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Radio Astronomy from New Zealand perspectives ROTORUA

Mon 10 July
150th Anniversary Regional Lecture


Royal Society Te Apārangi 150th Anniversary Regional Lectures - Future Focussed Local Experts

With Professor Richard Bedford, President of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, on the significance of the Society’s 150 years of Discovery.

This event is presented in association with Royal Society Te Apārangi Rotorua Branch.


Radio Astronomy from New Zealand perspectives

We live in a Golden Age of Astronomy. The Cosmos is a unique laboratory to study space, time, matter and energy, and even the Earth, to understand where we came from and where we go. New telescopes and radio telescopes have been or will be constructed on the ground or launched to orbit the Earth and Sun. Why do governments (including NZ’s) spend significant resources to be a part of this international phenomenon? Studying Astronomy is incredibly interesting, but can it be recommended as a practical pathway for future students? What role has New Zealand played in the beginning of Radio Astronomy and continues to play today? Professor Sergei Gulyaev will discuss the contribution of Radio Astronomy to science in general, as well as practical applications of scientific and technological advances in Radio Astronomy. One of the pioneers of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) development, Sergei will introduce New Zealand’s radio astronomical observatory, and talk about its contribution to space research and Earth sciences.

About the speaker:

Sergei Gulyaev

Sergei Gulyaev is Professor of Astronomy at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and Foundation Director of the Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research (IRASR). He holds a PhD and DSc (Doctor of Science) in Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics from Moscow State University. Since moving to New Zealand in 1998, Sergei was one of the co-founders of AUT’s Earth and Oceanic Sciences Research Institute (EOS) before establishing IRASR and leading the team which built New Zealand’s first modern Radio Astronomical Observatory near Warkworth. IRASR conducts joint observations with radio telescopes around the world, supports space missions and space agencies and is involved in Earth science research with national and international partners. Sergei was one of the pioneers of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) development in NZ. He has a broad spectrum of research interests in the areas of astronomy, quantum physics, Earth science and space geodesy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (London), Member of the RSNZ and RASNZ and Member of the International Astronomical Society.


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Lido Lounge, Blue Baths Queens Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty 3201

6:00pm Mon 10 July, 2017 - 7:30pm Mon 10 July, 2017