Welcome to ASTRO 3D!
The information below will assist our new ASTRO 3D members in getting started and learning what ASTRO 3D is all about. As an ARC-funded Centre of Excellence, we have lots of opportunities, resources and expertise to assist you.
WHAT IS ASTRO 3D?
ASTRO 3D is a seven-year $40M Centre of Excellence project funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council. The Centre began in June 2017 and will end in June 2024. We have around 200 investigators and professional staff at any one time. Most of our investigators are based at six “nodes” in Australia:
- Australian National University (the host of the ASTRO 3D headquarters)
- Curtin University
- Swinburne University of Technology
- University of Melbourne
- University of Sydney
- University of Western Australia
We also have national partner institutions (CSIRO and NCI) and international partner institutions (ASTRON, Caltech, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Oxford University, University of Toronto, University of Washington). We also have investigators based at Macquarie University, University of NSW and at various other institutions around the world.
WHAT WE DO
ASTRO 3D aims to answer the following fundamental science questions:
- The Origin of Matter and the Periodic TableTracing the matter and chemical elements back to the earliest times in the Universe is critical for understanding the birth of the first stars, the formation of the first galaxies, and the evolution of galaxies like our Milky Way. How did structures in the Universe grow out of matter, forming the building blocks of galaxies like our Milky Way? What forces have shaped the accumulation and motion of matter in the Universe across space and time? How were the elements of the periodic table forged across space and time, and how were they assembled into galaxies like our Milky Way?
- The Origin of the Ionised Universe
Shortly after the Big Bang, a veil was lifted from the cosmos, transforming the cold and dark Universe into a hot and luminous birthplace for stars and galaxies. During this period, called the Epoch of Reionisation, massive amounts of energy transformed the hydrogen gas in the Universe from a neutral state into an ionised state. Now, more than 99% of the atoms in the Universe are ionised, but how the Universe reached this state is unknown. When did the veil rise, and how long did it take? What first created such massive amounts of energy? What did the first generation of stars and galaxies look like, when did they form, and how did they evolve? Can we see the fossil records of those first stars today?
These ambitious science goals cannot be reached with any one or even a few surveys and projects. For the first time, ASTRO 3D is embedding theory with observation, joining optical and radio astronomy, and linking research into the local and distant Universe to achieve our science goals. We are connecting Australia’s leading theorists and observers across the areas of the Epoch of Reionisation, star formation, stellar physics, chemical evolution, galaxy formation and evolution, and the Milky Way, with key experts and technology worldwide, to achieve our science goals. We do this through annual science meetings and retreats, regular busy weeks, and video conferencing. For a full overview of ASTRO 3D, please read our Strategic Plan or our latest Annual Report.
A DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE CENTRE
CODE OF CONDUCT
The Code of Conduct applies to all ASTRO 3D members (however, the Code of Conduct of a member’s University or organisation overrides this document if there is a conflict). It has been formulated to provide a clear statement of the Centre’s expectations of its members in respect of their professional and personal conduct.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ACTION PLAN
The ASTRO 3D Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan focuses on areas of greatest need, with the intention of embedding the values of honesty, trust, transparency, respect,
diversity, fairness, and inclusion, and associated behaviours as part of a defined and communicated culture.
CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP CODE OF CONDUCT
ASTRO 3D is committed to making its meetings and events productive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, nationality or religion. We will not tolerate harassment in any form.
ON-LINE RULES OF BEHAVIOUR
ASTRO 3D is a geographically dispersed Centre, and as such, we use on-line collaborative workspaces and communities, including, but not limited to, the Intranet and Slack. We have provided a guide to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.
Each ASTRO 3D Node has a budget for travel costs for its investigators, students, and postdocs. For most funding or resource requirements, in the first instance you should contact your supervisor or Node leader:
WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES FUNDING
ASTRO 3D has limited funding for proposals to provide conferences, workshops, training programs and busy weeks and meetings. This may be sponsorship for external events or funding for internally run meetings. A call is made once per year in November, for meetings in the following two calendar years, with a 31 March deadline for applications.
ASTRO 3D has a limited budget to support travel by leading international scientists to collaborate in Centre programs within Australia. There are two types of ASTRO 3D Visitors – Distinguished Visitors and Science Visitors. Application for this funding can be lodged on-line at any time of the year, however, they will only be considered by the Executive Management Committee twice per year:
- in May for those applications submitted by 30 April, for visitors proposed between July and December;
- in November for those applications submitted by 31 October, for visitors proposed between January and June.
ASTRO 3D provides support, where it is not available directly from the individual’s institution, to ensure that primary carers can participate equitably in ASTRO 3D events and conferences and attend external conferences and/or visit international partner institutions to present ASTRO 3D research or conduct ASTRO 3D related collaborations.
KEY CONTACT DETAILS
HEAD OFFICE (ANU – MT STROMLO)
- Director – Lisa Kewley +61 2 6125 8028
- Chief Operating Officer – Ingrid McCarthy +61 2 6125 8022
- Business Manager – Denise Castle +61 2 6125 3606
- Centre Administrator – Cristy Roberts +61 2 6125 0225
- Senior Education and Outreach Officer – TBA
- Communications and Astronomer Liaison Officer – TBA
- Node Leader – Cathryn Trott +61 8 9266 1306
- Node Administrator – Tina Salisbury +61 8 9266 4968
- HR contact person – Emily Johnson (CIRA) and SAE.PAC@curtin.edu.au (Curtin)
- Finance contact person – Tina Salisbury (CIRA) and email@example.com (Curtin Uni)
- Counselling/support office – Curtin Staff Portal Counselling
UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
- Node Leader – Lister Staveley-Smith +61 8 6488 4550
- Node Administrator – Clare Peter +61 864 887 759
- HR contact person – Clare Peter +61 864 887 759
- Finance contact person – Clare Peter +61 864 887 759
- Counselling/support – http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/health-wellbeing/health/eap
UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
- Node Leader – Scott Croom +61 2 9036 5311
- Node Administrator – Marie Partridge +61 2 8627 4353
- HR contact person – Veronika Matino, HR Administration Officer, Faculty of Science +61 2 8627 5835
- Finance contact person – Geraldine Arriesgado, Finance Officer, School of Physics +61 2 9351 2711
- Counselling/support office – Safety, Health and Wellbeing, Phone: +61 2 9351 5555, Toll free: 1 800 550 105, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.