Upcoming Seminars

If you wish to give a talk or presentation please email Thorsten Tepper Garcia and Courtney Crawford. Seminars are 45mins with time for questions afterwards. Speakers are encouraged to cater to a varied audience, reflecting the broad interests of the Institute.

All seminars will be taking place online until further notice.

Please go to “previous seminars” below to watch the recordings.

Date Time Speaker Speaker Location Topic
16 Feb 2024 11:00 Roberto Sonia University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences X-ray search for IMBHs in near by galaxies
23 Feb 2024 11:00 Dan Ballard University of Portsmouth Cosmology with strong gravitational lensing
1 Mar 2024 11:00 Martin Rey Oxford Faint dwarf galaxies 
8 Mar 2024 11:00 Qinghui Sun Tsinghua University Exploring Stellar Physics and Star-Planet Interaction through the Lens of stellar Chemical Abundance
15 Mar 2024 11:00 Vincent Van Eylen UCL Understanding planets through their host stars
22 Mar 2024 11:00 Tony Rodriguez California Institute of Technology
29 Mar 2024 public holiday – no seminar
12 Apr 2024 11:00 Janet Machol Colorado Boulder 49 years of GOES solar Irradiance Measurements
19 Apr 2024
26 Apr 2024 Honours talks
3 May 2024
10 May 2024
17 May 2024
24 May 2024



Previous Seminars


Date Time Speaker Speaker Location Topic
10 Feb 2023 11:00 Connor Bottrell University of Tokyo Connecting the observable to the non-observable at a crossroads of observational and computational galaxy astronomy
3 Mar 2023 11:00 Steve Finkelstein U Texas Pushing into the First 500 Million Years after the Big Bang with JWST [Watch]
10 Mar 2023 11:00 Nick Pingel Wisconsin Characterizing the Multiphase Interstellar Medium in the Milky Way and Beyond
17 Mar 2023 11:00 Alfred Castro-Ginard Leiden Mapping the Milky Way with the stars (un)seen by Gaia
24 Mar 2023 11:00 Ciaran O’Hare USYD Dark Matter in the Milky Way
31 Mar 2023 11:00 Douglas Scott UBC Standard Cosmological Model
21 Apr 2023 11:00 Richard Lane Reade UBO TBD
28 Apr 2023 Honours talks
5 May 2023 11:00 Ashley Ruiter ADFA TBD
12 May 2023 11:00 Ben Montet UNSW TBD
19 May 2023 11:00 Jimi Green SKAO TBD
26 May 2023 SSP Talks
18 Aug 2023 11:00 Naomi McClure-G U Sydney GASKAP
25 Aug 2023 11:00 Ellen Sirks U Sydney SuperBIT
1 Sep 2023 11:00 Rebecca Connolly U Sydney Space Law
8 Sep 2023 11:00 Tamara Davis U Sydney Cosmology
15 Sep 2023 11:00 Jessie Christiansen Caltech Expolanets
22 Sep 2023 11:00 Rhea-Silvia Remus U Sydney Cosmo Simulations
29 Sep 2023
6 Oct 2023 Honours talks
13 Oct 2023 11:00 Kareem El-Badry Caltech/Harvard Binaries
20 Oct 2023 Krzysztof Bolejko UTAS Cosmology
27 Oct 2023 11:00 Tabetha Boyajian LSU TBD
3 Nov 2023 SSP Talks



Date Time Speaker Title
04/03/22 11am Geoffrey Vasil What rotation means for the inside stars
11/03/22 11am Sandy Faber
The Earth Futures Institute at UCSC and UCR: Attempting to Wake the Sleeping Giant [Watch]
18/03/22 11am Roger Blandford
Black Holes – Nature or Nurture?
25/03/22 11am Tara Murphy
First results from the ASKAP Variables and Slow Transients Survey (VAST)
01/04/22 11am Jay Lockman
Neutral Gas Entrained in the Milky Way’s Nuclear Wind
08/04/22 10am Karen Masters
Spiral Arms in Galaxies
22/04/22 4pm Angus Wright
Tomographic Cosmic Shear and the Challenges of Stage-IV Calibration 
29/04/22 4pm Chervin Laporte
The Milky Way as a galaxy formation and dark matter laboratory [Watch]
06/05/22 11am Richard Ellis The Quest for Cosmic Dawn: When Did Galaxies First Emerge from Darkness? [Watch]
13/05/22 11am Chung-Pei Ma Supermassive Black Holes in Nearby Galaxies
12/08/22 11am Di Li Bridging the centuries: Arecibo to CRAFTS
 19/08/22 11am Nikki Nielsen Resolving the structures and physical conditions in the circumgalactic medium
26/08/22 11am Yuan-Sen Ting On modelling complex systems in astronomy
02/09/22 11am Emma Ryan-Weber The photons that ionized the Universe
09/09/22 11am David Spergel Machine Learning and Cosmology
16/09/22 11am Claudia Lagos The role of environment in quenching galaxies in galaxy formation simulations
23/09/22 11am Enrique Vázquez-Semadeni Formation and evolution of molecular clouds, and implications on their star formation activity
14/10/22 11am Sabine Bellstedt Pixels to Properties: Using multiwavelength redshift surveys to study cosmic star formation
21/10/22 11am Elene D’Onghia The Magellanic Corona
28/10/22 11am Natascha M. Forster Schreiber Star-forming galaxies at cosmic noon
08/12/22 11am Francesca Frakgoudi Barred galaxies in ΛCDM: Uncovering the formation history and dark matter content of Milky Way-type galaxies


