SAAO Colloquia

Colloquia at SAAO are usually held on Thursdays at 11H00 in the SAAO Auditorium.

If you’re interested in giving a talk (or a more informal astro-coffee), please contact saao-colloquium-organiser @ saao.ac.za. We look forward to hearing from you!

Please follow the links in the table below for the details of each talk.

Colloquia in 2017

Date Time Venue Speaker Title
24 August 2017 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Dr. Carlos Bengaly (University of the Western Cape) Testing cosmological isotropy with the large-scale structure
29 June 2017 11:00 1896 Building Jacques Pienaar (Purdue University) Dark Matter Searches with XENON1T
4 May 2017 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Cristina Romero-Canizales (Diego Portales University) An extinction-free view of merging galaxies and their constituents
6 April 2017 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Jeroen Stil (University of Calgary) Magnetic field structure of intermediate-velocity gas in the local ISM
31 March 2017 11:00 1896 Building Prof. Jirong Mao (Yunnan Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences) Jitter radiation for GRBs and blazars
30 March 2017 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Akiko Kawachi NIR monitoring observations of the TeV gamma-ray binaries
23 March 2017 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Jean-Paul Kneib - Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) Fundamental and Precision Cosmology: Deep and Wide-Field Surveys to Unlock the Dark Side of the Universe
14 March 2017 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Prof Tom Ray Preparing for Science with the James Webb Space Telescope - Prof Tom Ray (Dublin)
13 February 2017 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Dr Elmé Breedt (University of Warwick) Double degenerate binaries in spectroscopic surveys
26 January 2017 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Dr Mattia Negrello (University of Cardiff) Dust-obscured galaxies under the cosmic zoom lens in the Herschel Astrophysical Terahertz Large Area Survey
24 January 2017 11:00 1896 Building Dr. Julia Alfonso-Garzón INTEGRAL multiwavelength observations of X-ray binaries.

Colloquia in 2016

Date Time Venue Speaker Title
8 December 2016 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Stephane Courteau (Queen's University) Puzzles in Galaxy Scaling Relations
1 December 2016 11:00 1896 Building Prof. Subo Dong (Kavli Institute for Astronomy, Peking University) Observational Tests of SN Ia Explosion Models with a Complete Sample
17 November 2016 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Prof Gerald Cecil (UNC) SAMI Galaxy Survey: Spectral Mapping of Galaxies by the Dozen
10 November 2016 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Prof Andrew Baker Dusty Star-Forming Galaxies at High Redshift
27 October 2016 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Michelle Lochner Estimating Redshifts from Distant HI Galaxies with Bayesian Statistics
13 October 2016 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Niruj Ramanujam (NCRA-TIFR and the POEC of the ASI) The landscape of astronomy outreach in India: a tale of scale, scope and consolidation
29 September 2016 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Nicolas Erasmus Frontier Development Lab
8 September 2016 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Brad Frank Developments at IDIA - Preparation for MeerKAT
18 August 2016 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Padmakar Parihar (Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore) Indian Participation in the Thirty Meter Telescope Project: Impact and Current Status
24 May 2016 15:00 SAAO Auditorium Jill Rathborne (CSIRO) Star formation in the Milky Way and implications for other galaxies
19 May 2016 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Leon Koopmans (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute) The LOFAR Reionization Key Science Project: Current Status
12 May 2016 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Lucia Marchetti (Open University Milton Keynes (UK)) The SALT Gravitational Lensing Legacy Project
5 May 2016 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Jonathan Zwart (UWC/UCT) Unconventional Radio Astronomy
21 April 2016 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Prof. Yong-Ik Byun (Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea) A New Approach for Wide Field Time Series Photometry: applications for variable stars and asteroids
14 April 2016 11:00 1896 Building (SAAO) Vanessa McBride Science with MeerLICHT
7 April 2016 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Krystian Ilkiewicz (Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center) Active phases and flickering in symbiotic stars.
24 March 2016 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Laure Catala (SAAO) Sutherland seeing conditions and prospects of an Adaptive Optics system for SALT
17 March 2016 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Ralf-Juergen Dettmar Ionized gaseous halos in starforming disk galaxies - ionization and kinematics
25 February 2016 11:00 SAAO Auditorium David Jacobs (UCT Cosmology) Macro Dark Matter
11 February 2016 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Luis Balona Flare stars across the H-R diagram
4 February 2016 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Yuki Moritani (Kavli IPMU, Japan) Revealing the binary interaction in the puzzling gamma-ray binary HESS J0632+057

