Perth Simulated Galaxy Clusters Workshop

Workshop Dates: March 23-27 2015
Location: ICRAR/UWA, 7 Fairway, Crawley, WA 6009

Registration is now CLOSED

  • Registration for the meeting is free, supported by the sponsors, and includes lunch each day. 
  • Please register for catering purposes
  • Registration Deadline: 28 February 2015
  • The registration form includes the ability to propose to make a presentation at the workshop.

Galaxy clusters are the most massive virialised structures in the Universe, and they provide a fascinating natural laboratory for testing theories of galaxy evolution. The recent "nIFTy Cosmology: Numerical Simulations for Large Surveys” workshop, held in Madrid between June 30th to 18th July 2014, brought together experts from around the world to carry out cosmological simulations of a single galaxy cluster using a range of state-of-the-art codes — including GADGET and Arepo — and to compare the properties of gas and dark matter in the simulated cluster. A wide range of projects drawing on these data were initiated, including:

  • reconstructing the dynamical state and merging history of clusters from present-day observables 
  • synthetic observations of galaxy clusters at radio continuum, X-ray wavelengths
  • weighing galaxy clusters via gravitational lensing, galaxy population kinematics, X-rays and joint statistical analyses
  • tidal disruption of galaxies in clusters, the formation of intra-cluster light
  • the outskirts of clusters and the detection of missing baryons

The Perth Simulated Galaxy Cluster Comparison workshop (March 23-27 2015) builds on the nIFTy Cosmology workshop. Its goal is to bring together some of the key participants from the Madrid workshop and observational astronomers from around Australia, and to be a workshop in the true sense of the word — the first day will be set aside for talks (data presentation, project updates and ideas), but the emphasis during the remainder of the week will be to work on projects and write papers. All of the simulation data — from both hydrodynamical simulations and semi-analytical models — will be made available as mock observables, and observers, simulators and modellers will be encouraged to work together on joint projects, to put observational data and theoretical/simulation prediction on the same plot.

Invited speakers include Sarah Brough, Stuart Muldrew, Matt Owers and Elena Rasia.

Getting there
The workshop will be held at the UWA node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research.

Information on getting to UWA by both car and public transport can be found at

Weiguang Cui (ICRAR/UWA), Madhura Killedar (LMU/USM), Lyndsay Old (U Nottingham), Chris Power (ICRAR/UWA)

For further information about scientific content and accessing simulated datasets, please contact
A/Prof. Chris Power
T: +61 8 6488 7630