2019-2021 ANITA Steering Committee

Following the call for nominations, I am happy to announce that the new ANITA Steering Committee is as follows:

Chair (2018-2020):

Daniel Price (Monash University)

General committee (2018-2020):

Ashley Ruiter (ADFA/UNSW; treasurer)
Ivo Seitenzahl (ADFA/UNSW)
Rhys Poulton (UWA)


Krzysztof Bolejko (UTas; secretary)
Ilya Mandel (Monash; deputy chair)
Ramtin Amintaheri (USyd)

Student representative (2019-2020):
Thomas Venville (Swinburne; webmaster)

Immediate Past Chair:

I would like to thank our outgoing committee members for all of their hard work: Stas Shabala, Roland Crocker, JP Macquart and Jacob Seiler

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)

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

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.


Australian Astronomer Awarded 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics

ANITA wishes to congratulate Brain P. Schmidt for being one of the three cosmologists awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe. In addition to his scientific exploits, Brian has worked tirelessly for broader Australian Astronomy community since moving to ANU over a decade and a half ago. He is a strong supporter of theoretical and numerical astrophysics. We look forward to his continued involvement in the years to come.