Date Time Speaker Title
12/02/21 11am Hannah Schunker Closing the solar cycle: emerging active regions
16/04/21 4pm Frank Eisenhauer A New Era of Interferometry with GRAVITY
30/04/21 11am Danny Horta Unraveling the nature and origin of the Galactic stellar halo with Galactic surveys
28/05/21 11am Marcin Sokolowski A High-Speed All-Sky Monitor for Fast Radio Bursts and Technosignatures
10/09/21 11am Cath Trott The Search for Hydrogen: detecting the Epoch of Reionisation through the 21cm line.
19/09/21 11am Joss Bland-Hawthorn Galactic seismology – waves that cross the Milky Way
24/09/21 15pm Anthony Brown The Gaia Mission and science highlights from the Gaia data releases
08/10/21 11am Olivier Guyon Direct Imaging of Nearby Habitable Exoplanets and Search for Exolife
15/10/21 11am Katie Mack Dark Matter, First Light
22/10/21 16pm Vasily Belokurov The transformation of the Milky Way
29/10/21 11am John Mather Opening the Infrared Treasure Chest with JWST [Watch] [Listen to]
12/11/21 11am Jan Eldridge New insights into black hole ecology
19/11/21 11am Jeff Cooke The Australian-led Keck Wide-Field Imager
26/11/21 16pm Joe Silk Recent Advances in Cosmology


Date Time Speaker Title
31/1/20 11am Sukyoung Yi The origin and fate of the discs of spiral galaxies from numerical simulations
21/2/20 11am Taichi Uyama High-contrast (direct) imaging of young exoplanets
26/2/20 12pm (LG17) Suzie Ramsay Status of ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope and its Instrumentation


Date Time Speaker Title
25/1/19 11am Lucia Armillotta Metal mixing during star cluster formation
1/2/19 11am Andrew Hopkins Measuring the stellar initial mass function
8/2/19 11am Matthew Baring A Multiwavelength Perspective on Acceleration and Radiation in Extragalactic Jets
15/2/19 11am Toshi Futamase Possibe constraits on neutrino mass and dark energy from the lensing dispersion of the magnitude-redshift relation of Type Ia supernovae
1/3/19 11am Chris Tinney VELOCE
8/3/19 11am Ahmed Elagali Studies of Interacting Galaxies & the Environmental Effects on Their Evolution
15/3/19 11am Kate Rowlands Caught in the act: using post starburst galaxies to chart galaxy transformationv
22/3/19 11am Jo Dawson Shining Light on the Dark ISM
29/3/19 11am Robert Jedicke Super catastrophic asteroid disruption
5/4/19 11am Maria Cunningham Radio Astronomy in the Era of Large surveys: Interpreting the results of large, multi-molecular-line datasets of the molecular ISM
9/4/19 11am Nicholas Martin Mining and mapping the first generations of stars with the Pristine CaH&K survey
12/4/19 11am Amelia Fraser-McKelvie The complicated lives of disk galaxies: lessons from IFS
3/5/19 11am Nichole Barry The Future of EoR Structure Limits
10/5/19 11am Nell Byler Ultraviolet spectral diagnostics for star forming galaxies at high redshift
16/5/19 2pm Kim Venn Data Analysis and Machine Learning in Astrophysical Stellar Spectroscopic Surveys
17/5/19 11am Mahavir Sharma Cosmic Reionization and its fossils in the Milky Way
31/5/19 11am Aman Khalid, Hillary Davis Special Studies Project student talks
7/6/19 11am Peter Cottrell Interpreting stellar spectra or “The life of a spectroscopist”
28/6/19 11am Dane Kleiner MeerKAT early science of the Fornax galaxy Cluster
5/7/19 11am Guillaume Drouart The GLEAMing of the first supermassive black holes
26/7/19 11am Daniel Cotton A New Age of Stellar Polarimetry
29/7/19 2pm Alan McConnachie The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer
30/8/19 1am Shivani Bhandari Radio Transients*
6/9/19 11am Phil Taylor Galaxy Simulations*
13/9/19 11am Shi Dai Searching for pulsars in radio continuum surveys
27/9/19 11am AAO-USyd SAIL labs students Instrumentation projects at USyd
4/10/19 11am Rob Sharp Infrared astronomy and instrumentation innovations
8/10/19 4pm Honours talk James Crowley
11/10/19 11am-12:30pm Honours talks Yinuo Han; Tom Rutherford; Geoff Herkes
18/10/19 11am KD Leka Understanding and Forecasting The Solar Origins of Space Weather
25/10/19 11am Lorenzo Spina The Milky Way*
7/11/19 11am Magda Anaboldi Galaxy Clusters
8/11/19 11am Mansi Kasliwal Gravitational Waves
15/11/19 11am Chiaki Kobayashi The origin of elements and their evolution in galaxies


