Multiwavelength Dissection of Galaxies

24 – 29 May 2015 – Coogee Beach, Sydney, Australia

The Southern Cross Astrophysics Conferences, which are  jointly supported by the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) and the CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS), are held annually around Australia with the aim of attracting international experts with wide ranging skills to discuss a particular astrophysical topic. The conference "Multiwavelength dissection of galaxies", which will be held in Coogee Beach, Sydney between 24 - 29 May 2015, will be the 8th of the Southern Cross Conference Series, and will focus on galaxy evolution, combining resolved optical/near-infrared integral field spectroscopy (IFS) data with other multiwavelength properties (from X-ray to radio) of nearby galaxies plus giving the view of what is known in our Milky Way. This Conference expects to bring together observations and the best available theoretical models to create a more complete picture of how galaxies, and in particular our Milky Way, formed and evolved.
UPDATE 19 May 2015: The final Conference Program, the Conference Booklet, and the lists of contributed talks and posters are available in the Conference Program webpage. Please check the details of how getting to the Conference Venue and the Social Events (Welcome Cruise Cocktail, Conference Dinner, Sydney Observatory) and hints of how to move around Sydney using public transport in the Venue and Accommodation webpage. This information has been also sent to all registered participants in the Final Announcement.
Conference Poster
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The number of studies of galaxies using integral field spectroscopy (IFS) is rapidly increasing as a consequence of surveys such as ATLAS-3D, CALIFA, SAMI, or MANGA. IFS techniques allow to spatially resolve internal properties of galaxies with unprecedented detail, and therefore they are providing key clues for understanding the structural components of galaxies, their star-formation activity, kinematics, stellar populations, metal distribution, and nuclear activity, as well as how galaxies evolve with time. Nevertheless, for a complete picture of how galaxies work it is crucial to use other multi-wavelength results, targeting galaxies in X-ray, ultraviolet, infrared, and radio frequencies. In particular, HI radio-surveys such as HIPASS, LVHIS, THINGS, Little-THINGS, ALFALFA, HALOGAS or WALLABY are essential to trace the neutral gas content of galaxies, as it provides key information about how the cold gas in converted into stars and galaxy dynamics.

At the same time we are notably increasing our knowledge of the structure and composition of the Milky Way. This is possible thanks to the combination of very detailed observations of individual stars (such those coming from the RAVE or GALAH surveys), detailed analyses of Galactic nebulae, large field studies of the interstellar medium (ISM), and surveys searching for the diffuse gas with and around our Galaxy.

Furthermore the latest generation of galaxy simulations are pushing forward higher-resolution, more realistic galaxies which many physical processes included, that trace galaxy evolution following the hierarchical LCDM scenario.

The aim of this Conference is to bring together international experts in both Galactic and extragalactic astronomy to discuss the different components of a galaxy: stars, gas, dust, and dark matter, and where these components are found within and around galaxies, from both an observational (from radio to X-rays, but with a fundamental optical/NIR IFS component) and a theoretical point of view (from the most recent simulations of galaxy assembly to models reproducing the chemical evolution of galaxies), with the final objective of getting a better understanding on the processes that rule the evolution of the galaxies.


Science Topics:

  • Structure of the Milky Way: Galactic centre, bulge, thin and think discs, halo, and surroundings.
  • Properties of the ISM (physical and chemical properties of neutral and ionized gas, dust) of the Milky Way.
  • Galactic Archeology in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies.
  • Spatially resolved properties of stellar populations, gas, and dust in galaxies.
  • Neutral gas distribution (atomic and molecular) in and around galaxies.
  • Star-formation in galaxies: how gas is processed into stars and how efficient this process is.
  • Metal distribution in and around galaxies and chemical evolution of galaxies.
  • The role of feedback (stellar winds, SNe and AGN) in regulating star-formation and galaxy evolution.
  • Gas stripping, gas inflows and minor/major mergers as drivers of galactic evolution.
  • Theoretical modelling and empirical constraints of galaxy formation and evolution


