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Star Meeting - Australia-China Astronomy Roundtable



3 August 2010

University of Sydney astronomers joined a historic Australia-China Commonwealth Roundtable on Astronomy at the Shanghai Expo on Monday 2 August 2010.

Professor Penny Sackett, Chief Scientist of Australia, chaired the historic Australia-China Commonwealth Roundtable on Astronomy at the Shanghai Expo.
Professor Penny Sackett, Chief Scientist of Australia, chaired the historic Australia-China Commonwealth Roundtable on Astronomy at the Shanghai Expo.

Leading Sydney scientists, Professor Bryan Gaensler and Professor Elaine Sadler, formed part of the Australian delegation of astronomers who met with Chinese colleagues to cultivate productive, long-term relationships between Australian and Chinese astronomers, institutions and academies, across all areas of astronomy.

The meeting, chaired by Chief Scientist of Australia, Professor Penny Sackett was hosted at the Australian Pavilion and attended by Deputy Secretary for the Department of Innovation, Industry Science and Research, Patricia Kelly. The themes discussed at the meeting included the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and SKA Pathfinders, current and future collaborations in Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), Antarctic astronomy and large optical spectroscopic surveys.

An overarching discussion included developments in technologies that support astronomy, and a call for policy discussion on information sharing regarding infrastructure and data collection and archiving.

Professor Bryan Gaensler (left), from the University of Sydney, discusses astronomy with Australian and Chinese colleagues at the Australia-China Commonwealth Roundtable on Astronomy at the Shanghai Expo.
Professor Bryan Gaensler (left), from the University of Sydney, discusses astronomy with Australian and Chinese colleagues at the Australia-China Commonwealth Roundtable on Astronomy at the Shanghai Expo.

Professor Madam Ye - former Director of the Shanghai Observatory - called for greater cooperation and for the Australian astronomers to continue to 'come back' to China to strengthen the good will and collaboration established yesterday but to also build on current partnerships.

The Commonwealth Roundtable on Astronomy is the first of seven such meetings to be organised by the University of Sydney - a Gold Sponsor of the Australian Pavilion at Shanghai Expo.

Read more about Australia's presence at the Shanghai Expo at:
http://en.expo2010.cn/c/en_gj_tpl_18.htm

Read about the University of Sydney's gold sponsorship of the Australian Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo at: http://sydney.edu.au/shanghai_expo/

Star meeting: (from left to right) Katy Fernandez (University of Sydney), Professor Bo Peng (National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences), Professor Rendong Nan (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Jas Chambers (University of Sydney), Patricia Kelly (Deputy Secretary, Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research), Professor Lister Staveley-Smith (International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, University of Western Australia), Professor John Dickey (University of Tasmania), Professor Elaine Sadler (University of Sydney), Associate Professor Andrew Hopkins (Australian Astronomical Observatory), Professor Simon Johnston (CSIRO), Professor Madam Ye (Former Director Shanghai Astronomical Observatory), Professor Steven Tingay (International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, Curtin University of Technology), Professor Brian Boyle (SKA Director CSIRO), Professor Penny Sackett (Chief Scientist of Australia), Professor Bryan Gaensler (Centre for All-Sky Astrophysics, University of Sydney), Professor Xiangqun Cui (Nanjing Institute for Astronomical Optical Technology), David Morris (University of Sydney), Professor Jon Lawrence (Australian Astronomical Observatory), Anne-Marie Lansdowne (Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research), Professor Lifan Wang (Purple Mountain Observatory), Professor Xue (Assistant Director General National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences), Wang Chan (Department of Innovation, Industry,  Science and Research Australian Embassy, Beijing, P.R.China)
Star meeting: (from left to right) Katy Fernandez (University of Sydney), Professor Bo Peng (National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences), Professor Rendong Nan (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Jas Chambers (University of Sydney), Patricia Kelly (Deputy Secretary, Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research), Professor Lister Staveley-Smith (International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, University of Western Australia), Professor John Dickey (University of Tasmania), Professor Elaine Sadler (University of Sydney), Associate Professor Andrew Hopkins (Australian Astronomical Observatory), Professor Simon Johnston (CSIRO), Professor Madam Ye (Former Director Shanghai Astronomical Observatory), Professor Steven Tingay (International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, Curtin University of Technology), Professor Brian Boyle (SKA Director CSIRO), Professor Penny Sackett (Chief Scientist of Australia), Professor Bryan Gaensler (Centre for All-Sky Astrophysics, University of Sydney), Professor Xiangqun Cui (Nanjing Institute for Astronomical Optical Technology), David Morris (University of Sydney), Professor Jon Lawrence (Australian Astronomical Observatory), Anne-Marie Lansdowne (Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research), Professor Lifan Wang (Purple Mountain Observatory), Professor Xue (Assistant Director General National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences), Wang Chan (Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Australian Embassy, Beijing, P.R.China)


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