Exploring the Radio Transient Sky

When: 5th-6th December 2013

Where: SIfA Seminar Room, 44-70 Rosehill Street, Redfern

Registration is now Closed

The ASKAP Variables and Slow Transients project (VAST) is a set of surveys designed to comprehensively explore variable and slow transient behaviour on timescales from seconds to years. The scientific goals cover a wide range of areas, from gamma-ray bursts and supernovae, to extreme scattering events and scintillation, to magnetars, X-ray binaries and brown dwarfs.

Progress on ASKAP is underway, and Early Science observations are expected to commence at the end of 2014. With this in mind, we are holding a meeting to discuss the latest developments in scientific areas of interest to VAST and also plan our Early Science strategy.

Everyone is welcome to attend, but please register for catering purposes.

Schedule: 9:30am - 4:30pm both days

Final Program now available

Participant List

Confirmed Speakers

  • Martin Bell (University of Sydney)
  • Hayley Bignall (Curtin University)
  • Steve Croft (University of California, Berkeley)
  • George Djorgovski (California Institute of Technology)
  • Ciro Donalek (Caltech)
  • Giancarlo Ghirlanda (INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera)
  • Matthew Graham (California Institute of Technology)
  • Aidan Hotan (CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science)
  • Simon Johnston (CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science)
  • J-P Macquart (Curtin University)
  • Stuart Ryder (Australian Astronomical Observatory)
  • Brian Schmidt (Australian National University)
  • Randall Wyath (Curtin University)
  • Peter Williams (Harvard)

Travel and Accommodation
Participants will arrange their own travel and accommodation; however, we list here some relatively convenient options in the general vicinity of the workshop venue.
Chippendale: Adina Apartments, Y Hotel City South, Posh Hotel, Cooper Lodge Hotel