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Abstract submissions have now closed.

The Inaugural Sydney International Workshop on Synergies in Astronomy and Medicine

Sydney, Australia, 14-16 December 2009

Astronomy and Medicine share many similar demands for increasingly sophisticated and diverse imaging techniques as well as associated cutting-edge instrumentation technologies and advanced software tools for multi-dimensional data storage, manipulation and processing. This workshop will provide an international forum for exploring and consolidating these synergies, exchanging ideas and identifying opportunities for knowledge and technology transfer across the two research disciplines, and on to industry and academia.

Topics covered:

Imaging – 3D reconstruction, multi-modality and co-registration
Instrumentation - new detector technologies, astro-photonics
Data - visualization, acquisition, multi-dimensional handling techniques

Invited speakers:

  • Prof. Alyssa Goodman, Founding Director, Initiative in Innovative Computing Astronomical Medicine Project, Harvard University
  • Prof. Simon Cherry, Chair, Biomedical Engineering, University of California at Davis
  • Prof. Johan Nuyts, Division of Nuclear Medicine, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven
  • Prof. David Hawkes, Center for Medical Image Computing, University College London
  • Prof. Terry Peters, Robarts Research Institute, University of Western Ontario
  • Prof. Mike Irwin, Director, Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Nicholas Walton, Project Scientist, AstroGrid and PathGrid, University of Cambridge
  • Prof. Don Figer, Director, Rochester Imaging Detector Laboratory, Rochester Institute of Technology

Registration and Abstract Submission

Earlybird registration, until 18 September 2009:

  • regular rate AUD$250
  • student rate AUD$150

Standard rates of AUD$300 (regular) and AUD$200 (student) apply after
18 September. 1-day registration is also available.

To register, please download the registration form, then send the completed form via email, fax or post. Contact details are provided on the form.

To submit an abstract for consideration as a poster or oral presentation, please send an email with the title, presenter(s), affiliation(s) and abstract (no more than 300 words) in plain text format to the .

The deadline for abstract submission is now 9 October 2009, 12 midnght AEST.

Registration opens at the Welcome Reception, Sun 13 Dec, during 1700-1800. The registration desk will then be open each day of the meeting during 0800-0930 at the conference venue.


The final scientific program is now available to download from the link below.

Scientific Program (final)

All contributed talks are 30 mins (25+5 mins). Powerpoint presentations may be uploaded to the desktop PC provided at the venue. Speakers who prefer to use their own laptops should ensure they are properly set up before the session in which their talk is scheduled. All speakers should briefly meet with the Session Chair before each session.

Posters should be presented in standard A0 format (841mm x 1189mm) and may be mounted on poster boards with pins or velcro. Further tips on poster presentations are provided in this poster guidelines document.


The meeting will be held at the University of Sydney, Australia’s oldest and most distinguished University, just minutes from the Sydney CBD. The University is a subtle amalgam of historical sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, in an immaculately landscaped garden setting. The workshop venue is the Veterinary Science Conference Centre (VSCC), which houses state-of-the-art conference facilities. The meeting will be fully catered for by the University’s Gold Licence Caterer, with morning and afternoon refreshments provided, as well as a gourmet networking lunch.

Here is a University campus map. The VSCC is located at E7. Directions on how to find the VSCC using public transport can be found here.

A wireless network will be available for internet use by registered delegates. Details will be provided at the registration desk.

Social Activities

A welcome reception will be held at the University of Sydney Refectory Collonade on Sunday, 13 December, 1730-1930. The registration desk will be open at the reception during 1700-1800. Here is a map showing the location of the reception (Holme building) and the conference venue (VSCC).

The conference dinner will be held on Tuesday 15 December at the Sydney Rowing Club. Further information will be provided at the meeting.

The Conference Dinner is now fully booked!

Here is a map showing the location and travel directions to the Sydney Rowing Club, at Abbotsford Ferry Wharf.


The University of Sydney is located within walking distance to several hotels offering a range of accommodation choices. Student accommodation is also available through the University’s Colleges.

Further accommodation information.


Invited and selected contributed talks will be published as original, peer-reviewed papers in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia (CSIRO publishing).

Scientific Organising Committee

  • Zdenka Kuncic, Institute of Medical Physics, University of Sydney (Convenor)
  • Dale Bailey, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Royal North Shore Hospital
  • Clive Baldock, Institute of Medical Physics, University of Sydney
  • Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Sydney Institute for Astronomy, University of Sydney
  • Roger Fulton, Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney
  • Bryan Gaensler, Sydney Institute for Astronomy, University of Sydney
  • Geraint Lewis, Sydney Institute for Astronomy, University of Sydney
  • Steven Meikle, Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney

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