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  • Martin Asplund: The Gaia-ESO Survey
  • Joss Bland-Hawthorn: Near-field cosmology (R)
  • Alessandro Boselli: Dust in galaxies: the Herschel view (R)
  • Richard Bower: EAGLE simulations and links between simulations and observations
  • Julia Bryant: HECTOR: a high-multiplex survey instrument for spatially-resolved galaxy spectroscopy
  • Ricardo Carrera: The Apache Point Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) and the Open Cluster Chemical Abundances from Spanish Observatories survey (OCCASO)
  • César Esteban: The physical and chemical properties of the interstellar medium of the Milky Way (R)
  • Lisa Fogarty: Kinematics of galaxies using the SAMI Galaxy Survey
  • Rosa González Delgado: Stellar populations in nearby galaxies using the CALIFA survey
  • Andrew Hopkins: TAIPAN, HECTOR and the future of IFU studies in the era of panchromatic sky surveys
  • Lisa Kewley: Scientific highlights of the SAMI Galaxy Survey
  • Baerbel Koribalski: Diffuse gas around galaxies and current HI surveys (R)
  • Claudia Lagos: Evolution of molecular and atomic gas and stars in galaxies and scaling relations
  • Geraint Lewis: Galactic Archaeology in the Local Group
  • Sarah Martell: An introduction to the GALAH (Galactic Archaeology with HERMES) survey
  • Naomi McClure-Griffiths: Neutral gas within and around the Milky Way (R)
  • Richard McDermid: A review of extragalactic IFS surveys (ATLAS-3D, CALIFA, SAMI, MANGA) (R)
  • Martin Meyer: Future Galactic and extragalactic HI surveys
  • Mercedes Mollá: Chemical evolution models of galaxies including the Milky Way
  • Molly Peeples: The circumgalactic medium
  • Jill Rathborne: Star formation in the Milky Way and implications for other galaxies
  • Jorge Sánchez Almeida: Evidence for gas accretion from the cosmic web feeding star formation in the local Universe
  • Stas Shabala: Resolving the mysteries of AGN feedback: radio jets, galaxies and citizen science
  • Evan Skillman: The physical and chemical properties of the interstellar medium of nearby galaxies (R)
  • Christy Tremonti: Exploring chemical evolution of galaxies with the MANGA survey
  • Jakob Walcher: Properties of HII regions of galaxies using the CALIFA survey
  • Rosemary Wyse: The Structure of the Milky Way (R)

(R) = Review talk.

