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

Nuclei in the Cosmos, ’12

The Australian (and New Zealand) astronomy, nuclear physics, and earth science community has won the bid to have Australia host the 12th Nuclei in the Cosmos (NICXII) meeting in 2012. This is a prestigious multi-disciplinary symposium and the premier international meeting on Nuclear Astrophysics. It is held every two years and attracts about 300 scientists from around the world. Nuclei in the Cosmos brings together nuclear experimentalists, nuclear theorists, astronomers, theoretical astrophysicists, cosmochemists, and others interested in the scientific questions at the interface of nuclear physics and astrophysics.

For more information on the conference you can visit the webpage for this year’s event which was held in Heidelberg, Germany: Sessions covered topics such as: the Big Bang, chemical evolution, stars, compact objects, supernovae, meteoritic analysis, and gamma-ray observations.

Australia has a large and growing community in Nuclear Astrophysics; 19 researchers from 7 different institutions and several major sponsors, including ANU, Monash, Swinburne, and AAO, were involved in the preparation of the bid.

The conference will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre from 5/8/2012 to 10/8/2012. The meeting will be contiguous with the Meteoritical Society meeting in Cairns (the week after) and close to the International Astronomical Union General Assembly in China (starting on the 20/8/2012). Preceeding NICXII there will be a week-long school for PhD students.

For more information please contact

e-Science Challenges in Astronomy and Astrophysics

a one-day workshop to be held on 7 December 2010
as part of the
IEEE e-Science 2010 conference
Queensland University of Technology
Brisbane, 7-10 December 2010

See for
workshop information and abstract submission.

We are particularly interested in talks from representatives of large survey and simulation projects (current and future)

Important Dates
September 10, 2010: early deadline for registering an interest
in presenting a talk at the workshop if intending
to have a paper included in the IEEE proceedings
of the main conference;
October 7, 2010: final deadline to register for a talk;
November 30, 2010: final registration;
December 7, 2010: e-Science Astronomy and Astrophysics workshop
December 8-10, 2010: main IEEE e-Science conference

The focus of the workshop will be on e-Science challenges within
astronomy and astrophysics, the innovations that these challenges
are producing now and the innovations that will be required in the
near future. A particular aim is to discuss the needs of large
survey and simulation projects in terms of data management, data
distribution and data characterisation/analysis. The opportunity
to have this discussion amongst the broader e-Science community,
and the associated crossover of knowledge and ideas, will hopefully
enhance existing efforts in these areas.

The organising committee would welcome hearing from anyone
interested in attending the workshop and/or making a presentation
related to these themes.
Please register your interest at:

and we look forward to seeing you in Brisbane in early December.

Jarrod Hurley (on behalf of the Organising Committee)