14th Asia-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting
The next Asia-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting (APRIM) will be held in Perth, Western Australia, from 6-10 July 2020.
It is very timely to host the next APRIM in Perth. Australia has a reputation for world-class facilities and major breakthroughs in optical, infrared and radio astronomy, as well as in theoretical astrophysics.
CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) manage Australia’s leading facilities for radio astronomy and spacecraft tracking, and are globally renowned for their radio astronomy research and engineering expertise. Researchers and engineers from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) will explore new science, enabled by the next generation of radio telescopes, and are collaborating internationally to develop low-frequency antennas for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).
With the advent of new facilities, astronomy is becoming more international than ever. Australia enjoys increasingly strong links with the rest of the Asia-Pacific region, and many productive science and instrumentation collaborations, both large and small. Highlights include the Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), which uses a system developed at the European Southern Observatory and ICRAR to manage the huge amounts of data it gathers, as well as a receiver constructed by Australia’s national science agency CSIRO. The Australia-China connection in the domain of Antarctic astronomy is also strong. Radio astronomy research collaborations occurring across the region are wide-ranging in the areas of centimetre- and millimetre-astronomy. The sizeable commitments from Asia-Pacific partners to develop the next generation of large optical telescopes will strengthen these connections.
Today, Australia continues to build on this reputation for excellence, innovation and international collaboration through the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) and Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescopes, the Sydney-AAO Multi-object Integral-field spectrograph (SAMI), and forthcoming major optical developments, such as Hector and TAIPAN. Australia’s SKA site in remote Western Australia will host 130,000 wide-bandwidth antennas known as SKA-Low, exploring the edge of the Universe where the first stars and galaxies emerged.
Perth is Western Australia’s capital city, where you can enjoy the beach lifestyle, relax in natural bushland, sample world-class local wines and watch an ocean sunset within just 30 minutes of the city. It’s also the sunniest state capital, averaging 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and boasting a string of 19 beautiful and uncrowded beaches, from the iconic Cottesloe to the surfing hotspot of Scarborough.
Situated beside the Swan River, Perth is like a living postcard, with the best views of all from Kings Park and Botanic Garden — one of the biggest inner-city parks in the world.
Register your interest on the APRIM 2020 website — following the GA, a lucky winner will be randomly selected to receive a free registration to the meeting!