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First name Surname Affiliation
Borja Anguiano Macquarie University
Yago Ascasibar Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Martin Asplund Australian National University
Christina Baldwin Macquarie University
Kaushala Bandara Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
Jorge Karolt Barrera-Ballesteros Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
Amanda Bauer AAO
Danielle Berg University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Fuyan Bian Australian National University
Rebecca Blackwell University of Adelaide
Joss Bland-Hawthorn University of Sydney
Jessica Bloom University of Sydney
Paolo Bonfini Swinburne University of Technology
Alessandro BOSELLI Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille
Richard Bower Institute for Computational Cosmology, Durham University
Catherine Braiding UNSW
Sarah Brough AAO
Michael Brown Monash University
Julia Bryant Usyd/AAO
Michael Burton UNSW
Daniela Calzetti University of Massachusetts
Russell Cannon AAO
Ricardo Carrera Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias
David Carton Leiden Observatory
Javier Casado Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Gerald Cecil University of North Carolina
Matthew Colless ANU
Asantha Cooray University of California, Irvine
Warrick Couch AAO
Scott Croom University of Sydney
Francesco D'Eugenio RSAA - ANU
Elisabete da Cunha Swinburne University of Technology
Kalliopi Dasyra University of Athens
Rebecca Davies Australian National University
Adriana de Lorenzo-Cáceres University of St Andrews
Helga Denes CSIRO, ANU
Ralf-Juergen Dettmar Ruhr-University Bochum
Aaron Dotter RSAA/ANU
Oleg Egorov Sternberg Astronomical Institute of Lomonosov Moscow State University
Cesar Esteban Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias
Joao Ferreira IfA Edinburgh
Miroslav Filipovic University of Western Sydney
David Fisher Swinburne
Lisa Fogarty University of Sydney/CAASTRO
Katinka Gereb Swinburne University
Tobias Goerdt University of Vienna
Gregory Goldstein Macquarie University
Rosa González Delgado Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC)
Andrew Green Australian Astronomical Observatory
Claire-Elise Green UNSW/CSIRO
Brent Groves RSAA, ANU
Amanda Heiderman University of Virginia/ NRAO
Maren Hempel Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
I-Ting Ho Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii
Lindsay Holmes Royal Military College of Canada
Andrew Hopkins Australian Astronomical Observatory
Bernd Husemann European Southern Observatory
Elaina Hyde University of Western Sydney
Helmut Jerjen Australian National University
Megan Johnson CSIRO
Evelyn Johnston ESO, Chile
Prajwal Kafle ICRAR, University of Western Australia
Carolina Kehrig Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia (IAA - CSIC)
Lisa Kewley Australian National University
Amy Kimball CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science
Alice Koning University of Alberta
Iraklis Konstantopoulos Australian Astronomical Observatory
Baerbel Koribalski Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO
Claudia Lagos ESO, ICRAR
Cornelia Lang University of Iowa/University of Tasmania
Federico Lelli Case Western Reserve University
Sarah Leslie RSAA ANU
Geraint Lewis The University of Sydney
Liggifteliall Liggifteliall JF Tech
Liggifteliall Liggifteliall Carnegie Mellon
Angel Lopez-Sanchez Australian Astronomical Observatory / Macquarie University
Katharina Lutz Swinburne University of Technology & Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO
Sarah Martell University of New South Wales
Josh Marvil CSIRO
Naomi McClure-Griffiths ANU
Richard McDermid Macquarie University / AAO
Rebecca McElroy University of Sydney
Stacy McGaugh Case Western Reserve University
Brendan McMonigal Sydney Institute for Astrophysics (SIFA), University of Sydney
Kristen McQuinn Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics
Anne Medling ANU
Jairo Mendez Abreu University of St Andrews
Martin Meyer ICRAR/UWA
Mallory Mitchell Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics
Amanda Moffett ICRAR, University of Western Australia
Mercedes Mollá CIEMAT
Abdias Morales University of Guanajuato
Manuel Emilio Moreno-Raya CIEMAT
Colin Navin Macquarie University
Michael Opitsch Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
Matt Owers Macquarie University and Australian Astronomical Observatory
Sinem Ozbilgen University of Melbourne
Molly Peeples Space Telescope Science Institute
Gabriele Pezzulli University of Bologna
Richard Pogge The Ohio State University, Department of Astronomy
Attila Popping ICRAR / UWA
Lorenzo Posti University of Bologna
Michael Pracy University of Sydney
Miguel Querejeta Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Alireza Rahmati University of Zurich
Jill Rathborne CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science
David Rebolledo University of Sydney-UNSW
David Rupke Rhodes College
Stuart Ryder AAO
Fadia Salmi KIAS
Jorge Sanchez Almeida Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias
Adam Schaefer University of Sydney
Julia Scharwaechter Observatoire de Paris, LERMA
Nicholas Scott University of Sydney
Paolo Serra CSIRO ATNF
Stas Shabala University of Tasmania
Rob Sharp ANU
Maryam Shirazi ETH Zurich
Jeffrey Simpson Australian Astronomical Observatory
Evan Skillman Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics
Lee Spitler Macquarie University / Australian Astronomical Observatory
Sarah Sweet RSAA, ANU
Matthew Taylor Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile/ESO
Edward Taylor The Univ. of Melbourne
Thorsten Tepper-García Sydney Institute for Astronomy
Laura Toribio San Cipriano Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)
Christy Tremonti University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jesse van de Sande Sydney Institute for Astrophysics (SIFA), University of Sydney
Frédéric Vogt The Australian National University
Jakob Walcher Leibniz Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam
Fred Watson AAO
Coral Wheeler UC Irvine
Angus Wright ICRAR/UWA
Rosemary Wyse Johns Hopkins University
Tye Young RSAA, ANU

Registration and Call for Papers

Registration is open from December 8th, 2014 and closes on Wednesday 6th May, 2015. The Payment of the Registration fee (A$ 500) is due by Wednesday 6th May, 2015. Only Credit Card transactions using MasterCard or VISA card are accepted. The fee includes coffee breaks, lunches, the Cocktail reception cruise on Sunday evening, the Conference Dinner, an USB disk with documentation and a gift.

The Payment Form can be downloaded in PDF or MS Word formats and must include the Invoice Number which is generated during the registration process. You can use the Payment Form twice if needed (e.g., one with the Registration and another with the details of guests coming to the Cocktail Cruise or the Conference Dinner). Please do not forget to include the Invoice Number in any case.

The deadline for submitting an abstract for a talk was February 10th, 2015 and hence contributed talks are not longer considered. Abstracts for posters are accepted until Registration closes on Wednesday 6th May, 2015.

The Conference Venue is located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the famous Coogee Beach, Sydney, Australia. Coogee Beach is located 8 kilometres south-east of the Sydney central business district (Sydney CBD), 11 kilometres east of the Sydney International Airport, and 5 kilometres south of very famous Bondi Beach.

Coogee Beach and Crown Plaza Hotel

Getting There

The Crown Plaza Hotel at Coogee Beach Location webpage has information about how to reach the hotel from Sydney CBD and from the airport. The address is

Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach
242 Arden Street
NSW, 2034

From/To the Airport

The Crowne Plaza Hotel is about 15 min via car from the airport. We strongly recommend to take a taxi from the Airport instead of using any other public transport. Average fares from the International Terminal is about $45 AUD, and about $35 AUD from the Domestic Terminal.

