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Ordinary Meeting: GAMA and Taipan Surveys

Friday 6th February 2015 - 8:00pm
Topic:  Galaxy Spectroscopic Surveys at the Australian Astronomical Observatory
Speaker:  Dr Andrew Hopkins, AAO
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract:  

The AAO has established itself as a world-leader in massively multiplexed
spectroscopic surveys. Over the past two decades, the Anglo-Australian Telescope
and the UK Schmidt Telescope have been used to complete six major spectroscopic
survey projects that have had substantial impact on how we understand our
Universe. There are currently four significant new projects under way, with another
to start in 2016, exploring everything from the formation history of the Milky Way
through measuring precision stellar chemical abundances, to the most ambitious
cosmology measurements made to date. In this presentation I will discuss a
recently completed project, GAMA, and some of its key scientific results to date.
I will also introduce the upcoming Taipan galaxy survey with the UK Schmidt
Telescope, and the novel technologies being developed at the AAO to allow us
to better understand the expansion rate of our Universe and the nature of galaxies.
Biography:Dr Andrew Hopkins is head of research and outreach at the Australian Astronomical Observatory.  He grew up in country New South Wales, and completed his undergraduate science degree and PhD at the University of Sydney. Andrew took up a postdoctoral position at the University of Pittsburgh in 1999, during which he was awarded a Hubble Fellowship by the Space Telescope Science Institute. After spending six years living in Pittsburgh, he returned to the University of Sydney in 2005 to take up an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship in the School of Physics. In 2008 he moved to the Anglo-Australian Observatory (now the Australian Astronomical Observatory) as the Head of AAT Science, and now as Head of Research and Outreach. In addition to his research, he has a passion for communicating science to school students and the general public. In 2006 heI was awarded a Young Tall Poppy of the Year award by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, giving him the opportunity to present his research to secondary schools around the state. He is also an active participant of several other science outreach programs, including Scientists in Schools and MyScience, all aimed at increasing awareness of and interest in science in primary and secondary students.

Event Date: 
Friday, 6 February, 2015 - 20:00
Location: 
Epping Creative Centre, 26 Stanley Road, Epping NSW

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