30th AUG – from 5pm
PROF ALAN R DUFFY
The Future of Space Travel…and Australia’s Place In It
Space Travel…Black Holes…Dark Matter…UFOs…Life on Mars…Going Back to the Moon…
These are just some of the things we’ll be discussing with Astronomer & Astrophysicist, Professor Alan Duffy. Professor Duffy is a Swinburne astronomer Associate Professor and works on dark matter, dark energy, galaxy formation and cosmology as well as explaining science nationally as Lead Scientist of the Royal Institution of Australia, home of Australia’s Science Channel. He is an experienced public speaker and science communicator on TV / radio and print.
Chances are you’ve seen him explaining big ideas in simple ways on the ABC.
The on-stage conversation will be followed by an intimate meet & greet with Prof Duffy.
Join us for the seventh and final event in the Institute of Interesting Ideas Winter Series, Kiama. Tickets from $55
Research Fellow and Associate Professor @ Swinburne University and Lead Scientist @ The Royal Institution of Australia home of Australia’s Science Channel.
Prof Duffy is a professional astrophysicist creating universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies form and to probe the nature of dark matter. He often then get to explain it to as wide an audience as possible on TV / radio or public events.
Currently Alan is at the Centre for Astrophysics and Computing at Swinburne University. Before then he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Melbourne, and a postdoctoral research associate with ICRAR at the University of Western Australia. Prior to all this antipodean fun he obtained his PhD from the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and spent a year or two as a postgraduate at the Sterrewacht, Leiden Observatory in The Netherlands.
Prof Alan R Duffy is a member of SABRE, the world’s first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere, based at the bottom of a gold mine at SUPL (Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory) in Victoria, Australia.
As a member of two leading surveys on the next-generation Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope he create local universe simulations that can be used to test their galaxy formation and dark matter theories when compared with observations from the WALLABY and DINGO surveys.