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

Lizzie Elmer and Glenn Wagner, speaking on "AAO student talks", to be held in the AAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2) at 11:00AM on Thursday 1st September, 2016.
Abstract:
Lizzie Elmer will talk about implementing a Target of Opportunity mode for 2dF. This is a mode where, when a request is received, the program calculates the new field centre and outputs a single fibre move that will place an object fibre on the target and a guide fibre on a guide star. She will run through the algorithm that she used and hopefully show some results from sky tests.

Glenn Wagner is working on an algorithm to detect galaxy clusters given images in three wavelength bands. The first goal was to determine the efficiency and purity of the pre-existing algorithm using a mock catalogue from TAO. After making some improvements to the algorithm, he will apply the algorithm to real data and create a catalogue of cluster candidates for follow-up observations.

 

Upcoming Scheduled Colloquia

DateTimeLocationSpeakerTitle
Thursday 1st September, 201611:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Lizzie Elmer and Glenn Wagner (AAO)AAO student talks
Thursday 8th September, 201611:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Stuart Wyithe (University of Melbourne)Modelling galaxy formation and reionization with DRAGONS
Thursday 15th September, 201611:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Prof. Alfonso Aragon-Salamanca (University of Nottingham)Transforming Spirals into S0s
Thursday 6th October, 201611:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Themiya Nanayakkara (Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology)In-situ IMF at z~2
Thursday 27th October, 201611:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Tim Bedding (University of Sydney)TBA

Past Colloquia

DateTimeLocationSpeakerTitle
Wednesday 24th August, 201611:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Dr. Amanda S. Bosh (MIT & Lowell Observatory)Ices and activity in the outer solar system
Thursday 11th August, 201611:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Geoffrey C. Clayton (Louisiana State University)Discovering New R Coronae Borealis Stars
Thursday 4th August, 201611:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Alastair Edge (Durham University)The rise and fall (and rise again) of NGC1275
Thursday 28th July, 201611:00AMAAO Large Meeting Room (Room 1, Ground Floor, Building 3)Ho Seong Hwang (Korea Institute for Advanced Study)Mapping the Distribution of Galaxies at Intermediate Redshifts: Galaxy Clusters and Large-scale Structure of the Universe
Thursday 21st July, 201603:00PMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Stuart Ryder (ITSO, AAO)A Night on SOFIA
Thursday 14th July, 201611:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Andrew Hopkins (AAO)The puzzle of the stellar initial mass function
Thursday 30th June, 201611:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Chengyuan Li (Macquarie University)Using the sub-giant branch to constrain the star formation history of intermediate-age clusters
Thursday 23rd June, 201611:00AMAAO Large Meeting Room (Room 1, Ground Floor, Building 3)Aaron Rizzuto (University of Texas at Austin)Calibrating Star and Planet Evolution with Young Groups of Stars.
Thursday 9th June, 201611:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Chris Power (ICRAR/UWA)What can the outskirts of galaxies tell us about dark matter?
Friday 27th May, 201611:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Alan Duffy (Swinburne University)The economics of the first galaxies
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