Harley Wood School of Astronomy (HWSA)
Fri 9th July – Sun 11th July 2021
Face to face meeting at La Trobe University, Albury-Wodonga campus (Vic/NSW border); Online participation available too.
Mon 12th July – Fri 16th July 2021
Hubs in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth, or Online
Hosted by the School of Physics at The University of Melbourne
Welcome to the website for the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) 2021. This meeting will be held in five hubs across Australia, as well as online, between 12-16th July, 2021.
The last year with COVID has presented unique challenges for astronomy and for all of us. Nonetheless, exciting research has continued to be done through these trying times. The ARC Centres of Excellence ASTRO-3D and OzGrav are in full swing, and proposals for new centres being put together. Australia continues to benefit from joining ESO in 2017, and looks forward to large international observatories, SKA and GMT, later this decade.
This meeting aims to bring together astronomers across Australia to build connections, to spark new ideas, and to share the latest research, even as COVID makes it harder to meet in person. We hope this meeting can trial new approaches to conferences that may reduce Astronomy’s carbon footprint in the future, while still fostering collaboration within our community.
ASA Annual Scientific Meeting 2021
|Meeting:||Mon 12th July – Fri 16th July 2021|
|Abstract submissions:||5:00pm AEST on 4 June 2021|
|Late Abstract submissions:||5:00pm AEST on 18 June 2021|
|Poster submissions:||5:00pm AEST on 2 July 2021|
|Registration:||5:00pm AEST on 2 July 2021|
ABSTRACT AND POSTER SUBMISSIONS
- Submissions are now being accepted for the 2021 ASA Annual Science Meeting.
- Contributed talks should be prepared for 12 minutes plus 3 minutes for questions.
- Please enter your abstract or poster submission via the registration form.
- To help mitigate unconscious bias in the talk selection process, submissions will be collated and forwarded to the SOC without any identifying information.
CLOSING date for normal submissions is 5.00pm (AEST) on Friday 4th June. The SOC will formulate the programme based on submissions received by this date.
LATE submissions will be accepted up until 5.00pm (AEST) on Friday 18th June but may not receive the full consideration of the SOC.
POSTERS will be accepted up until 5.00pm (AEST) on Friday 2nd July.
Registration is open (click here), and will remain open until 5pm (AEST) on Friday 2nd July. Abstracts and posters are submitted through the registration form. All participants must register to receive Zoom links (for online attendance) and meals (for in-person attendance). Payment of your registration fees is processed via the links below.
The registration fees are:
|In-person hub participation (Full ASA Members/Non-Members)||$165 ($150+GST)||Pay with this link|
|Online participation (Full ASA Members/Non-Members)||$55 ($50+GST)||Pay with this link|
|In-person hub participation (Students or Retired ASA Members)||No charge||–|
|Online participation (Students or Retired ASA Members)||No charge||–|
Daily lunches and refreshments will be provided to in-person registrees at the hubs.
Please email email@example.com if you require a refund. Refunds will only be provided to requests received by 5pm (AEST) Friday 9th July.
A preliminary list of social activities associated with the ASM will be available shortly.
Due to COVID-related travel uncertainty, most of this year’s registrants will attend a hub centrally located in a capital city, rather than meeting in a central location.
Participants are welcome to attend an in-person hub from any location (subject to local COVID travel and visitor guidelines and the policy of their home institution).
Hubs will be located at:
- Brisbane (Qld) – University of Queensland
- Sydney (NSW) – University of Sydney
- Canberra (ACT) – RSAA, Mt Stromlo
- Melbourne (VIC) – University of Melbourne (event hosts)
- Tasmania (TAS) – University of Tasmania
- Adelaide (SA) – University of Adelaide
- Perth (WA) – ARRC Building, CSIRO
- New Zealand (NZ) – University of Auckland (tbc)
All talks and activities advertised as part of the national programme will also be broadcast via Zoom. Links will be sent out to registered participants prior to each day of the meeting. Local hubs may also organise social and other events that will not be available virtually. Hubs will also provide some form of catering and/or refreshments to encourage informal interactions.
If you have questions about your local hub activities please contact the local organisers:
- QLD – firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
- NSW – email@example.com
- ACT – firstname.lastname@example.org
- VIC – email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
- TAS – email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org
- SA – email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org
- WA – Beth.Cloake@csiro.au; George.Heald@csiro.au; Natasha.Hurley-Walker@curtin.edu.au; email@example.com
- NZ – firstname.lastname@example.org
Harley Wood School of Astronomy (HWSA)
Fri 9th July – Sun 11th July 2021
An in-person event for those able to travel but all sessions will be broadcast via Zoom too.