Date Speaker Institution Title
9 February Jielai Zhang University of Toronto Exploring the low surface brightness Universe with the Dragonfly Telephoto Array
23 February Connor Bottrell University of Victoria Observational Properties of Simulated Galaxies: Computational Cosmology as Seen through a Telescope
2 March Roland Bacon and Johan Richard Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon (France) Science prospects with MUSE at the VLT
9 March Christopher Usher Liverpool John Moores University Using Globular Cluster Stellar Populations to Understand Galaxy Formation
16 March Elizabeth Stanway University of Warwick Understanding Intense Star Formation through Observations and Modelling
23 March Keith Bannister CSIRO Fast Radio Bursts and plasma lenses around hot stars
28 March Tom Landecker Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory Revealing the Galactic Magnetic Field with Radio Polarization
6 April Michael Hudson University of Waterloo Galaxies and Dark Matter Seen Through a Gravitational Lens
13 April Andy Casey Monash University The lithium-rich giant star puzzle
27 Apri A/Prof. Francois Rigaut & Dr Richard McDermid ANU & Macquarie MAVIS: A new MCAO-Assisted Visible Imager and Spectrograph for the Very Large Telescope
1 May David Parkinson Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute Cosmology with large-area radio continuum surveys
4 May Sarah Leslie MPIA Evolution of star formation and dust properties of galaxies over cosmic time
11 May Chris Gordon University of Canterbury Is the Galactic Bulge Shining in Gamma Rays?
18 May Joe Callingham ASTRON Absorption processes in radio astronomy: Facilitating a unique discovery space
25 May Rhea-Silvia Rhemus University Observatory in Munich Dynamical and kinematical properties of (mostly) early-type galaxies from the Magneticum simulations
29 May Dr. Alfred Tiley Durham University Galaxy Kinematics from Integral Field Spectroscopy of ~1000 z~0.6-2 Star-forming Galaxies
22 June Leo Alcorn Texas A&M The Proto-cluster Environment at z~2: Kinematics, Metallicity, and Merging Groups
13 July Stuart Ryder AAO Binary companions to stripped-envelope supernovae
27 July Hugo Nowacki and Quentin Noraz Paris-Sud University Solar active regions: through different models and behaviours
17 August Guillermo Blanc Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science Next Generation IFU Surveys of Nearby Galaxies: Resolving the Physics that Drive Galaxy Evolution
31 August Shin-ya NITTA Tsukuba University of Technology Magnetic reconnection theory
7 September Mireia Montes UNSW Exploring the fossil record of cluster assembly: the intracluster light.
14 September Amri Wandel The Hebrew University of Jerusalem The prospects for detecting life on exoplanets in the JWST/TESS era
21 September Professor Swapan K Saha Formerly at Indian Institute of Astrophysics Genesis of Optical Interferometry
5 October Bjoern Malte Schaefer Heidelberg Uni (non)Gaussian lensing of a (non)Gaussian cosmic microwave background
12 October Joss Bland-Hawthorn University of Sydney Near Field Cosmology and Astrometry
19 October Justin Bray University of Manchester Toward detecting cosmic rays at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory
26 October Peter Tuthill University of Sydney A twist in the tale: sinuous plume coiled around doomed star may forebode violent end.
30 November Barnaby Norris and Chris Betters University of Sydney Why you should be excited about astrophotonics
4 December Jean-Luc Starck Mathematical Challenges of the Euclid Spatial Project
7 December Philippa Browning Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester Plasma heating and particle acceleration by magnetic reconnection in solar and stellar flares