ANITA 2019 workshop and astroinformatics school

The 13th Australian National Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (ANITA) annual science workshop will be held 7th-8th Feb 2019 at Swinburne University in Melbourne

The ANITA/ADACS astroinformatics school will run 4th-6th Feb 2019, preceding the ANITA workshop. The theme for 2019 is “Rise of the machines: An introduction to Machine Learning”. Updates here:

Registration will open shortly, once the school program has been finalised. The ANITA school and workshop are open to all astronomers.

Scientific Organising Committee:
ANITA steering committee plus:
Rebecca Lange (ADACS/Curtin)
Lachlan Campbell (ADACS/CSIRO)
Jarrod Hurley (ADACS/Swinburne)

Local Organising Committee:
Jacob Seiler (Swinburne) – chair
Adam Batten (Swinburne)
Robert Dzudzar (Swinburne)
Adelle Goodwin (Monash)
Hayley Macpherson (Monash)
Rhys Poulton (ICRAR-UWA)
Daniel Price (Monash)

2018-2020 ANITA Steering Committee

The new ANITA Steering Committee is:

Chair (2018-2020):

Daniel Price (Monash University)

General committee (2018-2020):

Ashley Ruiter (ADFA/UNSW)
Ivo Seitenzahl (ADFA/UNSW)


J-P Macquart (Curtin/ICRAR)
Roland Crocker (ANU)
Stas Shabala (UTas)

Student representatives (2018-2020):

Rhys Poulton (UWA)
Jacob Seiler (Swinburne)

Immediate Past Chair:

I would like to thank our outgoing committee members for all of their hard work: Christoph Federrath, Krzysztof Bolejko and Aaron Robotham

ANITA2018 and gravitational wave astronomy summer school

Registration forms and meeting information is available at:

The 12th annual ANITA theory workshop will be held on 8th-9th February 2018 at the ARRC building at Curtin University, Perth (WA). It will be preceded by the ANITA science school on 5th-7th February 2018, at the ICRAR Fairway building at UWA, Perth (WA).

The ANITA workshop covers all topics of theoretical and computational astrophysics and is open to all.

The ANITA science school will be focussed on gravitational wave astronomy / science. This includes instrumentation, real time analysis, astrophysical follow-up, and all topics in between. On the third day of the school we will be going to Gingin to see the research activities going on there (this is the Wednesday of that week). The school programme is taking shape nicely, and we have some very interesting sessions lined up by Paul Lasky:
* Kendall Ackley (Monash): Multimessenger Astronomy
* Jade Powell (Swinburne): Astrophysics of LIGO sources
* Stefan Oslowski (Swinburne): Pulsar Timing Arrays
* Rory Smith (Caltech): LIGO Data Analysis and Parameter Inference
* Rob Ward (TBC): How LIGO works (instrumentation)

The programme is still finalising for the school, but you are already able to submit abstracts for the workshop. There are limited numbers for both the school (~30), Ginger trip (~40) and the workshop (~50), so please register soon to avoid disappointment. We will be closing registration on the 24 December (last day of term for most Universities), or when all the spaces are filled.

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

2016-2018 ANITA Steering Committee

The new ANITA Steering Committee is:

Chair (2016-2018):

Daniel Price, Monash

General committee (2015-2017):

Paul Lasky (Monash)
Jean-Pierre Macquart (Curtin/ICRAR)
Amanda Karakas (Monash)


Krzysztof Bolejko (Sydney)
Christoph Federrath (ANU)
Aaron Robotham (UWA/ICRAR)

Student representative (2016-2017):

Luz Angela Garcia (Swinburne)

Immediate Past Chair:

Cathryn Trott (Curtin/ICRAR).

I would like to thank our outgoing committee members for all of their hard work: Darren Croton, Alexander Heger, Camila Correa.

ANITA Summer School and Workshop – On Now!

The 2016 ANITA Summer School and Workshop are being held this week in Melbourne, hosted by Monash University.

The School, “Dancing with the Stars” brings some of the highest quality Australian and international star formation researchers to instruct students.

The ANITA Workshop will be held Thursday February 11 – Friday February 12. This year’s Workshop promises to be extra exciting for the Theory community, with the LIGO press release overnight on Thursday. Monash University’s resident gravity wave experts, including Dr Paul Lasky, will provide a special update on the announcement for those in attendance on Friday.

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 for updates or contact the local organisers for further details.

Save the date!

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

ANITA Town Hall Meeting: Thursday July 9, 1pm, ASA Meeting

ANITA will be holding a Town Hall update meeting at the ASA Annual Scientific Meeting in Fremantle next month. We hope you can attend to hear about ANITA’s activities and provide suggestions to the Steering Committee. We will also be announcing the location of the 2016 ANITA Workshop and School, and launching the ANITA Colloquium Database.

Location: Sirius Room, Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle WA

Date: Thursday July 9

Time: 1pm (part of lunch break)