Alternatively, you can take a train (T2) from the Airport to Central Station, walk to Elizabeth St (about 6 minutes), and take the M50 bus to Arden St in Coogee Beach, the hotel is just at 2 minutes walk. The average travel time is around 50 minutes and costs $19 AUD on an Opal Card. You will have to get the bus ticket for the M50 elsewhere (Central Station), as tickets are not sold on this route. This trip will be a bit more expensive ($22 - $24 AUD) if you do not have an Opal Card.

From/to the Sydney CBD (City Centre)

Public transportation is much better for getting to the CBD.  The best way is to take either the Metro Bus M50 or Bus 373, which both go all the way to the Queen Victory Building (QVB) and it takes about 40 min and costs about $3.50 AUD one way on an Opal Card. Bus 374 can be also used to reach the CBD from Coogee Beach. The taxi fares for travel between Coogee Beach and the CBD run about $30 AUD and the travel time is roughly 20 min.  

Coogee Map

Moving around

The social events (public talk, welcome cruise, conference dinner, Sydney Observatory visit) are not within walking distance of the conference venue. We strongly recommend you get an Opal Card for use on public transport (all buses, trains and ferries), which is free with a minimum $20 top-up. Another option is getting a MyBus TravelTen Ticket (but this is only valid for buses).Note that many buses in Sydney do not sell tickets, so you have to purchase an Opal Card or prepaid ticket in advance.
Opal Card and bus tickets can be bought in the Airport, Central Station, or in any news agency. The closest newsagency to the Conference Hotel is Coogee Beach News, 252 Arden St. LOC members will be available to help you get to the conference dinner.
A useful webpage to find all the information on the public transportation in Sydney and plan the trips is Sydney Transportation website. Some phone numbers for Taxi companies in Sydney are:

- Taxis Combined: 13 33 00

- Silver Service: 13 31 00

- Legion Cabs: 13 14 51


Parking options at the Crown Plaza Hotel

For those who prefer driving to the Conference Hotel in Coogee Beach, it is possible to use the car parking available underneath the hotel, with the following charges associated:

$5.00 per hour
$18.00 per day
$25.00 overnight

Please enter to the Hotel Parking using Carr St.


Special Accommodation prices at Crown Plaza Hotel (already expired)

Crowne Plaza Hotel offered us a special price for each double room, all equipped with a king size bed or two double size beds. For registered participants of this conference the rooms are:

  • Village View Room: AUD 205.00 per night without breakfast
  • Village View Room: AUD 230.00 per night including breakfast
  • Deluxe Ocean View Room: AUD 285.00 per night without breakfast
  • Deluxe Ocean View Room: AUD 310.00 per night with breakfast

These special rates are only valid for bookings at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Coogee Beach between Saturday 23rd and Sunday 31st May 2015, both dates included. The deadline of this offer was April 22nd, 2015.

Crown Plaza Hotel at Coogee Beach

 Photos of the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Coogee Beach.
Top-left: View from the Hotel. Top-right: Village View Room. Bottom-left: Swimming pool. Bottom-right: Ocean View Room.

Participants have to organize their hotel booking by themselves. Once you complete the Registration Form you'll receive instructions of how to proceed with the hotel booking getting these special rates.


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  • September, 9th, 2014: SOC and LOC formed. Webpage ready. Conference listed in CADC.
  • October 22nd, 2014: 66% of Invited speakers confirmed, 1st Announcement.
  • December 8th, 2014: 2nd Announcement and Registration and Call for Papers open.
  • February 6th, 2015: Call for Talks closes. EXTENDED until February 10th.
  • March 18th, 2015: Release of the Preliminary Program Schedule.
  • March 27th, 2015: Release of the 3rd Announcement.
  • April 22nd, 2015: Deadline for special room rates for booking at the Crowne Plaza Hotel
  • May 6th, 2015: Registration closes. Call for Posters closes. Deadline payment registration fee. Deadline payment for any extras.
  • May 19th, 2015: Final Announcement.
  • May 24th, 2015 - 2:00pm Public Event at the PowerHouse Museum during VIVID Sydney Festival.
  • May 24th, 2015 - 5:15pm Harbour Cruise Cocktail during VIVID Sydney Festival.
  • May 25th - 29th, 2015: Conference dates. See Program Schedule.
  • Tuesday, May 26th - 6:00pm: Wine Tasting & Wood-fired Pizza.
  • Wednesday, May 27th - 6:15pm: Visit to Sydney Observatory and Stargazing.
  • Thursday, May 28th - 7:00pm: Conference Dinner.
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Harbour Cruise Welcome Cocktail on Sunday, 24th May

Vivid Sydney is an annual event including  Sydney's most spectacular outdoor lighting, music & ideas festival. A superb lighting display illuminates the iconic Sydney Harbourside buildings and is spectacular to view from the water.  We have therefore organised a Conference Cruise for the Sunday night, the 24th May 2015, to take you out on Sydney Harbour for 2 hours to see this light show. This is timed to be after the public event which is being held at the Power House Museum at in the afternoon (starts at 2:00 pm and  finishes at around 3:30 pm). It is then only a 20 minute stroll to Pier 26 (beside Sydney Aquarium).

