2016 ANITA Workshop and Summer School

Dear Anita members,

We are delighted to announce the Australian National Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics summer school and annual workshop for 2016, to be held at Monash University, Clayton Campus in sunny Melbourne, Victoria.

Summer school:
“Dancing with the stars: The life and death of stars”
Mon-Wed 8th-10th February 2016

ANITA annual conference/workshop:
Thurs-Fri 11th-12th February 2016

Registration will open in October 2015. The summer school will be free for students and there will be no registration fee for the ANITA workshop. The conference dinner will be held on Thurs 11th Feb.

See http://anita.edu.au/workshop2016 for updates or contact the local organisers for further details.

Save the date!

Your local organisers,
Paul Lasky, Daniel Price & Alex Heger

2015 ANITA workshop and Astroinformatics School

Dear ANITA Members,
The 2015 ANITA Workshop and Astroinformatics School will be hosted by the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, at the ANU. Please see details below.

Cathryn, on behalf of the Organising Committee


2015 ANITA Workshop and Astroinformatics School
The Australian National University
Workshop: Monday February 9th – Tuesday February 10th, 2015
School: Wednesday February 11th – Friday February 13th, 2015
Organising Committee: Geoff Bicknell, Amanda Karakas,
Alexander Heger, Krzysztof Bolejko, Camila Correa
Program and accommodation details to come.

ANITA Workshop and Summer School 2014

Dear ANITA and ASA members.

We would like to invite you to attend the 8th Workshop of the Australian National Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (ANITA), to be held on the 17th and 18th of February 2014, followed by the N-body Summer School from the 19th to 21st of February 2014. Both events will be hosted by the Sydney Institute for Astronomy (SIfA) at the University of Sydney.

Please follow the link below to learn more about the Workshop/School and to register:


There is no registration fee for either the Workshop or School. This is thanks to the kind contributions from the following sponsors:

  • Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA)
  • Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO)
  • International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
  • Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO)
  • Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing (CAS), Swinburne
  • University of Melbourne
  • Macquarie University
  • University of Sydney

We look forward to seeing you in Sydney in 2014.

ANITA Steering Committee: Jarrod Hurley, Darren Croton, Sarah Maddison, Orsola De Marco, Chris Power, Alan Duffy, Cathryn Trott & Camila Correa.

2014 Organising Committee: Geraint Lewis, Krzysztof Bolejko, Orsola De Marco, Chris Power & Weiguang Cui.


ANITA Google Hangout Lecture 1 – Friday 3pm (AEST) 26th July 2013

This Friday at 3pm (AEST) ANITA will hold its first online lecture. All are welcome to join! The target audience will range from undergrad to postdoc, however anyone interested is sure to get something out of it.


The lecture will be held through Google Hangouts on Air.

  1. You’ll first need a Google account (e.g. gmail). Log in to it.
  2. If you’ve never done a Google Hangout before you’ll need to install a plugin for your browser. See https://www.google.com/tools/dlpage/hangoutplugin
  3. On Google+ search for “Anita Chapter” and head to our page.
  4. Alternatively, go directly to our Chapter page here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104967001091880466806/posts
  5. You’ll see a post for the Hangout on Air at around 3pm – hit play and enjoy!

Some hints for a better experience:

  • You can breakout the small video window on the Google+ page by opening it in YouTube. This gives you a much bigger view.
  • Post any comments/questions under the video in the comments box on the Google+ or YouTube page.
  • I don’t believe that comments are updated in real time; you may need to reload the page to see the latest.

I’ll be broadcasting video and slides. There’ll be time for questions throughout and at the end. If you have a question please post it as a comment and prefix it with “QUESTION: …” so it stands out. I’ll then try to answer it as best i can.

All lectures will be hosted on our ANITA YouTube page for later viewing. In the coming weeks we’ll set up the appropriate links from the ANITA homepage etc.

Finally, this is a bit of an experiment! Our trial ran fairly smoothly, but please bear with us. Any feedback on your experience will help make future lectures more valuable for all.

Darren Croton