medium
  • The role and impact of gas dynamics and stellar kinematics
Cosmological simulations (Illustris, EAGLE, FIRE) indicate that the ISM and its constituents are important to understand galaxy formation but are poorly constrained. The discrepancy between observations and simulations is because the roles and physics of the above-mentioned processes are not well understood.
This conference will focus on:
  • Defining synergies between Australia and other ESO communities to follow up existing and planned optical and radio surveys to maximise impact and establish a better understanding of galaxy formation and evolution.
  • Defining questions for simulators to test and improve their simulations.
  • Encouraging interactions and collaborations between observers, theorist, and simulators internationally.

The five day conference will be at the Rydges World Square Conference Centre at 389 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000.

See the tabs above for a list of childcare facilities, accommodation, and visa requirements. There will some funding support available for students.

For more information, feel free to contact the Conference Local Organising Committee at


Code of Conduct


It is required that all participants at this conference abide by a Code of Conduct. By registering for this workshop you acknowledge that you have read this code of conduct and will respect it. Anyone who wishes to report a violation of this policy is asked to speak confidentially to one of the meeting organisers.


Invited Speakers

  • Yannick Bahé
  • Peter Behroozi
  • Julia Bryant
  • Sebastiano Cantalupo
  • Rob Crain
  • Scott Croom
  • Luke Davies
  • Sara Ellison
  • Michele Fumagali
  • Chris Harrison
  • Chang-Goo Kim
  • Annalisa Pillepich
  • Bianca Poggianti
  • Rhea-Silvia Remus
  • Lister Staveley-Smith
  • Linda Tacconi
  • Michele Trenti

Scientific Organising Committee

  • Tayyaba Zafar (Chair, AAO/MQ)
  • Andrew Hopkins (Co-Chair, AAO/MQ)
  • Carlos de Breuck (ESO)
  • Richard McDermid (MQ)
  • Paola Andreani (ESO)
  • Magda Arnaboldi (ESO)
  • Sarah Brough (UNSW)
  • Lise Christensen (KU)
  • Michelle Cluver (Swinburne)
  • Elisabete L. da Cunha (ANU)
  • Roger Davies (Oxford)
  • Rajeshwari Dutta (ESO)
  • Caroline Foster (USyd)
  • Claudia Lagos (ICRAR)
  • Allison Man (ESO)
  • Palle Møller (ESO)
  • Matthew Owers (MQ)
  • Sambit Roychowdhury (IAS, Orsay)
  • Martin Zwaan (ESO)

Conference Organisers

  • Tayyaba Zafar (AAO/MQ)
  • Andrew Hopkins (AAO/MQ)
  • Carlos de Breuck (ESO)
  • Richard McDermid (MQ)
  • Paola Andreani (ESO)
Local Organising Committee
  • Taylah Beard (MQ)
  • Michael Cowley (USQ/MQ)
  • Danica Draskovic (MQ)
  • Gregory Goldstein (MQ)
  • Lachlan Marnoch (MQ)
  • Stuart Ryder (AAL/MQ)
  • Tayyaba Zafar (Chair, AAO/MQ)


  • Department of Industry Innovation and Science, Australia
  • European Southern Observatory (ESO)
  • Research Centre for Astronomy, Astrophysics & Astrophotonics, Macquarie University (MQAAAStro)
  • The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
  • CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS)
  • Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL)

Registration and Call for Papers

Registration is open from 21st August 2018 and closes on 4th January 2019. Payment of the registration fee (A$410) will be by invoice, to be issued after registration is submitted. The registration fee includes morning and afternoon coffee breaks, lunches, the cocktail reception (17th February 2019, Sunday evening), and a gift. The conference dinner fee will be charged separately. There are limited funds available towards childcare and student conference fee registration concession. Please indicate in your registration if you would like to take advantage of these.

The deadline for submitting an abstract for a talk is 30th November 2018. Abstracts for posters are accepted until Registration closes on 4th January 2019.

Personal details
Scientific details
You may submit abstracts for a talk, a poster, both, or none. You may use LaTeX code in this section.

It is required that all participants at this conference abide by a Code of Conduct. Please confirm that you have read the code by indicating in the checkbox below.

Code of Conduct
Miscellaneous details
Conference Dinner fee $100. Conference Dinner will be on Thursday 21 February, 6:30pm - 10:00pm
If you wish to bring guests to the dinner, please select a number. Each guest will be charged $100.
Limited childcare funding is available. Please visit Childcare tab for more information.

