Events in Australia

Professor Tim de Zeeuw, Director General of ESO, to visit Australia

24 – 28 February 2014

Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth

Australia welcomes Professor Tim de Zeeuw, Director General of ESO, who will visit various astronomy centres around the country to speak to research astronomers regarding ESO’s current research program and consider perspectives for the coming decades.

The visit will conclude with a free public lecture “Reaching new heights in astronomy: the European Southern Observatory” presented by Professor de Zeeuw and hosted by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research and University of Western Australia.

Public Lecture - Reaching new heights in astronomy: the European Southern Observatory

4.15pm, Friday 28 February 2014: University Club Auditorium, University of Western Australia

ESO telescopes have made some of the most significant astronomical discoveries of recent times, including the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy, the most distant gamma-ray burst, the Earth-like planet Gliese 581c and the most distant galaxy ever seen by humans. Find out about ESO’s current suite of programs, the telescopes that make the discoveries possible and what’s on the horizon for one of the world’s premier astronomical institutions.


note: tea and coffee will be provided from 3:45pm


Research Colloquia Schedule - The European Southern Observatory (ESO): Present and Future

10AM, Monday, 24 February 2014: University of Sydney, Redfern Campus

2PM, Monday 24 February 2014: Anglo-Australian Observatory, Epping

2PM, Tuesday 25 February 2014: Swinburne University

3PM, Thursday 27 February 2014: Australian National University, Mt Stromlo Observatory

3.30PM, Friday 28 February 2014: International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research / University of Western Australia



Australian ALMA community workshop

30-31 October 2013
CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, Marsfield, Sydney

ALMA is the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array, a series of 66 radio antennas that collects light from some of the coldest objects in the Universe. It became fully operational in March 2013 and is used to study the building blocks of stars, planetary systems, galaxies, and even life itself. The advantage of ALMA, is that it can probe the chemical and physical conditions of dark molecular clouds, regions that are dark in visible light but shine brightly at millimetre and submillimetre wavelengths where ALMA operates.

Australian astronomers are already using ALMA to explore the Universe and this workshop will highlight early science results from ALMA, as well as facilitate discussions on future science projects and collaborations.

Australian speakers include:

  • Ray Norris (CSIRO)
  • Jill Rathbourne (CSIRO)
  • Sarah Madison – (Swinburne University)

International speakers include:

  • Elizabeth  Humphreys (European Southern Observatory, Germany)
  • Alison Peck (National Radio Astronomy Observatory, USA)
  • Remy Indebetouw (National Radio Astronomy Observatory, USA)
  • Norikazu Mizuno (East Asian ALMA Regional Centre, Japan)



Conference Organiser - Jill Rathbourne (CSIRO)