FRB2018: Finding and understanding Fast Radio Bursts

Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

14-16 February  2018

Illustration of CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope receiving the polarised signal from the new ‘fast radio burst’. Credit: Swinburne Astronomy Productions

The workshop will cover a broad range of FRB instrumentation and science, but with a particular focus on directions over the coming ~5 years, as the number of detected FRBs expands rapidly and their localisation becomes commonplace. The key themes of the workshop will be:

  • Understanding FRB progenitors and their host environments. This requires:
  • Real-time detection and localisation with interferometers.  Can we achieve these goals more effectively via:
  • Synergies between current facilities and/or identifying opportunities for existing facility upgrades?

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Key Dates

  • First Announcement: September 2017
  • Second Announcement: October 2017
  • Abstract Submission closes: 24 November 2017
  • Registration Closes: 26 January 2017

Invited Speakers include:

  • Sarah Burke-Spolar (WVU)
  • Ryan Shannon (CSIRO)
  • Manisha Caleb (Univ. Manchester)
  • Vikram Ravi (Caltech)
  • Shriharsh Tendulkar (McGill University)
  • Laura Spitler (MPIfR)
  • Jason Hessels (ASTRON, TBC)

Financial Support

Some very limited financial support may be available, with preference given to students. Please contact Sue Lester (suelester@swin.edu.au) if you would like to request financial assistance.

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.

All travellers other than Australian and New Zealand citizens need a valid visa or authority to enter Australia (including electronic visas).  Please contact the organisers if you need a letter of invitation for your visa application. For some nationalites, processing and issuance of visas can take several weeks/months, so apply well before your planned travel.

Childcare

Childcare will be available for infants and children under 5.  Please indicate in your registration if you require childcare or contact Sue Lester (suelester@swin.edu.au) if you have any questions.

Accessibility

If you have any access requirements in order to participate in this workshop please note them in your registration form or contact Sue Lester (suelester@swin.edu.au) directly with any questions.

Scientific Organising Committee

  • Keith Bannister, CSIRO
  • Adam Deller, SWIN (Chair)
  • Jean-Pierre Macquart, Curtin/ICRAR
  • Tara Murphy, USYD
  • Emily Petroff, ASTRON

Local Orgaining Committee

  • Adam Deller, SWIN
  • Sue Lester, SWIN
  • Stefan Oslowski, SWIN (Chair)

Image credit: Illustration of CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope receiving the polarised signal from the new ‘fast radio burst’. Credit: Swinburne Astronomy Productions

Event Page Image credit: Star trail behind the Molonglo telescope. Credit: Fabian Jankowksi