2013 CAASTRO Annual Science Conference

"Reionization in the Red Centre: New windows on the high redshift Universe"


Conference dates: Monday 15 July - Friday 19 July 2013

Location: Ayers Rock Resort, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, NT

Accommodation: Delegates of the Reionization in the Red Centre Annual Science Conference will cover their own accommodation costs. A group reservation has been made. Click here for further information on how to book accommodation.

Final Program.

Conference Presentations

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There is a strong optional social program. We are planning a Bush Tucker (food) activity in the desert on Monday morning, a Camel Ride at Sunrise on Tuesday morning, Tennis on Wednesday morning, a half-base walk at Uluru on Thursday morning, and a tour to Kata Tjuta on Friday morning. More details on how to book for these activities will be emailed to delegates.

Image courtesy of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia.

The formation of the first stars, galaxies and black holes, and the associated reionization of cosmic hydrogen and helium represents one of the major events in cosmic history. This topic has received a great deal of attention over the past decade, with a focus on theory and interpretation of the first observations of the reionization era. The study of early galaxy formation and reionization is now entering a new era, facilitated by the impending availability of a range of revolutionary telescopes including LOFAR, MWA, ALMA and Planck, which will complement optical/near-IR deep and wide-field surveys. The aim of this conference is to bring together theorists and observers to present recent advances in our understanding of cosmic reionization and the high redshift Universe, and to discuss how new observational capabilities will drive the science in the future.

This meeting is the first in the annual series of CAASTRO conferences in wide field astronomy, and will be held at the Ayers Rock Resort in the shadow of outback Australia's iconic Uluru.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Redshifted 21cm observations
  • CMB as a probe of reionization
  • Formation of the first luminous objects
  • Starformation in galaxies at high redshift
  • How and when were hydrogen and helium reionized
  • Pollution and thermal evolution in the IGM
  • Methods for simulation of high-z galaxy formation and reionization


Invited Speakers:

  • Richard Ellis
  • Avi Loeb
  • Matt McQuinn
  • George Becker
  • Anna Frebel
  • Tiziana di Matteo
  • Jackie Hewitt
  • Saleem Zaroubi
  • Kristian Finlator
  • Olivier Dore
  • Jonathan Pober
  • Andrei Mesinger
  • Daniel Mortlock (TBC)
  • Christian Reichardt
  • Rogier Windhorst

Scientific Organizing Committee:

  • Benedetta Ciardi (MPA)
  • Zoltan Haiman (Columbia)
  • Peng Oh (UCSB)
  • Steve Furlanetto (UCLA)
  • Xiaohui Fan (Arizona)
  • Stuart Wyithe (Melbourne)
  • Frank Briggs (ANU)
  • Andrea Ferrara (Scuola Normale Superiore)
  • Leon Koopmans (KAPTEYN)
  • Qingjuan Yu (KIAA)
  • Priya Natarajan (Yale)

For general information on the conference, please email: uluru2013@caastro.org