OzSKA: radio astronomy in the next decade


8-10 April  2015

Hercus Theatre, School of Physics David Caro Building, University of Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Participant List

Workshop Program

Abstract Booklet

Workshop Presentations

Additional Reading material:

Registration is now CLOSED

  • Registration for the meeting is free, supported by the sponsors, includes lunch each day. 
  • Please register for catering purposes
  • Registration Deadline: 20 March 2015.  
  • The registration form includes the ability to propose to make a presentation at the workshop.

Due to the school holidays, child care options for primary aged children are now fully booked. If you have a pre-school aged child, Melbourne City Council offer an occasional care program which may be accessed by interstate visitors (as well as local families), subject to availability, please contact Kirsty Waring for more information: kwaring@unimelb.edu.au

The Square Kilometer Array will herald a new era in radio astronomy, with the construction of the world’s largest radio telescope in Australia and South Africa.  The conference will provide an opportunity to explore the new science that will be possible with the increased sensitivity, with a particular emphasis on exploring opportunities for young scientists to become engaged with new projects and ideas.  The science themes explored include the formation of the first stars and galaxies, galaxy evolution, cosmic magnetism, the nature of gravity and exploring life beyond the Earth.  Other topics will include the impact of enabling technologies, including the processing and management of ‘big data’, new signal processing and detector technologies and the role of ‘blue sky’ science in the education of our wider community.  Young researchers are particularly encouraged to attend.

Swinburne Astronomy Productions and AADC Consortium

Image: Swinburne Astronomy Productions and AADC Consortium

Scientific Organising Committee: Chris Blake, Robert Braun, Chris Herron, Carole Jackson, Melanie Johnston-Hollitt, Phillip Lah, Sarah Pearce, Elaine Sadler, Lister Staveley-Smith, Rachel Webster (Chair)

Local Organising Committee:  Rachel Webster, Bart Pindor (Chair), Ben McKinley, Pietro Procopio, Jack Line, Jenny Riding, Kim Dorrell,  Kirsty Waring

Invited Speakers:

  • James Allison
  • Chris Blake
  • Robert Braun
  • George Hobbs
  • Naomi McClure-Griffiths
  • Melanie Johnston-Hollitt
  • David Luchetti
  • Martin Meyer
  • Tara Murphy
  • Ray Norris
  • Bart Pindor
  • Chris Power
  • Christian Reichardt
  • Nick Seymour
  • Cath Trott


Daily Schedule:
The workshop will commence at 10am on 8 April and will finish 3.30pm 10 April.  

A list of accommodation venues is available here.

Workshop Dinner
A workshop dinner will be held on Thursday 9th April in the private dining area of Naughtons Parkville Hotel on Royal Pde, less than 10 mins walk from the School of Physics and conference venue.  The meal will cost $45 per head for a three course meal (Children will be $22 per head). Participants can pre-order from a set menu and pre-pay (in cash only) by morning tea Thursday 9 April.

Printable map for the School of Physics

Things To Do While You’re in Melbourne
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival will be in full swing, please see the Festival program and details here: http://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2015/season/