ORGANISING COMMITTEE (SOC/LOC)
Christian Reichardt – UMelb
Rachel Webster – UMelb
Kim Dorrell – UMelb
Balu Sreedhar – UMelb
Yi Shuen (Christine) Lee – UMelb
Julian Carlin – UMelb
Juan Salcedo – SUT
Giulia Santucci – UNSW
TIME and DATES
Commences 14.30 (AEST) on Friday 9th July and concludes 12.00 Sunday 11th July 2021
La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga campus
We will meet in a 150 seat lecture theatre which has all AV requirements.
The on-campus student accommodation will house around 20-25 people (one person per room) depending on availability. However, all linen (and toilet paper) would need to be supplied by the guests. The cost per room per night is approximately $49. There are a couple of motels and caravan parks nearby (short walk away), see below.
La Trobe’s location is marked with the yellow blob.
AU$100 – Big 4 Borderland Holiday Park * – about 200 m walk away. Approximately 20-25 more people could be accommodated here. The cost per person per night ranges from $58 – $95 which includes a 10% discount for a group booking. Sharing preferences will be noted on the registration form.
*CANCELLATION POLICY – If a COVID-19 related border closure or lockdown were declared that required us to cancel the event at short notice, we would get 100% refund of our booking fees. Other cancellations made more than 14 days before the arrival date will also receive a 100% refund. Cancellations received 7-14 days beforehand will forfeit 50% of the accommodation cost.
AU$137 – Econo Lodge Border Gateway
AU$118 – Murray Valley Motel 3*motel
AU$125 – Wodonga Caravan and Cabin Park
AU$140 – Stagecoach Motel Wodonga 4* Hotel
Online participation – NO CHARGE
In-person – $375 per person (+ GST)
Registration fees include:
- Accommodation – Friday and Saturday nights
This will be in either self-contained student rooms (shared bathrooms and all linen etc required) or on-site cabins or bungalows with separate bedrooms. Some of the larger cabins are two bedroom/twin share. Preferences will be captured on the registration form.
- Breakfast (Sat/Sun)
- Lunch (Sat/Sun)
- Afternoon tea (Fri)
- Dinner (Fri/Sat)
Any dietary requirements will be noted at the time of registration.
Drinks at the evening meals will need to be paid for by the attendees.
- Social Activities
- Friday evening (weather-permitting) astrophotography tutorial/observing night led by Aman Chokshi (UMelb)
- Saturday afternoon session at the local Wodonga Bounce indoor trampolining centre (800m – 10 mins walk) or 10-pin bowling (6kms from campus, Uber?)
- Self-organised walk of the local Botanic Gardens
There are several options for people travelling from NSW, ACT and VIC. People from other states can join a group from any of these starting points or make their own arrangements. Transport costs are to be paid by local institutions (ie. not from event budget).
Melbourne -> Wodonga
From Southern Cross station to Wodonga station. Travel time is approximately 4 hours 16 minutes (train and then coach). Return cost is $82 (adult) $41 (concession). Reservations are required for this regional service.
Melb -> Wodonga – Dep 09.26 Arr 13.42 (4 hr 16mins)
Wodonga -> Melb – Dep 12.54 Arr 16.40 (3hr 46 mins)
Driving time from Melbourne is approximately 3 hr and 27 mins (326.2 km) via M31.
Sydney -> Albury-Wodonga
Regional airline Rex and Qantas both have limited flights to Albury airport. Direct flights take about 1.5hrs. One way fares with Rex range from $99-169 for the cheapest options; Qantas is $171 one way.
From Sydney Central Station both take about 7.5 hours – some services are overnight or arrive in the middle of the night (~1.00am).
Driving time from Sydney is approximately 5 hr and 40 mins (564.5 km) via M31.
Canberra -> Albury-Wodonga
Departing Jolimont Centre/Northbourne Ave to Albury the bus takes about 3.5 hours (Greyhound) or 4 hrs 15 mins (V-Line). Fares range from $35-$90 one way.
Driving time from Canberra is approximately 3 hr 40 mins (348.6 km) via M31.
REGISTRATION FORM and PAYMENT
Registrations are now open and will be accepted until 2nd July. Attendees who register after this date will need to arrange and pay for their own accommodation.
Your registration is not confirmed until payment has been received in full.
Please email Kim Dorrell if you require a refund.
- Cancellation requests received by 5pm AEST on Wed 23rd June will be 100% refundable.
- Cancellation requests received by 5pm on Wed 30th June will be 50% refundable.
- Cancellations after 30th June are non-refundable.