Sydney Vivid - Harbour Bridge

This special Vivid Lights cruise departs at 5.15pm sharp and includes two complimentary drinks (glass of house wine or beer or soft drink) and light finger food. Please be there at 5pm at latest, in order we hand out the drinks tokens (two per person) and be ready to depart at 5:15pm. The sun will be setting over the harbour as we depart, and the Vivid lights come on at 6pm. We return to the wharf at 7:30 pm and you will disembark at Darling Harbour where you can stroll along the Vivid Walk. Darling Harbour is a centre for public activities and events surrounding the Vivid festival and has many popular restaurants for dinner after the cruise if you wish.
The price of the Cruise Welcome Cocktail is included in the Conference Fee for all registered participants. Attendees can also choose to bring family members or guests on the cruise at a cost of $45 per head. Please use our Registration Form to pay for these extras. You can use a separate Registration Form if you wish to pay using a different credit card. The Payment Form can be downloaded in PDF or MS Word formats and must include the Invoice Number which is generated during the registration process. The deadline was Wednesday 6th May.
For getting from Coogee to Darling Harbour, the quickest option is to take bus M50 or 373 from the corner of the Crown Plaza Hotel (see Coogee map below) and stop in Druit St cr. Kent St. (M 50) or Elizabeth St (after Park St), and walk from there to the Sydney Aquarium (10 and 17 minutes, respectively, see Darling Harbour and City Centre map below). The total time trip from the Crown Plaza Hotel in Coogee beach is around 50 minutes.

Sydney Vivid - Opera House

Wine Tasting and Pizza on Tuesday, 26th May

We are organising an Australian Wine Tasting session at the Conference Hotel on the evening of Tuesday 26th May, to start at around 6pm. 8 Australian wines (1 sparking wine, 3 white wines, 4 red wines) from different regions in Australia will be available for tasting. The event includes Wood-Fired Pizzas for the participants. This activity is in addition to the Conference Registration Fee, and has a price of $40/person. Conference attendees can also choose to bring family members or guests (+18 years) at the same cost per person. If you want to participate on this event, please complete the Payment Form for Extras, indicating the total number of persons, and send it back to us before Wednesday 6th May. The Payment Form for Extras can be downloaded in PDF or MS Word formats and must include the Invoice Number which is generated during the registration process.

Visit to historic Sydney Observatory on Wednesday, 27th May

We are organising a visit to historic Sydney Observatory in The Rocks, which includes a Stargazing event, on the evening of Wednesday 27th May. This visit starts at 6:15pm sharp. This activity is in addition to the Conference Registration Fee, and has a price of $16/person. Conference attendees can also choose to bring family members or guests at the same cost per person. If you want to participate on this event, please complete the Payment Form for Extras, indicating the total number of persons, and send it back to us before Monday 25th May. The Payment Form for Extras can be downloaded in PDF or MS Word formats and must include the Invoice Number which is generated during the registration process.

Conference Dinner on Thursday, 28th May


The Conference Dinner will be on the evening of Thursday 28th May. The venue is Postales Spanish Restaurant and Tapas Bar, in Martin Place, Sydney CBD. Postales Restaurant is set under the wonderfully restored GPO Building in famous Martin Place square and has been awarded as the best Spanish Restaurant in Sydney. Welcome drinks for participants start at 6:30 pm. The price of the Conference Dinner is included in the Conference Fee for all registered participants. Conference attendees can also choose to bring family members or guests at the cost of $110 per head. Please use our Registration Form to pay for these extras. You can use a separate Registration Form if you wish to pay using a different credit card. The Payment Form can be downloaded in PDF or MS Word formats and must include the Invoice Number which is generated during the registration process. The deadline was Wednesday 6th May.

