The de Laeter Colloquium series features distinguished national and international scientists as speakers, and is aimed at enhancing interaction between CSIRO, the two ICRAR nodes, and high-profile centres of astronomical research around the world. It started in September 2016 with the intention of running on a monthly basis, on the proviso that suitable speakers are found.
The formal name for this series honours John Robert de Laeter, AO, FTSE, FAIP (3 May 1933 – 16 August 2010). John de Laeter was a distinguished West-Australian scientist, well-known for the breadth of his scientific interests, his advocacy for scientific research and infrastructure, and his collaborative approach to research.
The new colloquium series aims to enhance collaboration between CSIRO, ICRAR-Curtin, and ICRAR-UWA, and to advance scientific research in WA and Australia more broadly. These goals are reflected in the achievements of de Laeter’s career, and we are delighted to have his name associated with the new series.