Colloquia in 2015

Date Time Venue Speaker Title
26 November 2015 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Prof. Dan McIntosh (Missouri-UMKC) Galactic Capitalism: the Buildup of a Bimodal Galaxy Population
19 November 2015 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Jarita Holbrook (UWC) The SKA Shared Sky Exhibit and /Xam Skylore in the Karoo
12 November 2015 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Petri Vaisanen (SAAO) SALT news
15 October 2015 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Nicolas Erasmus (SAAO) Femtosecond Electron Diffraction: Making an Atomic Movie!
14 September 2015 15:00 SAAO Auditorium Jay M. Pasachoff (Williams College (Williamstown, Mass.) and Caltech (Pasadena, Cal.)) The Solar Corona at Recent Total Solar Eclipses
6 August 2015 11:00 SAAO auditorium Frederic (Rick) Hessman (Institut für Astrophysik, Goettingen) The local Dark Matter density
16 July 2015 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Eli Grant Maximising Astronomy's Human Capacity Development Impact
9 July 2015 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Sourav Mitra (CET Fellow, UWC) Equilibrium Model for Galaxy Evolution
18 June 2015 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Russell Johnston (University of Western Cape) The evolving relation between star-formation rate and stellar mass in the VIDEO Survey since z = 3
17 June 2015 11:00 1896 Building (SAAO) Professor K.P. Singh (Tata Institute for Fundamental Research) Science programs with ASTROSAT
11 June 2015 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Tim-Oliver Husser Resolving stellar populations with MUSE
28 May 2015 11:00 1896 Building Michele Trenti (University of Melbourne, Australia) Galaxies at Cosmic Dawn
14 May 2015 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Ram Venuogopal Using Remote Telescopes to Expand Astronomy Access in Universities
7 May 2015 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Ian Glass Proxima Centauri - 100 years since its discovery
27 March 2015 12:00 SAAO Auditorium C.S. Stalin Narrow line Seyfert 1 galaxies: a new class of gamma-ray emitting AGN
26 March 2015 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Max Pettini (University of Cambridge) Weighing the Universe with the Lightest Elements
19 March 2015 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Kai Staats LIGO Generations
12 March 2015 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Steven Rieder 13 orders of magnitude: simulating the universe with AMUSE
5 March 2015 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Michael Mommert Asteroid Characterization from the Ground and in Space
26 February 2015 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Nelson Padilla (PUC Chile) Effects of the stochastic growth of angular momentum on the star formation rate
19 February 2015 11:00 1896 building Torsten Böhm Discovery of starspots on Vega. First spectrocopic detection of surface structures on a normal A-type star
29 January 2015 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Richard de Grijs (Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Peking University, China) Astronomical advances during the 17th Century Scientific Revolution

