A/Prof Chris Lidman completed his PhD at the Australian National University in 1994 and he is currently the director of Siding Spring Observatory. Prof Lidman was a member of one of the teams that shared the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics for discovering the accelerating expansion of the Universe. Prof Lidman also shared the 2007 Gruber Cosmology Prize and the 2014 Breakthrough Prize for this research. He is now leading the successful OzDES program at the Anglo-Australian Telescope, which is measuring the redshifts for very faint galaxies in which the Dark Energy Survey is finding distant supernovae.
Fred Watson has been Astronomer-in-Charge of the Australian Astronomical Observatory since 1995, but is best known for his radio and TV broadcasts, books, and other outreach programmes - including science tourism. Fred is a musician, too, with both a science-themed CD and an award-winning symphony libretto to his name. Fred was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010. He has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson), but says that if it hits the Earth, it won't be his fault.
Charley Lineweaver is the convener of the Australian National University’s Planetary Science Institute and holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Research School of Earth Sciences. He was a member of the COBE satellite team that discovered the temperature fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background, and whilst he held post-doctoral positions at the University of New South Wales he taught one of the most popular general studies courses “Are We Alone?” His research areas include cosmology, exoplanetology, astrobiology, and evolutionary biology.
Kirsten Banks is officially a Physicist and a proud Wiradjuri woman with an undeniable passion for space and astronomy. She loves to share her passion with the Universe and dreams of becoming a famous Science Communicator like Brian Cox. Kirsten has appeared on numerous radio stations such as ABC Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, Triple J and Triple M, and she has her own Astronomy podcast “The Skyentists” with co-host Dr Angel Lopez-Sanchez. Her academic research involves the role of Planets in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditions and she is really looking forward to starting research in the evolution of galaxies and Galactic Archaeology.
Nuria Lorente's bio is coming soon!