The Taipan Galaxy Survey

The Taipan Galaxy Survey

Event Name The Taipan Galaxy Survey
Start Date 27 Nov 2018 1:00 pm
End Date 27 Nov 2018 2:00 pm
Duration 1 hour

Location: 14SCO (E7B) T5

Title: The TAIPAN Galaxy Survey

Abstract: Taipan is a new multiobject spectroscopic survey to be conducted with the UK Schmidt Telescope (UKST) at Siding Spring. The UKST has been completely refurbished to facilitate the project, and a new fibre positioning system using the AAO’s novel "starbug" technology allows parallel positioning of up to 150 optical fibres in just a few minutes. With this new system, the Taipan survey aims to measure up to 2 million galaxies in the coming 4-5 years. This will enable a significant improvement on the measurement of the Hubble parameter, the most extensive map of the mass distribution and motions in the local Universe using peculiar velocities, and understanding the role of mass and environment in the evolution of the galaxies. Taipan will have strong legacy value through complementing current and planned surveys of the southern sky, and it will be a key spectroscopic resource for years to come.

Bio: Andrew Hopkins has more than 20 years experience as a professional astronomer. He has held prestigious research fellowships, the Hubble Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, and an Australian Research Council Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship at the University of Sydney. He led the astronomy group at the Australian Astronomical Observatory for ten years, including a five month period as Acting Director, until its restructuring in 2018. He is an active leader in Australian astronomy, having been President of the Astronomical Society of Australia, and having served on the National Committee for Astronomy, as well as dozens of advisory committees. His leadership and management have been recognised with multiple awards from the Federal Department of Industry. He is a strong champion for diversity and equity, having led the AAO’s Diversity Committee for five years. This work has been recognised through the AAO winning the 2013 AHRI Gender Equity award, and with Silver Pleiades Awards from the ASA 2014 and 2016. He is a Fellow of the Astronomical Society of Australia, and Professor of Astronomy at Macquarie University. His research is aimed at understanding the evolution of star formation in galaxies over cosmic history.

Note: Date change. Now taking place on Tuesday 27 November 1pm.

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