Australia-ESO 2019 Conference Participants

First name Last Name Institution
Tayyaba Zafar AAO-MQ
Stuart Ryder Macquarie University/AAL
Danica Draskovic Macquarie University
Andrew Hopkins Macquarie University
Giulia Santucci UNSW
Paola Andreani ESO
Lilian Garratt-Smithson ICRAR, University of Western Australia
Francois Rigaut ANU
Rob Ivison ESO
Mireia Montes UNSW Sydney
Rajeshwari Dutta European Southern Observatory
Taylah Beard Macquarie University
Michael Cowley USQ/MQ
Yannick Bahé Sterrewacht Leiden
Luke Davies ICRAR, University of Western Australia
Chris Harrison ESO (Germany)
Aaron Ludlow ICRAR UWA
Flora Stanley Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers University
Mahdieh Navabi The Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM)
Hossein Zarei Oshtolagh University of Tehran
Dr.Punya prasad Dangal Shree vedic science and research academy
Connor Bottrell University of Victoria
Sambit Roychowdhury Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Universite Paris-Sud
Dr.Punya prasad Dangal Shree vedic science research academy
Mallory Thorp University of Victoria
Henry Kevins African Scientist Society
Heath Jones University of Newcastle
Joss Bland-Hawthorn Sydney Institute for Astronomy
Zeeshan Yousaf University of the Punjab
Muhammad Zaeem Ul Haq Bhatti University of the Punjab
Ruby Wright International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) - University of Western Australia (UWA)
Karl Glazebrook Swinburne
Michele Trenti University of Melbourne
Lise Christensen Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
Carlos De Breuck ESO
Glenn Kacprzak Swinburne
Nicholas Seymour ICRAR/Curtin
Anshu Gupta University of New South Wales
Sara Ellison University of Victoria

For more information, feel free to contact the Conference Local Organising Committee at

Registration open 21st August 2018
Talk abstract deadline 30th November 2018
Announcement of talks 15th December 2018
Registration deadline 4th January 2019
Reception 17th February 2019
Conference dates 18th - 22nd February 2019

Stay tuned.

All attendees will need to make their own travel and accommodation bookings. The tables below shows a selection of hotels recommended by the LOC.






APX World Square

2 Cunningham St, Haymarket NSW 2000

Ph: +61-2-9291-1900

200 m


Within walking distance

7-minute walk from Central train station.

Rydges World Square

Ph: +61-2-8268-1888

389 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000




Located at the Convention Centre

Meriton Suites World Tower

Ph: +61-2-8263-7500

95 Liverpool St, Sydney NSW 2000


5 star

Meriton Suites Campbell St

Ph: +61-2-8318-8888

6 Campbell St, Haymarket NSW 2000



5 min walk

5 star

Vibe Hotel

Ph: +61-2-8272-3300

111 Goulburn St, Sydney NSW 2000



5-10 min walk

4 star

Hyde Park Inn

Ph: +61-2-9264-6001

271 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000



5-10 min walk

4 star

Break Free on George

Ph: +61-2-9284-4500

653 George St, Sydney NSW 2000



10 min walk

4 star

Ibis Hotel

Ph: +61-2-8267-3111

382/384 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000



Located beside the Convention Centre

3 star

Song Hotel

Ph: +61-2-9264-2451

5-11 Wentworth Ave, Sydney NSW 2000



10 min walk

3 star

Metro Hotel Marlow

Ph: +61-2-9281-6999
431-439 Pitt St, Haymarket NSW 2000



5 min walk

3 star

Holiday Inn Darling Harbour

Ph: +61-2-9291-0200

68 Harbour St, Haymarket NSW 2000



10 min walk

4 star

Travelodge Hotel Sydney

Ph: +61-2-8267-1700

27-33 Wentworth Ave, Sydney NSW 2010



10 min walk

3 star

Big Hostel

Ph: +61-2-9281-6030

212 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010


$70 - $110

10 min walk

2 star

Maze Backpackers Hostel

Ph: +61-2-9211-5115

417 Pitt St, Haymarket NSW 2000


$46 - $67

5 min walk

2 star

The conference will be held at the Rydges World Square Conference Centre, which is centrally located at 389 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000.

