2nd Annual Workshop, 10–12 Dec 2012, Sydney, Australia
   Prospects for TAIPAN Science

The next generation of hemispheric redshift surveys and the prospects for TAIPAN
10–12 Dec 2012, Sydney, Australia


Rationale: The workshop is designed to bring together experts and researchers to discuss the science prospects and goals of the proposed TAIPAN survey.

What is TAIPAN? TAIPAN (Transforming Astronomical Imaging surveys through Polychromatic Analysis of Nebulae) is a major new galaxy redshift survey planned for the UK Schmidt Telescope using innovative Starbug fibre positioning technology that allows for several hundred fibres across the UKST’s focal surface. TAIPAN is intended to build on the legacy and extend the highly successful 6dF Galaxy redshift Survey by adding 4× the number of new spectra for fainter galaxies to r ~17 over the entire southern sky and amounting to ~500,000 additional redshifts.

Key features of TAIPAN:

Major topics: Synergies with ASKAP galaxy surveys, precision cosmology, Galaxy evolution, the connection between gas and stars, the impact of environment and mergers, large scale structure, stellar and halo mass functions, star formation and AGN and the intergalactic magnetic field.

Invited speakers include: Bärbel Koribalski, Chris Blake, Chris Power, Fred Watson, Jon Lawrence, Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Matthew Colless, Ray Norris, Simon Driver and Tom Jarrett.

Registration is limited to 80 so registration is recommended as soon as possible.


Download the poster here.



Prof. Quentin Parker (Co-chair, AAO/MQ)
A/Prof. Andrew Hopkins (Co-chair, AAO)
Prof. Bryan Gaensler (Univ. Sydney)
Prof. John Peacock (Univ. Edinburgh)
Prof. Lisa Kewley (ANU)
Prof. Ray Norris (CASS/MQ)
Prof. Renée C. Kraan-Korteweg (Univ. Cape Town)
Dr. Heath Jones (Monash)
Prof. Quentin Parker (AAO/MQ)
Dr. Borja Anguiano (MQ)
Dr. Lee Spitler (AAO/MQ)
Dr. Maritza Lara-López (AAO)
Dr. Michelle Cluver (AAO)
Amanda Manypeney (MQ)

About the Centre

The MQAAA was established in May of 2011 to recognise the high quality research undertaken at Macquarie University, in connection with domestic and international partnerships, in the areas of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrophotonics.

The centre also aligns with the University's goal of becoming a world top 200 research institute by the time the university is 50 years old in 2014 (MQ@50). With the aim of bringing our research activities to the public arena, tightening the bonds of our existing partnerships and creating new ones we will hold a workshop each year targeted to an area of research of significance to the centre.