IAU Women and Girls in Astronomy Outreach Global Project – All Genders Welcome :)
Autumn School Holiday Program 13th April
Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
2.00pm Thursday 13th April our special guest speaker will be Assoc. Prof. Emma Ryan-Weber Director of the ARC Centre of Excellent for All Sky Astrophysics in 3D
(ASTRO 3D) Swinburne University of Technology. Come and meet an astronomer.
Includes a Kahoot quiz and a couple of hand-on activities for kids, rainbow wheel and CD spectroscope.
Learn about the science and find out how you can enter the exciting world of astronomy.
For all students; parents welcome as well.
Includes afterwards safe observation of the Sun and discussion about the solar cycle and how it affects us on Earth.
Book online for Assoc Prof. Emma Ryan-Webber talk here TRYBOOKING
Professor Emma Ryan-Weber is an astrophysicist, she leads the intergalactic medium research group at Swinburne. The science focuses on detecting atomic elements in the early, distant Universe. Ryan-Weber is the Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions, ASTRO 3D.
Ryan-Weber and her team conduct this research using near-infrared spectroscopy towards high redshift quasars on the world’s largest telescopes including Keck and the ESO VLT. The team also work on high redshift galaxies and examine their influence on reionization, including their escaping fraction of ionizing radiation. Ryan-Weber’s doctoral research focused on HI in the local universe – a field where she continues an active interest. Ryan-Weber leads the metal absorber work package for the European Southern Observatory (ESO) VLT Large Program, XQR-30. The program is the most ambitious to date for follow-up spectroscopy of redshift 6 quasars, used to probe intervening elements such as Carbon and Oxygen.
Ryan-Weber obtained her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2004 on Neutral Hydrogen in Galaxies and the Intergalactic Medium. From 2004 to 2008 Ryan-Weber was a postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge working on number of cutting-edge projects including star formation between galaxies and the discovery of the Milky Way’s faintest gas-rich dwarf companion. Ryan-Weber’s pioneering observations using near-infrared spectroscopy revealed the most distant carbon detected in the intergalactic medium. She is a sought-after international speaker on the subject. In 2009 Ryan-Weber returned to Australia and commenced a position at Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, where she held an Australian Research Council Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship. As a research group leader Ryan-Weber mentors her PhD graduates and postdoctoral researchers to pursue careers in both astrophysics and industry, creating impact in the wider community.