It is located in Sydney's Central Business District (CBD) and is accessible by all transport modalities including car, bus, train, and shuttle. 3 train stations (Town Hall, Museum & Central stations) are only a short 10 minute walk and there are many main bus routes along Oxford, Elizabeth & George streets. The conference location is remarkable, a city block packed with trendy shops and many varieties of restaurants and bars. The location offers easy access to Sydney attractions such as Haymarket and Chinatown, the Queen Victoria Building and Pitt Street Mall, Darling Harbour, and the iconic Sydney Harbour foreshore. The conference will be in the main auditorium, the "Grand Ballroom" that accomodates 500 people (see site layout at the bottom), and there are adjacent smaller rooms (ballrooms 1 to 3) that each accomodate over 100 people. There are state of the art audiovisual facilities.
The transport options for visitors arriving at Sydney Airport are discussed here:
In brief:
By train

Sydney Airport is located just 13 minutes by train from the city. Airport Link offers a fast and convenient way to reach the conference venue with trains running approximately every 10 minutes. The train station is located at the northern end of the Sydney Airport international  terminal and is accessible from the Arrivals level; the train also stops at the domestic airport terminal. Exit the train at Town Hall station, or Museum station, then see the attached map for the 10 minute walk to Rydges World Square. It is necessary to purchase an Opal Card from the station. For more information, including fares, maps, timetables and travel planners, see allows you enter your origin,  destination and departure/or arrival time, and provides street and walking maps that show exact bus/train stop locations. 

Airport Shuttle bus

For visitors arriving from Sydney Airport, there are a number of Airport Shuttle buses that service the Town Hall/conference venue area. The shuttle service costs around $16 per person per trip. If you would like to book a shuttle service, please visit
By taxi
A taxi from Sydney Airport to Rydges World Square costs about $49; after 10 pm the price increases to around $56.

Travelling by car

If you would like to book a rental car or limosine, please visit

For locals driving with their own cars, Rydges World Square offers valet parking at a flat rate of $60.00 per day.






Welcome Reception

Welcome reception will be held on 17th February, 2019 at the Rydges World Square Conference Center, "The Cidery Bar and Kitchen”, 5:00-8:00 pm. The reception is covered in the registeration fee. Please check the "Getting there" tab for more information to find the venue.

The guests are not covered. If you would like to bring guests to this event, please let the LOC know at Extra $30 will be charged per additional guest.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be on the evening of Thursday the 21st of February (6:30 pm-10:00 pm) and will be held in the centre of Sydney at Doltone House (Level 3, 181 Elizabeth Street, Sydney), overlooking the beautiful Hyde Park.

The dinner fee is $100. If you bring extra guest, there will be charge of extra $100 for each guest. 

For attendees needing childcare services, we recommend the World Tower Child Care facility as it is located at the conference venue and offers a 24-hour care. The service is an occasional care service and Australians can benefit from the Department of Human Services Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

The daily rates depend on the ages of each child (below 7 years) as follows:

  • 0-3 years - $160 per child, per day
  • 3-6 years - $150 per child, per day

Inclusions each day are 5 chef-prepared meals, nappies, and wipes, linen and sunscreen. All that is required for children to bring each day is a small bag with a change of clothes, a hat, and jacket for outdoor play times. Personal items such as bottles, formula, dummy, and sleeping comforters may also be brought in if necessary.

If you are selecting your child to attend the care facility, please fill out the enrollment form attached at the bottom. A copy of each child's birth certificate/passport and immunisation history statement will also be required for enrolment. All documentation can be sent to Natalie Debes ( when you are ready. Please refer the conference in your correspondence to benefit from regular rates rather than casual rates.

For international attendees, the conference will provide some daily subsidy to assist towards the cost. Funding is limited and on a first-come, first served basis!

PDF iconWTCC_Routine_Enrolment_Form_2018.pdf

PDF iconInformation_Booklet.pdf

All travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane.

Participants require either a eVisitor (subclass 651) or an Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) visa or a Visitor Visa (subclass 600). You can use the Visit Australia website of the Australian Government to help you decide the visa you need for entering Australia.

The eVisitor (subclass 651) visa is free and it is available for short (up to 3 months) visits or for business visitor purposes. Participants must apply for it at least 2 weeks before traveling to Australia and must have a passport of certain countries (including Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.). Please check the details of your case in the eVisitor (subclass 651) visa webpage.

The a Electronic Travel Authority (ETA, subclass 601) visa costs 20 AUD and it is available for short (up to 3 months) visits or for business visitor purposes. Participants must apply for it at least 2 weeks before traveling to Australia and must have a passport of certain countries (including Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S.A.). Please check the details of your case in a the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA, subclass 601) visa webpage.

The Visitor Visa (subclass 600) visa costs 135-340 AUD and it is available for short (up to 3 months) visits or for business visitor purposes. Depending on nationalities, participants must apply for it at least 2 months before traveling to Australia. A passport holder of any country other than the ones mentioned above could apply for this visa class. Please check the details of your case in the Visitor Visa (subclass 600) visa webpage.

Conference participants who are not eligible to apply for an eVisitor or ETA visa need to request a "Letter of Invitation" to supplement their application. Please email if you need an invitation letter or any further information.