Colloquia in 2014

Date Time Venue Speaker Title
11 December 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Ivan Katkov Isolated lenticular galaxies: properties and evolution
4 December 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Graziela Keller Spectral analysis of very hot H-deficient [WCE]-type central stars of planetary nebulae
1 December 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Prof. Vladimir Lipunov (Sternberg Astronomical Institute) Global MASTER Robotic Net
26 November 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Paulo Penteado Bringing Big Data to the Solar System
30 October 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Steve Crawford Astropy: A community python library for Astronomy
23 October 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium David Trilling Small bodies in the Solar System
16 October 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Burcu Beygu The Void Galaxy Survey: A filamentary structure in the void
30 September 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Carel van Gend and Briehan Lombaard Python at the Observatory - Old telescopes, new instruments
25 September 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Abhijit Saha On The Outer Structure of the Magellanic Cloud Complex
16 September 2014 14:00 SAAO Auditorium Jon Loveday Galaxy evolution since z ~ 0.5
28 August 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Catherine Cress Galaxy Evolution and Cosmology Studies with SALT
14 August 2014 11:40 SAAO Auditorium Mika Rafieferantsoa Effects of environment/mergers on gas content of galaxies in hydrodynamic simulations
14 August 2014 11:20 SAAO Auditorium Daniél Groenewald Importance of Mergers in the Growth of Brightest Cluster Galaxies
14 August 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Blaise Tapsoba Analysis of SALT Fabry-Perot medium resolution data
7 August 2014 11:40 SAAO Auditorium Itumeleng Monageng On the the relationship between circumstellar disc size and X-ray outbursts in Be X-ray binaries
7 August 2014 11:20 SAAO Auditorium Enrico Kotze New insights from inside-out Doppler tomography
7 August 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Hannes Breytenbach Rapid Photometry of Magnetic Cataclysmic Variable Stars
17 July 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Dr. Guillaume Drouart (Onsala Space Observatory) Rapidly growing black holes and host galaxies in the distant Universe
10 July 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Ravi Sankrit Kepler's supernova remnant: recent perspectives
19 June 2014 15:00 SAAO Auditorium Dr. Julio Saucedo Morales (University of Sonora) Teaching History of Astronomy to the Public: The ABC Experience
5 June 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Michael Feast The structure of the Galactic Disc
29 May 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Jakub Ostrowski Pulsational properties of the B-type supergiants
15 May 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Kai Staats Science Outreach and Education through Film - Storytelling in a Digital World
5 May 2014 15:00 SAAO Auditorium Barry Welsh EXO-COMETS: Now you see them, now you don't
5 May 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Gary Zank Faltering Steps into the Galaxy
30 April 2014 15:00 SAAO Auditorium Romanus Eze Development of Astronomy in Nigeria and West African Countries
24 April 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Steve Crawford Astro-Coffee: How I learned to stop worrying and love revision software
17 April 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Wanda Diaz Merced Sonification for the exploration of 1D Astrophysics data
3 April 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Claire Burke Assembly of stellar mass in cluster cores since z=1
20 March 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Tetsuya Nagata Kyoto University 3.8-m Telescope project at Okayama
11 March 2014 11:40 SAAO Auditorium Prospery Simpemba Astronomy Development in Southern Africa
11 March 2014 11:20 SAAO Auditorium Solomon Belay Tessema Astronomy activities in Ethiopia
11 March 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Michael Backes Very High Energy Gamma-Ray Astronomy in Namibia - Recent results by H.E.S.S. and the Namibian proposal to host CTA
6 March 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Torsten Böhm Rotation, activity and stellar oscillations in Vega ? Results of high precision velocimetry with SOPHIE/OHP
13 February 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Jonathan Mackey (Argelander Institute for Astronomy, Bonn) Circumstellar environments of massive stars
30 January 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Phil Charles X-ray Transients from Supersoft to Halo Black-Hole Systems
23 January 2014 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Patrick Woudt MeerLICHT: Simultaneous optical-radio observations of astrophysical transients

Colloquia in 2013

Date Time Venue Speaker Title
12 December 2013 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Nikki Pekeur Long-term monitoring of the optical polarization in the TeV blazar PKS 2155-304
5 December 2013 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Laure Catala The PBL: a new instrument for atmospheric turbulence profiles
21 November 2013 11:00 1896 Building Daniel Angles-Alcazar Torque-Limited Growth of Massive Black Holes in Galaxies
14 November 2013 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Stephane Vennes The polluted atmosphere of white dwarfs and the demise of planetary systems
7 November 2013 15:00 SAAO Auditorium Jim Adams The Asteroid Grand Challenge
17 October 2013 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Tana Joseph Extragalactic X-ray Binaries
26 September 2013 16:00 SAAO Auditorium Eric Gaidos A Thermometer for Goldilocks: Accurate Temperatures of Kepler M Dwarfs and Their Planets
20 September 2013 11:00 1896 Building Cezary Galan Chemical abundances in the atmospheres of the symbiotic giants
19 September 2013 16:00 SAAO Auditorium Stefan Dreizler Detecting and confirming planets with eclipse time and transit time variations
12 September 2013 16:00 SAAO Auditorium Lucas Macri The SH0ES project: H0 to 3% and beyond
6 September 2013 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Wolfgang Christian ComPADRE Digital Library Resources for Teaching Physics and Astronomy
2 September 2013 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Henry Throop Planet Formation in Dense Star Clusters
29 August 2013 16:00 SAAO Auditorium Darragh O’Donoghue Spherical Grating Spectrographs
26 August 2013 11:00 1896 Building Kaustubh Vaghmare The Ones In The Middle
22 August 2013 16:00 SAAO Auditorium Marissa Kotze Work Smarter Not Harder
15 August 2013 16:00 SAAO Auditorium Romeel Davé (SAAO/UWC/AIMS) The Equilibrium Model for Galaxy Evolution
8 August 2013 16:00 SAAO Auditorium Ian Glass (SAAO) La Caille’s visit to the Cape
30 July 2013 11:00 SAAO Auditorium Martin Kunz (University of Geneva) The echo of the Big Bang as seen by the Planck satellite