Sydney Darling Harbour & City Centre mapThe easiest way to get from Coogee to Martin Place is take the 373 Bus from the corner of the Crown Plaza Hotel (see Coogee map) and stop in Elizabeth St. near Martin Place Station (see Darling Harbour and City Centre map). From there it is just an easy 5 minutes walk to the Restaurant, located at 1 Martin Place, Sydney GPO Building, Lower Ground Floor. The trip should not take more than 45 minutes, but please consider that it will be Sydney peak hour. The LOC will be available to help guide people.

Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC)

  • Joss Bland-Hawthorn (USyd, Australia)
  • Rob Crain (Liverpool John Moores U., UK)
  • Scott Croom (USyd, Australia)
  • Gayandhi De Silva (AAO, Australia)
  • César Esteban (IAC, Spain)
  • Ken Freeman (ANU, Australia)
  • Rosa González-Delgado (IAA, Spain)
  • Andrew Hopkins (AAO, Australia)
  • Helmut Jerjen (ANU, Australia)
  • Lisa Kewley (ANU, Australia)
  • Baerbel Koribalski (CASS, Australia)
  • Sarah Martell (UNSW, Australia)
  • Ángel R. López-Sánchez (AAO/MQ, Australia, Chair)
  • Sebastián Sánchez (UNAM, Mexico)
  • Christy Tremonti (UWM, USA)
  • Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro (IAA, Spain)

Local Organizing Committee (LOC)

  • Amanda Bauer (AAO)
  • Julia Bryant (AAO/USyd)
  • Gayandhi De Silva (AAO)
  • Jenny Ghabache (AAO)
  • Andrew Green (AAO)
  • Andrew Hopkins (AAO)
  • Megan Johnson (CASS)
  • Ángel R. López-Sánchez (AAO/MQ, Chair)
  • Manuel Moreno-Raya (CIEMAT, Spain)
  • Josh Marvil (CASS)
  • Paolo Serra (CASS)
  • Tye Young (ANU)
  • Helen Woods (AAO)
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All travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane.

Participants require either a eVisitor (subclass 651) or a Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) visa. You can use the Visit Australia website of the Australia Goverment 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.

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.


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The Conference Booklet is available in PDF format.

The Conference Program is the following:

Program of MDG15 Conference


Invited (I) or Review (R) talks: 25 minutes (20 + 5 min)

Contributed talks: 15 min (12 + 3 min)

Short student talks: 10 min (8 + 2 min)


The list of contributed talks is:

