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Welcome to the Sydney Hub sub-page. The 2024 Sydney Hub will be physically located at Macquarie University on Wednesday, 26 June 2024. The Hub is co-organised by Macquarie University and the University of New South Wales.

Rationale

The programme for the Sydney Hub Day is designed to provide ample opportunities for Sydney-based astronomers and visitors of all career stages and research interests to get to know each other. The day will begin with a breakfast and open astronomy discussion topics and an in-person poster sparkler session. We will then proceed with the National Programme. The day will end with a trivia challenge followed by the Hub dinner. Come along and meet “who’s who in the zoo”, put a face to a name and enjoy some good science discussions.

Mini-LOC

  • Caroline Foster (co-chair, UNSW, c.foster (at) unsw.edu.au)
  • Richard McDermid (co-chair, Macquarie)
  • Tania Ahmed (AAO, Macquarie)
  • Sadaf Aliakbarzadeh (UNSW)
  • Ryan Bagge (UNSW)
  • Tamal Mukherjee (Macquarie)
  • Jahang Prathap (Macquarie)

Location

The Sydney Hub Day will take place at Macquarie University, 17 Wally’s Walk, which is easily accessible by public transport via train or bus (see google map link below for directions).

While there are available pay-per-use carpark on campus, these can be quite expensive.

Programme (tentative)

Wednesday, 26 June 2024 9am-7pm

  • 9am-10:00am – Breakfast and networking activity (location TBA)
  • 10:00am-10:30am – Poster Sparklers (in Lecture Theater G02)
  • 10:30am-11:00am – Morning coffee (location TBA)
  • 11am-12:30pm – National Programme (in Lecture Theater G02)
  • 12:30-1:30pm – Lunch
  • 1:30pm – 3pm – National Programme (in Lecture Theater G02)
  • 3-3:30pm – Afternoon tea (location TBA)
  • 3:30-5pm – Trivia / networking / posters (location TBA)
  • 5:00 – 7pm – Evening dinner at UBar

Cost

Thanks to sponsorship from Macquarie University and UNSW, we were able to keep cost for the day to a minimum, all while offering a fun and worthwhile day. Cost per person and per activity as applicable is published on the registration form, for a maximum (including Breakfast, Lunch, AM+PM Tea, and Hub Dinner) of $50pp.

In order to make the invoicing process easier and avoid additional university logistical and cost overheads, we are planning to aggregate costs for attendees and send a single invoice per institute according to the events people sign up for.

The Sydney hub’s registration form has a requirement that all attendees check with their local institutional contact as listed on the registration form prior to registering to ensure there are no surprises when the invoice comes.

Registration

Registration are now open. Please register by filling this google form. Registrations close on 12 June 2024 COB.

Other

  • Help us be sustainable by bringing a reusable cup for hot drinks and your own lanyard.
  • Please join the #sydney-hub slack channel on the ASA’s slack space and ask questions, or share your thoughts, pictures, etc.
  • Remember to check this webpage prior to the day to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.

We look forward to seeing you on the 26 of June!