Sidere mens eadem mutato: Charting astronomical collaboration in China
29 October 2010
Sydney Astronomers have met with colleagues in China during a week-long visit, covering four cities including Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.
Astronomers Bryan Gaensler, Geraint Lewis, Dick Manchester, and Peter Tuthill discussed current and future research opportunities with counterparts from prestigious institutions including the Kavli Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics at Peking University; Nanjing University and Purple Mountain Observatory; the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory; and Hong Kong University. Professor John Storey from the University of New South Wales joined the delegation in Nanjing to discuss the opportunities for Australia-China collaboration on Antarctic Astronomy.
Professor Trevor Hambley, Dean of Science and leader of the delegation said, "The scope and size of scientific endeavour in China must be experienced to be believed. Supporting this trip has been the first in a series that I hope to do, targeting particular disciplines of science where there are obvious connections to be established and nurtured."
During the visit, Gaensler, Lewis, and Tuthill performed Music & the Cosmos with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, led by conductor Scott Kinmont with Master of Ceremonies Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. The group dazzled a crowd of 200 alumni and dignitaries from China, including members of the University's famous Gang of Nine. Chancellor, Professor Marie Bashir, opened the proceedings.
The University of Sydney motto: "Sidere mens eadem mutato" literally translates to: "Though the constellations change, the mind is universal".
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