ANITA2017 and Astroinformatics school: registrations now open

The 11th Australian National Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (ANITA) annual theory workshop and astroinformatics school will be held on:

6th-10th February 2017, University of Tasmania, Hobart

The ANITA workshop will run Thu-Fri 9th-10th Feb, covering all aspects of theoretical and computational astrophysics

The Astroinformatics summer school will be held Mon-Wed 6th-8th Feb, covering:

• A whole day of Python! Including introduction, numpy, scipy, plotting and interactive python notebooks
• Introduction to sql databases and mysql
• Usage of git, github and source control
• Introduction to cloud computing, deep learning, high performance computing using MPI and GPUs
• Visualisation techniques

Registration is free*

*a $250 registration fee is requested from non-students wishing to attend the school to help cover costs

ASA/ANITA Astroinformatics Summer School (2013) – registration now open

Registration is now open for the 3 day ASA/ANITA Astroinformatics Summer School, 18th-20th Feb. The school will cover techniques and resources for use in astrophysics. Topics covered will be similar to the last school, which included:

  • Unix and unix-like operating systems
  • Python
  • Virtual observatory tools
  • Databases and SQL
  • TOPCAT and PyRAF
  • MPI Programming and HPC

The summer school is open to all advanced undergraduate, honours and PhD students as well as active Astronomy and Astrophysics researchers within Australia and New Zealand. However, numbers are limited and so when allocating spaces priority will be given to students. There is a 110 AUD fee to attend the school for salaried researchers, which is waived for students.

The closing date for registration is 15th January 2013. For details and registration see the workshop website.


ANITA Annual Theory Workshop (2013) – registration now open

Registration is now open for the 7th Annual Theory Workshop of the Australian National Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (ANITA), which will be held on the 21st and 22nd of February 2013 at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. There is a 55 AUD registration fee for the workshop for Postdocs and Faculty, but there is no fee for students.

Professor Lawrence Krauss has been invited, and will be giving the opening address. All other talks will be contributed by the attendees, with 15-20 minutes given for each. Talks will be allotted by the organisers, with preference given to students and those that request talks early.

The closing date for registration is 15th January 2013. For details and registration see the workshop website


XXIV Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics – Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

“Astrophysical Applications of Gravitational Lensing”

Puerto de La Cruz, Tenerife, Spain, 4th-16th November 2012


The primary aim of the XXIV Winter School is to provide a wide-ranging and

up-to-date overview of different aspects of gravitational lensing and its
application to several fields of Astrophysics (Dark Matter, Galaxies structure,
Quasar accretion disks, Exoplanets, etc) and Cosmology. The School is
particularly designed to introduce young researchers to the use of gravitational
lensing as a tool in their current work.

Topics and Lecturers:

– Lensing Basics

Sherry Suyu (University of California, Santa Bárbara, USA)

– Dark Matter in Clusters and Large Scale Structure
Peter Schneider (Universitat Bonn, Germany)

– AGN and Quasars
Joaquim Wambsganss (Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg, Germany)

– Galaxies and Cosmology
Emilio Falco (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA)

– Exoplanets
Andy Gould (Ohio State University, USA)

– The Future of Lensing
Chris Fassnacht (University of California, Davis, USA)

– Tutorial for Lens Modeling
Chuck Keeton (Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA)

– Tutorial for Inverse Ray Shooting
Jorge Jiménez-Vicente (Universidad de Granada, Spain)

School Venue:

The sessions will take place at the Hotel Beatriz Atlantis & Spa **** in Puerto

de la Cruz, where the participants will also be accommodated. Hotel reservations
and special requests will be handled by the organizers.

The hotel is a modern hotel located at the sea front and very close to the
centre of Puerto de la Cruz. In the surroundings you find the commercial area
with shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants.


The school is primarily intended for doctoral students and recent postdocs in

any field of research in Astronomy. Those interested in attending the Winter
School should register using the online form in our web page:

The registration fee is Euro 1500.-, which covers the Conference Fee, half-board
accommodation for thirteen days (from Sunday 4th to Saturday 17th, on the basis
of shared rooms), all excursions and social activities including visits to the
observatories on La Palma and Tenerife, and a copy of the proceedings. Hotel
bookings are handled directly by the organization. Those participants wanting to
share a room with a specific person should indicate it by email to

Financial Support:

A limited number of grants may be provided by the organization to partially

cover registration costs. Those applicants requiring partial support to attend
the School may fill in the corresponding form in the personal area once

Social Events:

There will be a number of social events during the School. The following is a

first approximation to the social activities that we intend to include:

* A Welcome Cocktail on Sunday, November 4th.
* Visit to a local winery (Dinner included).
* Visit to the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma (Lunch included).
* Visit to the IAC’s Headquarter in La Laguna (Tenerife) (Dinner included).
* Visit to the Teide Observatory in Tenerife (Lunch included).
* Closing Dinner.

