The Australian National Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics

Welcome to the Australian National Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (ANITA), a Chapter of the Astronomical Society of Australia. ANITA is a virtual national institute which aims to ensure that the needs of Australian theoretical astrophysics are represented at a national and international level.

The goals of ANITA are to raise the profile of Australian theoretical astrophysics, encourage national collaboration, foster international links, facilitate theoretical astrophysics meetings, and provide input into national policy.

History

The Australian National Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (ANITA) was established subsequent to a February 2001 meeting of astrophysicists who gathered at Mount Stromlo Observatory to discuss the the mid-term report of the astronomy decadal review “Beyond 2000: The Way Forward.” Recognising a need for the voice of the Australian theoretical astrophysics community to be heard, the concept of ANITA was embraced.

The first ANITA workshop was held at Monash University in February 2002. This workshop brought together Australian theoretical astrophysicists and showcased the variety of research being conducted around the country. The initial ANITA Steering Committee was formed from those present at the end of the first meeting. The ANITA Charter and steering committee elections followed.

In 2006 ANITA became a Chapter of the Astronomical Society of Australia.

Steering Committee

The ANITA Steering Committee works to ensure that the needs of Australian theoretical astrophysics are represented at a national and international level. This is achieved by carrying out the functions and goals of ANITA as specified in the Charter.

The current Steering Committee is made up of:

  • Chair
  • Ilya Mandel (Monash University, through 2024)
  • Members
  • Fiona Panther (UWA, through 2023, Secretary)
  • Greg Poole (ADACS/Swinburne, through 2023, Treasurer)
  • Chayan Chatterjee (UWA, through 2023)
  • Darren Croton (Swinburne, through 2024, Deputy Chair)
  • Ivo Seitenzahl (ADFA/UNSW, through 2024)
  • Thor Tepper Garcia (U Sydney, through 2024)
  • Student representatives
  • Samuel Verne (UTas)

The ANITA Charter

"The Australian National Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (ANITA) is an Australia-wide Institute consisting of members drawn from different Universities and other astronomical institutions. ANITA is a Chapter of the Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA). ANITA is a cooperative organisation that is not the province of any one institution but which has a broadly based and fundamental role in the promotion of theoretical astrophysics ..."

Meetings

One of the aims of ANITA is to facilitate theory meetings in Australia. To this end, ANITA sponsors a general national workshop and summer school each year, along with periodic workshops on topics of interest to the community.

Upcoming ANITA Sponsored Meetings

Lectures

ANITA supports the ongoing education of astronomy students, postdocs, and staff by occasionally hosting a series of monthly online lectures. These lectures cover a wide range of topics: from basic statistics and computational techniques, to advanced specialised subjects and more.

Membership

We encourage all astronomers to join ANITA and help shape theoretical astrophysics in Australia: how we develop and coordinate our expertise, our infrastructure, and our research. There is no cost to join, although current membership in the Astronomical Society of Australia is required.

As a member you will have a say in the future of our community. You will receive periodic email updates with information about planned meetings, funding opportunities, and recent publications, and be eligible to vote in the ANITA elections.

Get in touch

Enquiries can be made by emailing ANITA at asa.anita.chapter@gmail.com.