ASA Annual Scientific Meeting 2018
The Annual Scientific Meeting of the Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) for 2018 will be held at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, between 25-29 June.
As the SkyMapper and the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) move towards full science operations, along with the establishment of large-scale theory data initiatives such as the Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory, OzGrav, and the ASTRO-3D Data Intensive Astronomy program, one of the meeting themes will be focusing on the challenges of Astronomy in the Petascale Data Era.
The membership of Australia in the European Southern Observatory (ESO) is one of the biggest restructuring of the Australian astronomy landscape in the last few decades. The other major theme of the 2018 ASA will be Astronomy in the Era of ESO. The incentive is to promote a broader knowledge of ESO facilities and to engage ESO connections with optical, radio, multi-messenger and theoretical astronomers in Australia.
The main conference venue is at the Hawthorn campus of Swinburne University of Technology. A map of the campus is available here.
The main lecture hall, ATC 101, in the Advanced Technologies Centre has a 450-seat capacity. The foyer of ATC 101 will be used for the registration desk, hosting the poster sessions, and tea/lunch breaks. An additional, 108-seat capacity lecture hall and a smaller, 58-seat capacity theatre are booked for parallel sessions (EN 101 in the Engineering building, and the VR theatre in AR building).
If you have any concerns regarding wheelchair accessibility, please e-mail the LOC: ASA2018@astro.swin.edu.au.
Getting to Melbourne from the airport
SkyBus operates transfer buses between the airport and Southern Cross, a train station located on the city loop around the heart of Melbourne. There are also many rental car companies at the airport, and other methods to get to and from the airport include taxis and the rideshare app, Uber. You can find more information about transport options from the airport to the centre on the airport’s website.
Getting to Swinburne and using public transport around the city
If you choose to take the SkyBus to the city, Swinburne Hawthorn campus can be reached by train from Southern Cross via the Alamein, Belgrave or Lilydale lines. The campus is located at Glenferrie train station. The PTV journey planner is a useful tool for planning your trip (there's also an app that you can dowload). You’ll need a myKi card to use public transport, you can read about getting and using a myKi here.
Special arrangements have been made with hotels and apartment complexes in the vicinity of the conference venue. Besides these hotels listed below, a myriad of accommodation options can be found at Melbourne CBD, which can be reached in 20 mins by train.
Richmond Hill Hotel
Richmond Hill Hotel is located close to East Richmond train station, six minutes away from Glenferrie station by train. This hotel offers simple but comfortable economy rooms for $81 per night for a room with a single bed, and $90 per night for a room with a double bed or twin (2 single beds). Bathrooms are shared with couple of other rooms. Ensuite rooms with private bathroom are also available for $122.40 per night for sole occupant, and $131.40 per night for a double or twin bedded room for 2 people. These rates are inclusive of continental breakfast.
A few rooms (listed below) will be held for ASA participants until 1pm on Thursday, the 10th of May. If anyone wishes to book by this deadline, please quote "Swinburne Room allocation".
- 5 standard ensuite rooms with one double bed.
- 2 twin ensuite rooms with a double bed and a single bed.
- 2 Economy single rooms with one single bed.
- 2 Economy twin rooms with 2 single beds.
- 2 Economy double rooms with one double bed.
Quest Apartment Hotels
The Hawthorn branch of Quest Apartment Hotels is located within 2 mins of walk from Swinburne University. They are offering a rate of $179 per night for individual or twin shared rooms. Please don’t forget to quote the name of the conference (Astronomical Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting) when making the booking.
The Glenferrie Hotel is located within a 5 min walk distance from the Swinburne Hawthorn campus.
- They are offering a rate of $145 per night for the Standard King Spa room. There are 12 rooms available.
- We also have 3 twin rooms which consist of 1 x king double and 1 x king single beds in the same room. These are $195 per night.
- Lastly, they have 1 x Family Room which consists of 1 x king double bed in one room and 2 x king single beds in another room. This is not discounted and is $225 per night.
Please quote “Swinburne University” and the conference name to ensure the correct pricing.
Child care will be available during ASA 2018. If you will be requiring childcare during the meeting, please contact ASA2018@astro.swin.edu.au with the number, ages of your child(ren), and anything else that may be required in that regard. More details will be given at a later stage.
|Karl Glazebrook (chair)||Darren Croton (chair, Swinburne)|
|Katinka Gereb (chief organiser)||Katie Jameson (ANU)|
|Brad Tucker||Virginia Kilborn (Swinburne)|
|Glenn Kacprzak||Sarah Martell (UNSW)|
|Virginia Kilborn||Rob Hollow (CSIRO/ATNF)|
|Emm Ryan-Weber||Daniel Price (Monash)|
|Darren Croton||Brad Tucker (ANU)|
|Alan Duffy||Barbara Catinella (ICRAR)|
|Jeff Cooke||Rebecca Lange (ADACS rep.)|
|Andrew Jameson||Paul Lasky (OzGrav rep.)|
|Michael Murphy||Colin Jacobs (HWSA rep.)|
|Liz Thackray (admin, finance)||Katinka Gereb (Swinburne)|
Registration options | All dates & times are in AEDT; all costs include GST
|NZ Student (early-bird)||$280.00||March 1, 2018, 6 a.m.||April 30, 2018, midnight|
|ASA Student/Retired member (early-bird)||$280.00||March 1, 2018, 6 a.m.||April 30, 2018, midnight|
|Student/Retired non-member (early-bird)||$420.00||March 1, 2018, 6 a.m.||April 30, 2018, midnight|
|ASA Full member (early-bird)||$490.00||March 1, 2018, 6 a.m.||April 30, 2018, midnight|
|NZ Astronomer (early-bird)||$490.00||March 1, 2018, 6 a.m.||April 30, 2018, midnight|
|Full non-member (early-bird)||$620.00||March 1, 2018, 6 a.m.||April 30, 2018, midnight|
|Teacher/Educator/Press (early-bird)||$500.00||March 19, 2018, noon||April 30, 2018, midnight|
|One day||$130.00||March 1, 2018, 6 a.m.||June 23, 2018, midnight|
|Two days||$330.00||March 1, 2018, 6 a.m.||June 23, 2018, midnight|
|ASA Student/Retired member (late registration)||$350.00||April 30, 2018, midnight||June 23, 2018, midnight|
|NZ Student (late registration)||$350.00||April 30, 2018, midnight||June 23, 2018, midnight|
|Student/Retired non-member (late registration)||$450.00||April 30, 2018, midnight||June 23, 2018, midnight|
|ASA Full member (late registration)||$570.00||April 30, 2018, midnight||June 23, 2018, midnight|
|NZ Astronomer (late registration)||$570.00||April 30, 2018, midnight||June 23, 2018, midnight|
|Teacher/Educator/Press (late registration)||$600.00||April 30, 2018, midnight||June 23, 2018, midnight|
|Full non-member (late registration)||$665.00||April 30, 2018, midnight||June 23, 2018, midnight|
To register for this meeting, use our registrations portal.