Lecture Program

All lectures are being held in the Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium below Taste Cafe
(Note: each lecture will run twice throughout the evening)

PROGRAM AVAILABLE NOW - printable pdf

Time Speaker Talk title Age
16:15-16:20 Elaine Sadler
Welcome & opening address  
16:20-17:00 Lisa Harvey-Smith & all speakers
Just for Kids: Interactive Q&A Session
6-12+
17:00-17:20 Jessica Bloom The Universe Explained in 15 Minutes or Less
All ages
17:20-17:40 Christene Lynch
The Search for new Worlds All ages
17:40-18:00 Cormac Purcell
Magnetism: from the Earth to the Cosmos
All ages
18:00-18:20 Tara Murphy
The Invisble Universe
All ages
18:20-18:40 Duane Hamacher
Indigenous Astronomy
All ages
18:40-19:00 Brad Tucker
Collisions and Explosions in the Universe
 All ages
19:00-19:10 SHORT BREAK
   
19:10-19:30 Jessica Bloom  The Universe in 15 MInutes or Less All ages
19:30-19:50 Christene Lynch  The Search for New Worlds All ages
19:50-20:10 Cormac Purcell Magnetism: from the Earth to the Cosmos All ages
20:10-20:30 Tara Murphy The Invisible Universe All ages
20:30-20:50 Duane Hamacher Indigenous Astronomy All ages
20:50-21:10 Brad Tucker Collisions and Explosions in the Universe  

 

Just for Kids: Interactive Q&A Session - 4.20pm

Lisa Harvey-Smith and all our speakers

The Universe Explained in 15 Minutes or Less - 5.00pm & 7.10pm

Jessica Bloom

How did we get here? How big is space? How fast can one astronomer talk? All these questions - and more! - will be answered. Come for a whirlwind tour of the life of our Universe, from Big Bang to present day and beyond.

The Search for New Worlds - 5.20pm & 7.30pm

Christene Lynch

Questions about the possibility of life on planets outside our Solar System are fundamental questions about our place in the universe. Over the last decade astronomers have made great strides to find new planets similar to the Earth, that may be able to support life. Through this effort thousands of new planets have been discovered outside our Solar System. In this talk I’ll discuss these newly discovered worlds and how astronomers are determining which are the best candidates to host life.

Magnetism: from the Earth to the Cosmos - 5.40pm & 7.50pm

Cormac Purcell

We rely on magnetism for our survival and for all of our modern technology. In this talk I'll explain what magnetism is and how it effects our lives on Earth. We will journey out through space peering at magnetism through the Milky Way and on towards the earliest galaxies in the universe. I'll show how Australia will soon make the best images of magnetism in the cosmos using our shiny new radio telescope - the Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder.

The Invisble Universe - 6.00pm & 8.10pm

Tara Murphy

We live in an era of data driven science. Cutting edge telescopes generate terabytes of data in our quest to understand the Universe. The Square Kilometre Array is predicted to generate petabytes of data per night, and need the world’s largest supercomputers to process it. In this talk I will discuss how we are trying to overcome some of the challenges of recording, transporting, storing and ultimately understanding these massive datasets.

Indigenous astronomy - 6.20pm & 8.30pm

Duane Hamacher

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are sharing a wealth of knowledge they have about the stars. From star maps and animal behaviour, to celestial ceremonies and using the Moon and stars to predict weather, collaborative research with elders demonstrates highly complex and evolving Indigenous astronomical knowledge systems that contain a scientific component. Dr Duane Hamacher will discuss some of the latest research in this area, as well as show some never-before-seen videos of sacred star songs and dances from the Torres Strait the elders are happy to share.

Collisions and Explosions in the Universe- 6.40pm & 8.50pm

Brad Tucker

Space is full of things that go bump (or boom)! I will talk about some of these explosions and collisions - stars that explode, black holes that destroy stars, galaxies that collide into each other, and even screwdrivers crashing into satellites!