The Inaugural Symposium of Super Science Fellows is blasting off this week, with keen scientific minds presenting their research to their peers.
It is an exciting time to be an astronomer in Australia. There are new facilities coming online, even bigger ones just over the horizon, and scientific breakthroughs flying thick and fast.
In recognition of this, in 2009 the Australian Government committed $160.5 million in funding to astronomy and space science through the Super Science Initiative.
Part of this funding has been used to employ early-career space science researchers.
Known as Super Science Fellows, they work in all areas of astronomy and space science, ranging from exoplanets to instrumentation and cosmology to geodesy.
The inaugural meeting of Super Science Fellows this week is designed to share knowledge, establish links between early-career researchers and to showcase some of the cutting-edge research being carried out in Australia today.
The event was opened by His Excellency the Honourable Peter Underwood AC, Governor of Tasmania and the UTAS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Rathjen.
The event will feature talks from all Super Science Fellows, with general attendance open to all members of the astronomy and space-science community.
The UTAS School of Maths and Physics is well-represented, with talks being given by event organiser Dr Stanislav Shabala, Dr Jamie McCallum, Dr Joanna Dawson and Anthony Mťmin.
Dean of the UTAS Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, Professor Margaret Britz spoke at the event and emphasised the importance of excellence in research, as represented by the bright young people on the Super Science Fellowships.
“Having world-leading research in Tasmania not only builds the infrastructure base for research but also has flow-on into our community – through job creation and community pride – and scientists need to be cognisant of their role within community and society.”
Prof Britz said the School of Maths and Physics has a wonderful record of producing brilliant scientists, including both Rhodes and Fulbright scholars.