School Deadlines:

* June 15th, 2011 – Deadline for both the Registration and Applications.

* July 1st, 2011 – Selected candidates will be informed.

School Web Page:


Organizing Committee

* Evencio Mediavilla Gradolph
* José Antonio Muñoz Lozano
* Francisco Garzón López
* Francisco Sánchez Martínez


Lourdes González
XXIV Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
C/ Vía Láctea, s/n
38200 La Laguna – Tenerife
Phone: +34-922-605271
Fax: +34-922-605210

ASA/ANITA Numerical Astrophysics Summer School

The ANITA meeting will be followed by a 3 day numerical astrophysics summer school from the 15th-17th Feb (preliminary program at Topics covered will be:

• Introduction to programming for High Performance Computing
• N-body methods
• Grid-based hydrodynamics
• Particle-based hydrodynamics
• Cosmological simulation techniques
• Semi-analytic models of Galaxy formation

Registration for the summer school is open to all advanced undergraduate, honours and PhD students as well as active Astronomy and Astrophysics researchers within Australia and New Zealand. However, numbers are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis with preference to students.

Student travel grants are available for attendance at both the ANITA meeting and the summer school. Please indicate on the registration form if you are interested.

Contact: Daniel Price (daniel.price [at] or your nearest ANITA committee member.

ANITA Townhall Meeting at 2011 ASA ASM

We held an ANITA townhall meeting at this year’s ASA ASM. Here are the minutes of the meeting:

1) Darren presented an overview of …

  • ANITA; it’s intent and purpose
  • our newletters for the past year
  • our demographics. Currently 87 members; 74% male and 43% students
  • our website

2) Daniel presented a discussion of this past year’s meetings and the upcoming ANITA meeting at Monash

  • ANITA 2011 Workshop: 38 participants & 18 talks
  • ANITA 2012 Workshop: 13-14 Feb @ Monash
  • Daniel also announced a computational meeting associated with the ANITA 2012 meeting
  • Symposium on Nuclei in the Cosmos

3) Jarrod presented an update on gSTAR

  • available ~ Sept 2011
  • supplied by SGI
  • 50 GPU nodes
  • QDR Infiniband
  • 40+ GPUs in 2nd phase (late 2011)
  • 75% for national astronomy access
  • any astronomer at a publicly funded institution
  • 50% is merit allocation
  • remainder for general access
  • 1M CPU-hours available on Swinburne system
  • Jarrod also reminded us about the Melbourne HPC GPU workshop @ Monash; July 13-14

4) Luke Hodkinson gave an overview of NCI Support for supercomputing

  • NCI merit allocation schemes
  • NCI support for GPUing software etc
  • Those interested can submit project requests HERE

5) Darren lead a discussion of the Midterm Review recommendation: “Over the period of 2012-2015, under the coordination of ANITA, a strategic plan for theoretical astrophysics should be developed.”

  • Comments from the floor: what is our resource use and research focus now? Only with that knowledge can we say where we are going.
  • ACTION: ensure that computing facilities are acknowledged in publications so that we can collect statistics. In particular: do we have to identify areas to concentrate on?
  • Darren presented ideas from steering committee meeting:
    • Create a strategic plan
    • Submit to the Academy of Science
    • Consultation of both theorists and observers
    • Prepared by ANITA steering committee
    • Input from a (small?) advisory committee
    • This should be a plan for the next 3 years as well as to position theory for the 2015-2025 Decandal Plan
    • Submission date 1st March 2012
  • ACTION: The steering committee will initiate the strategic plan process and begin consultation with the theory community in the next 1-2 months.

The slides from the meeting can be found here: (Download)

The ANU Nuclei in the Cosmos Winter School, 2012

In 2012 (30th July-3rd Aug) ANU will be hosting a Winter School to help prepare postgraduate students and young researchers in the multi-disciplinary topics (e.g.,supernovae, stellar nucleosynthesis, reaction rates, nuclear physics, geochemistry, and presolar grain analysis) that will be covered at the Nuclei in the Cosmos (NIC XII) conference. Lecturers are still to be decided but will include a selection of Australian and international experts on the above topics.

The meeting will be held right after the School in Cairns.

Please send queries to or

The Next ANITA Workshop is in Perth, February 14-15 2011

Following on from the success of the ANITA meeting in Swinburne earlier this year (see last quarters newsletter for a summary) the 2011 meeting will be held in the ICRAR facilities in Perth. We are aiming for a larger student presence this year than previous and to that end are partnering the ANITA meeting with the Astro-informatics workshop later in the week.

Expect an email announcement soon but registration can be found at: ANITA ‘011