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Sidere mens eadem mutato: Charting astronomical collaboration in China



29 October 2010

University of Sydney Astronomers visit the Kavli Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics at Peking University, hosted by Professor Douglas Lin (pictured centre)
University of Sydney Astronomers visit the Kavli Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics at Peking University, hosted by Professor Douglas Lin (pictured centre)

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.

Astronomers Bryan Gaensler, Geraint Lewis & Peter Tuthill with the Chancellor, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir
Astronomers Bryan Gaensler, Geraint Lewis & Peter Tuthill with the Chancellor, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir

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".

Academic Symposium: Frozen Assets, Astronomy from the high Antarctic plateau. Delegation from L-R: Dick Manchester, Bryan Gaensler, Peter Tuthill (Symposium organiser), John Storey (from UNSW), Trevor Hambley (Dean of Science), Geraint Lewis, Clive Baldock
Academic Symposium: Frozen Assets, Astronomy from the high Antarctic plateau. Delegation from L-R: Dick Manchester, Bryan Gaensler, Peter Tuthill (Symposium organiser), John Storey (from UNSW), Trevor Hambley (Dean of Science), Geraint Lewis, Clive Baldock

Visit to Nanjing University, Purple Mountain Observatory and Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology, hosted by Professor Mingde Ding
Visit to Nanjing University, Purple Mountain Observatory and Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology, hosted by Professor Mingde Ding

Academic Symposium with Hong Kong University. Delegation from L-R: Clive Baldock, Geraint Lewis, Sun Kwok (Dean of Science, HKU), Trevor Hambley (Dean of Science, USYD), Bryan Gaensler, Peter Tuthill.
Academic Symposium with Hong Kong University. Delegation from L-R: Clive Baldock, Geraint Lewis, Sun Kwok (Dean of Science, HKU), Trevor Hambley (Dean of Science, USYD), Bryan Gaensler, Peter Tuthill.

Music and the Cosmos: (left to right) Scott Kinmont (conductor), Prof Geraint Lewis, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Prof Bryan Gaensler and Dr Peter Tuthill.
Music and the Cosmos: (left to right) Scott Kinmont (conductor), Prof Geraint Lewis, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Prof Bryan Gaensler and Dr Peter Tuthill.

Conductor Scott Kinmont
Conductor Scott Kinmont

Master of Cermonies, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
Master of Cermonies, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music partnered to play pieces from Holst's 'Planets', including Mars, Saturn and Uranus.
Students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music partnered to play pieces from Holst's 'Planets', including Mars, Saturn and Uranus.


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