Our 2019 BOK Lecture Guest is Professor Tamara Davis

Tamara Davis

Professor Tamara Davis is an astrophysicist who studies the elusive “dark energy” that’s accelerating the expansion of the universe. She’s measured time-dilation in distant supernovae, helped make one of the largest maps of the distribution of galaxies in the universe, and is now measuring how supermassive black holes have grown over the last 12 billion years. Having spent more than a decade working closely with the telescopes at Siding Spring, she is now helping manage the international Dark Energy Survey, a 5-year project involving almost 500 astrophysicists on 5 continents. Amongst her many accolades are the Astronomical Society of Australia’s Medal for the early career researcher with the highest international impact, the Australian Academy of Science’s Nancy Millis Medal for outstanding female leadership in science, and an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship.

Our 2019 Sceince in the Pub Guest's

Professor Fred Watson

Fred Watson

Fred Watson has been Astronomer-in-Charge of the Australian Astronomical Observatory since 1995, but is best known for his radio and TV broadcasts, books, and other outreach programmes - including science tourism. Fred is a musician, too, with both a science-themed CD and an award-winning symphony libretto to his name. Fred was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010. He has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson), but says that if it hits the Earth, it won't be his fault.

Andy Howell

Andy Howell

Andy Howell is a staff scientist at Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network and adjunct faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Kirsten Banks

Kirstin Banks

Kirsten Banks is officially a Physicist and a proud Wiradjuri woman with an undeniable passion for space and astronomy. She loves to share her passion with the universe and dreams of becoming a famous Science Communicator like Brian Cox. Kirsten has appeared on numerous radio stations such as ABC Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, Triple J and Triple M, and has her own Astronomy podcast “The Skyentists” with co-host Dr Angel Lopez-Sanchez. Her academic research involves the role of Planets in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditions and she is really looking forward to starting research in the evolution of Galaxies and Galactic Archeology.

Tamara Davis

Tamara Davis

Professor Tamara Davis is an astrophysicist who studies the elusive “dark energy” that’s accelerating the expansion of the universe. She’s measured time-dilation in distant supernovae, helped make one of the largest maps of the distribution of galaxies in the universe, and is now measuring how supermassive black holes have grown over the last 12 billion years. Having spent more than a decade working closely with the telescopes at Siding Spring, she is now helping manage the international Dark Energy Survey, a 5-year project involving almost 500 astrophysicists on 5 continents. Amongst her many accolades are the Astronomical Society of Australia’s Medal for the early career researcher with the highest international impact, the Australian Academy of Science’s Nancy Millis Medal for outstanding female leadership in science, and an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship.

Matthew Dodds

Matt Dodds

Matt Dodds is an Amateur Astronomer and the Education Officer for the Sydney University node of ASTRO 3D. He has a keen passion for Astronomy and Science Education and connecting people with the night sky. Having spent the better part of the last decade as a High School Science Teacher, Matt excels at inspiring students to follow their passions, ask questions and pursue their goals in Science related fields. Matt can often be found travelling around the country, sharing the eyepiece of his telescopes with school groups or the general public. He also presents various workshops to teacher and student groups such as the basics of spectroscopy, the scale of the solar system and how to build a telescope. One his long drives around Australia he loves listening to Astronomy podcasts such as "Space Nuts", "Cosmic Vertigo" and the "Exocast". He on both Instagram and Twitter @ScienceWithMat.