Name Surname Country Talk
Borja Anguiano Australia Globular cluster members as testbeds for Galactic surveys
Yago Ascasibar Spain The (resolved) 'main sequence' of galaxy formation
Kaushala Bandara Germany The KMOS-3D Survey: Tracking the Evolution of Resolved Kinematics and Star-Formation from Redshift 0.7 to 2.5
Danielle Berg USA Results from CHAOS: Implications of Electron Temperature Discrepancies
Rebecca Blackwell Australia The Central Molecular Zone: Our Galactic Nucleus Up Close in CO
Jessica Bloom Australia The SAMI Galaxy Survey: Asymmetry in Gas Kinematics
Catherine Braiding Australia Using CO to trace the "dark'' gas and spiral arms of the Milky Way
Sarah Brough Australia How greedy are Brightest Cluster Galaxies?
Michael Brown Australia Revised Calibration of Star Formation Rate Indicators
David Carton Netherlands Resolving the metallicity gradients of intermediate redshift galaxies with MUSE
Gerald Cecil USA Dynamical M/L & Common Bar Gas Signatures
Matthew Colless Australia Dissecting galaxies with ELTs
Elisabete da Cunha Australia MAGPHYS: Modelling the ultraviolet-to-infrared spectral energy distributions of galaxies
Rebecca Davies Australia Violent Competition or Harmonious Synergy? A 3D perspective on the Starburst-AGN Connection
Adriana de Lorenzo-Caceres UK The stellar and gas content of double bars unveiled by optical 3D spectroscopy
Helga Denes Australia What is stripping HI-deficient galaxies in groups?
Ralf-Juergen Dettmar Germany A multiwavelength view of the disk-halo interface in spiral galaxies
Aaron Dotter Australia MESA Isochrones and Stellar Tracks (MIST): A new tool for dissecting stellar populations
Miroslav Filipovic Australia Multi-frequency surveys of Magellanic Clouds
David Fisher Australia Massive, gas rich, turbulent disk galaxies in the nearby Universe
Claire-Elise Green Australia Dense, circum-nuclear molecular gas in starburst galaxies
Brent Groves Australia Dissecting the ISM Heating and Cooling in Nearby Galaxies
Maren Hempel Chile Globular Cluster Systems or why do we care about colour gradients on small AND large scales
I-Ting Ho USA Galactic winds in the local Universe as revealed by the SAMI Galaxy Survey
Lindsay Holmes Canada Characterizing the kinematics of bars in CALIFA galaxies
Bernd Husemann Germany The Close AGN Reference Survey (CARS)
Elaina Hyde Australia The Sagittarius Stream and Core: Structures Extraordinaire
Megan Johnson Australia The Stellar and Gas Kinematics of Three LITTLE THINGS
Evelyn Johnston Chile Spectroscopic decomposition of bulge and disc star-formation histories
Prajwal Kafle Australia Edge of the Milky Way stellar halo: are we there yet?
Amy Kimbal Australia Probing the early Universe with sub-millimeter observations of quasar host galaxies
Cornelia Lang USA The Magnetized Interstellar Medium in the Center of the Milky Way (and Beyond)
Federico Lelli USA Gas Dynamics in Low-Mass Galaxies: from Starbursts to Tidal Dwarf Galaxies
Sarah Leslie Australia Star formation in nearby galaxies: combining IFS and radio data
Angel Lopez-Sanchez Australia Dwarf star-forming galaxies and the assembly of spiral galaxies
Katharina Lutz Australia The HIX galaxy survey
Rebeca McElroy Australia Kinematics of luminous type II AGN
Kristen McQuinn USA Are We Correctly Measuring Star-Formation Rates? A Multi-wavelength Perspective from STARBIRDS
Anne Medling Australia Shocks in SAMI Galaxies
Jairo Mendez Abreu UK Insights into the evolution of S0 galaxies using the CALIFA survey
Michael Opitsch Germany The detailed stellar and gas kinematics in the central region of M31
Matt Owers Australia The SAMI Galaxy Survey: Cluster properties and the impact on galaxy star formation
Gabriele Pezzulli Italy A direct estimate of the radial growth of stellar discs
Richard Pogge USA Measuring the chemical abundances of nearby spiral galaxies with CHAOS
Lorenzo Posti Italy Action-based multi-components equilibrium models for CALIFA's galaxies
Attila Popping Australia First results of the COSMOS HI Large Extragalactic Survey (CHILES)
Michael Pracy Australia The kinematics, stellar populations and gas content of E+A galaxies
Alireza Rahmati Switzerland IGM and CGM in the EAGLE simulation
David Rebolledo Australia Scaling relations of CO resolved structures in nearby spiral galaxies, and what we can learn from the Carina Nebula
Adam Schaefer Australia Environmental quenching of star formation with SAMI
Julia Scharwaechter France The ultra-massive black hole in NGC 1277 probed via CO kinematics and multi-wavelength analysis
Nicholas Scott Australia Stellar metallicity gradients as a function of mass, morphology and environment
Paolo Serra Australia HI discs in real and simulated fast- and slow rotators
Maryam Shirazi Switzerland The spatial distribution of star formation in distant and nearby galaxies
Jeffrey Simpson Australia Searching extra-tidal stars of globular clusters with the GALAH survey
Edward Taylor Australia Quenching: I do not think it means what you think it means...
Matthew Taylor Chile SCABS: A Survey of Centaurus A's Baryonic Structures
Thorsten Tepper-García Australia The origin of the mysterious H-alpha emission along the Magellanic Stream
Laura Toribio San Cipriano Spain Carbon abundances and radial gradients in nearby spiral galaxies
Jesse van de Sande Australia The Relation between Dynamical Mass-to-Light ratio and Color for Massive Quiescent Galaxies
Frederic Vogt Australia A WiFeS & MUSE view of HCG 91c: pre-processing caught in the act?
Jing Wang Australia Islands of star formation in the large HI disk of ESO215-G?009
Coral Wheeler USA Hunting for the Smallest Substructures: Ultrafaint Galaxies as Satellites of Known Local Group Dwarfs
Angus Wright Australia GAMA: MAGPHYS analysis of 221,000 galaxies
Tye Young Australia Multi-Wavelength Properties of Dwarf Galaxies in the Local Volume


All abstracts for contributed talks that are not listed here have been accepted by the SOC as poster presentations.


