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

Fred Watson, speaking on "Bravo, Cassini!", to be held in the AAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2) at 11:00AM on Thursday 21st September, 2017.
Abstract:
If there was ever a space project that totally exceeded the expectations of the scientific world, it has been the Cassini mission to Saturn. Launched in 1997, Cassini reached its target after a seven-year journey, and immediately began re-writing the textbooks. Now, 13 years later, we have a remarkable catalogue of amazing discoveries. Storms and a hexagonal jet-stream in the planet’s atmosphere, ripples and spokes in its rings, global oceans and oily seas on its moons – among other surprises. At the end, with the spacecraft’s fuel running out, mission controllers threw caution to the winds in an audacious series of orbits that threaded it between the rings and the planet. And Cassini's final plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere on 15 September drew worldwide media attention. Celebrate this triumphant mission with Fred Watson, as he presents a non-specialist's update on all things Cassini.

 

Upcoming Scheduled Colloquia

DateTimeLocationSpeakerTitle
Thursday 21st September, 201711:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Fred Watson (AAO)Bravo, Cassini!
Thursday 28th September, 201711:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Chenguyan Li (Maquarie University)The origin of bifurcated blue straggler sequences in star clusters
Thursday 30th November, 201711:00AMAAO Large Meeting Room (Room 1, Ground Floor, Building 3)Tim de Zeeuw (European Southern Observatory)ESO programme

Past Colloquia

DateTimeLocationSpeakerTitle
Monday 18th September, 201710:00AMAAO Large Meeting Room (Room 1, Ground Floor, Building 3)Rob Ivison and Ferdinando Patat (European Southern Observatory (Germany))ESO Community Day in Sydney
Thursday 14th September, 201702:00PMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Dr. Robert Shelton (President, Giant Magellan Telescope Organization)Giant Magellan Telescope Update
Thursday 31st August, 201711:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Enrico Biancalani, Elise Beaufils, Iuliia Fomicheva (University of Bologna, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris, Mascow Institute of Physics and Tech)AAO winter student seminar
Tuesday 29th August, 201711:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Jacinta Delhaize (University of Zagreb)The VLA-COSMOS 3GHz Large Project: A new radio continuum survey for advancing galaxy evolution studies
Thursday 17th August, 201711:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Sophie Dubber, Prerak Chapagain, Brittany Howard (University of St Andrews, University of New Orleans, University of Victoria)AAO Winter student seminar
Thursday 27th July, 201711:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Hugh Jones (University of Hertfordshire)Exoplanets from the AAPS
Thursday 20th July, 201711:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Daniel Cotton (University of New South Wales)New Frontiers in Astronomical Polarimetry
Thursday 1st June, 201711:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Katie Mack (Un. Melbourne)Dark Matter, First Light
Thursday 25th May, 201711:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Vanessa Moss (University of Sydney)Galactic ecosystems: Tracing neutral hydrogen and its evolution across the Universe
Thursday 18th May, 201711:00AMOtherJordan Collier (CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science)The path to ASKAP: faint things and curvy things
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