Second ANITA Workshop

Macquarie University, 2-3 October 2003

Nature of the Meeting

The Australian National Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (ANITA) is holding the Second ANITA Workshop on Thursday October 2nd and Friday October 3rd at Macquarie University. The purpose of the workshop is to raise awareness of the theoretical astrophysics research being undertaken within Australia. The workshop also provides an opportunity for observers to lobby for theoretical support for their research programmes, or to intrigue theorists with unexplained phenomena!

It is anticipated that the programme will consist of 20+5 minute talks presenting theoretical results that bear on the interpretation of observations or that suggest observational tests of ideas. Presentations by astronomers who would like to generate theoretical interest in their observational work are also welcome.

Registration for the ANITA workshop is free and open to all (i.e. not just ANITA members).

An AAOmega Science Workshop will be held on Wednesday October 1st at Macquarie, immediately prior to the ANITA workshop, so why not attend both?

Workshop Details

The workshop will be held on Thursday & Friday October 2 & 3 at Macquarie University, in Rooms 102 (Thu) and 131/133 (Fri) of Building E6A. The AAOmega Science Workshop will be held on Wednesday October 1 in E6A 102. See this campus map for the location of building E6A (half way down on the right hand side) and parking (the E4 or F3 carparks are best).

Parking on campus operates on a pay-and-display basis and is heavily patrolled. After parking, purchase a ticket from a machine ($8 for a full day - you will need coins) and display on the dashboard to avoid being ticketed. The location of ticket machines are indicated by orange dots on this not-as-good map.

The location of the campus within Sydney is shown on this not very good regional map.

Tea and coffee will be provided. There may well be a meeting dinner at a local restaurant on the 2nd (but we're not paying!).

Accommodation possibilities are listed here, although you will have to make your own arrangements:


Registration is free, but for catering purposes we need to know if you are coming to the meeting. Anyone wishing to attend should fill in this registration slip and email it to Mark Wardle (

    Registration for 2nd ANITA workshop (email to
    I will attend the meeting on Oct 2       Y/N
    I will attend the meeting on Oct 3       Y/N
    FORTRAN 77 is the language of the gods   Y/Y
    I would like to give a short talk        Y/N
    Title of talk:

If you wish to attend the AAOmega Science Workshop you should register seperately by email to Terry Bridges (

Scientific Program

Thursday 2 October
10:00-10:30 Coffee
10:30-10:45 Mark Wardle Welcome
10:45-11:10 Andrew Melatos Superfluid Dynamics and a Theory of Pulsar Glitches
11:10-11:35 Zdenka Kuncic Inflow vs Outflow in Turbulent MHD Disks Around Accreting Black Holes
11:35-12:00 Raquel Salmeron Magnetorotational Instability in Protostellar Disks
12:00-12:25 Brett Beeson Astrophysics on the Grid: an MHD Portal
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-1:55 Charley Lineweaver What Fraction of Stars Have Planets?
1:55-2:20 Geoff Bicknell Evolution of Young Radio Galaxies
2:20-2:45 Mike Dopita Why the SED of Starbust Galaxies is a One-Parameter Family
2:45-3:10 Joerg Fischera Starburst Galaxies: Why the Calzetti Dust Extinction Law
3:10-3:40 Coffee
3:40-4:05 Brent Groves Seyfert Narrow Line Regions: Dust is the Answer
4:05-4:30 Diana Londish Can Radio-quiet BL Lac Objects exist? Suggestions Welcomed!
4:30-4:55 Stuart Gill The Dynamics of Substructure in Cosmological Dark Matter Halos
4:55-5:00 Close

Friday 3 October
9:30-10:00 Coffee
10:00-12:00 ANITA General Meeting
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:25 Sarah Maddison Synthetic Images of Circumbinary Disks
1:25-1:50 Ralph Sutherland Interacting Stellar Winds in Young HII Regions
1:50-2:15 James Murray The Theory and Observation of Short Period Interacting Binaries
2:15-2:40 Rosemary Mardling From Planets to Galaxies: A New Formalism for Calculating Small-N-Body Interactions
2:40-3:10 Coffee
3:10-3:35 Tamara Davis Black Hole Versus Cosmological Horizon Entropy
3:35-4:00 Fred Rost Past-light-cone Cosmology
4:00-4:10 Close

ANITA General Meeting

On the morning of October 3rd will be an ANITA General Meeting. All ANITA members are invited to attend (and all non-members are welcome to become ANITA members!) The General Meeting will discuss and amend (if necessary) the ANITA charter and announce the results of the first ANITA Steering Committee elections, as well as discuss the future directions for ANITA.

List of Attendees

Brett Beeson (Melbourne)
Geoff Bicknell (ANU)
Catherine Braiding (Macquarie)
Terry Bridges (AAO)
Michael Burton (UNSW)
Jacqueline Chapman (Sydney)
Scott Croom (AAO)
Tamara Davis (UNSW)
Mike Dopita (RSAA)
Joerg Fischera (RSAA)
Dave Galloway (Sydney)
Brad Gibson (Swinburne)
Stuart Gill (Swinburne)
Brent Groves (RSAA)
Ilana Klamer (Sydney)
Zdenka Kuncic (Sydney)
Geraint Lewis (Sydney)
Charley Lineweaver (UNSW)
Diana Londish (Sydney)
Sarah Maddison (Swinburne)
Rosemary Mardling (Monash)
Andrew Melatos (Melbourne)
Lesa Moore (Macquarie)
James Murray (Swinburne)
Fred Rost (SASI)
Raquel Salmeron (Sydney)
Susan Scott (ANU)
Lister Staveley-Smith (ATNF)
Ralph Sutherland (RSAA)
Gregory Tsarevsky (ATNF)
Artem Tuntsov (Sydney)
Mark Walker (Sydney)
Mark Wardle (Macquarie)
Mike Wheatland (Sydney)
Tony Wong (CSIRO/UNSW)

Organising Committee

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