The list of posters is:

Number Name Surname Country Poster
01 Borja Anguiano Australia GALAH + CoRoT: where high-resolution spectroscopy meet asteroseismology
02 Christina Baldwin Australia Early-Type Galaxy Stellar Populations in the Near-Infrared
03 Fuyan Bian Australia Local Analogs for High-redshift Galaxies: Resembling the Physical Conditions of the Interstellar Medium in High-redshift Galaxy
04 David Carton Netherlands Is gas-phase metallicity in a local star-formation regulated equilibrium? 
05 Kathryne Daniel USA Constraints on the Efficiency of Radial Migration in Spiral Galaxies
06 Oleg Egorov Russia Multiwavelength study of NGC 4068 galaxy
07 Oleg Egorov Russia Ionized supershells inside the supergiant HI shells in nearby Irr galaxies
08 Lluis Galbany Chile SN environmental studies in the CALIFA survey
09 Gregory Goldstein Australia Clumpy Star Formation in Dwarf Galaxies
10 Andrew Green Australia Kinematics of Star Formation in Evolving Galaxies
11 Andrew Green Australia Writing Software in Teams
12 Claire-Elise Green Australia Intensity ratios: a cautionary tale
13 Brent Groves Australia Dust as a tracer of gas mass
14 Amanda Heiderman USA Star Formation Rate and Gas Relations in the Arp 299 Merger from the VIXENS Survey
15 Josh Marvil Australia Radio continuum observations of starburst galaxies
16 Brendan McMonigal Australia Sailing under the Magellanic Stream: A DECam View of Carina
17 Daniel Miralles Caballero Spain A survey of Wolf-Rayet populations in galaxies via IFS using CALIFA data
18 Amanda Moffett Australia Galaxy Bulge and Disk Evolution in the Environmental Context 
19 Abdias Morales Mexico The star formation-AGN connection from the CALIFA survey perspective
20 Manuel Emilio Moreno-Raya Spain Dependence of SNe Ia absolute magnitudes on the host galaxies' elemental gas-phase abundances
21 Rob Sharp Australia High-cadence high-resolution imaging beyond one micron
22 Sarah Sweet Australia An adaptive optics view of the morphological evolution of galaxies during 1 < z < 2
23 Ryan Tanner USA Galactic Winds Radiating to 10 K: Gas Properties at Different Mass Loadings and Mechanical Luminosities
24 Ross Turner Australia Decoding the physics of radio Active Galactic Nuclei
25 Angus Wright Australia LAMBDAR: Lambda Adaptive Multi-Band Deblending Algorithm in R


Last updated on 19 May 2015 - 4:00 pm


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March 25, 2015

As part of the VIVID Sydney 2015 Ideas festival, the AAO is hosting a unique event in conjunction with the International Multiwavelength Dissection of Galaxies Conference.

As part of the VIVID Sydney 2015 Ideas festival, the AAO is hosting a unique event in conjunction with the International Multiwavelength Dissection of Galaxies  Conference.

The Story of Light (Credit: Angel Lopez-Sanchez)

A panel of professional astronomers tell “The Story of Light”, inspired by the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies 2015.

Almost everything we know about the Universe comes from light emitted by stars and gas. The entertaining panel will describe many ways astronomers use light and light-based technologies to uncover exciting mysteries of the Universe and improve our understanding of cosmology, exoplanets, the search for life and more! Targeted for a general audience, the panel will happily answer any questions about the Universe, so bring yours along.

WHEN: Sunday, 24th May 2015, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

WHERE: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007

TICKETS: $15.00. Tickets can be bought in the Event Webpage of the PowerHouse Museum


Joss Bland-Hawthorn is an Australian Laureate Fellow and Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney. He is the current Director of the Sydney Institute for Astronomy and co-founder of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science. His interests are in the formation and evolution of galaxies, especially our own Milky Way. He also develops novel instruments for ground and space-based telescopes. His main interests include reading, rowing and running. You can find him on twitter as @JossBlandHawtho thanks to Amanda Bauer who forced him on there, a bit tough for a shrinking violet.

Amanda Bauer is an Astronomer and Outreach Officer for the Australian Astronomical Observatory and was recently named as one of the "Top 5 Under 40" science researchers in Australia. She uses earth-based and orbiting space telescopes to explore variations in how galaxies formed, how they live their lives, and how they evolve into the diverse array of galaxy species we see today. She was a finalist in the national Fresh Science Media competition in 2012 and remains passionate about sharing humanity’s cosmic story with diverse audiences around the world. You can find her online as @astropixie and at

Fred Watson is an astronomer at the Australian Astronomical Observatory, where he is Astronomer-in-Charge and Head of Lighting and Environment. Fred is best known for his radio and TV broadcasts, talks, and other outreach programs, which earned him the 2006 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science. He has also written a number of award-winning books, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010. Fred has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson), but says that if it hits the Earth, it won’t be his fault.

The afternoon will be hosted by Justine Rogers, a lecturer at UNSW Law and a regular part of Sydney's stand-up comedy circuit. She performed at the Sydney Comedy Festival and founded Nerd Nite Sydney in order to combine her love for facts and humour.