Back to search
  • local
  • FREE

Exploring Our Complex Cosmos

  • - (AEST)
  • Parliament House
    6 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW NSW, Australia

Exploring Our Complex Cosmos with Next-Generation Telescopes in the Age of Data-Intensive Astronomy

Complexity takes many forms in the Universe, from the extremes of size, mass and energy on cosmic scales, to the diversity of life on planet Earth. Understanding this complexity and how it developed over the 13.8 billion years since the Big Bang is the goal of modern astrophysics.

Macquarie University Professor Richard McDermid’s research uses distant galaxies to explore this cosmic evolution. He is developing new technology to observe the Universe in unprecedented detail and new ways to confront theory with observations.

Australia has the unique opportunity to be one of only four countries with access to the largest two telescopes in the world: the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope in Western Australia and the optical telescope being built in Chile by the European Southern Observatory. Professor McDermid argues this presents a major benefit for astrophysics, technology innovation, data capabilities and training the next generation of complex thinkers.

Hosted by the NSW Office of the Chief Scientist & Engineer, the Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series showcases excellence in research and development which is generating economic, environmental, social and technological benefits for New South Wales.

Location Information

Entry is via Macquarie Street, Sydney. Guests are required to undergo routine security screening.