Immersive science: the next frontier in Australian astronomy

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13 August 2017, 2:00pm3:00pm
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Join astronomers Dr Alan Duffy and Dr Katie Mack on an exploration of the universe in an immersive science talk blending live events and virtual reality. Learn how Australia's astronomers are leading the world in understanding the cosmos around us, from our own solar system to mapping out galaxies and seeing colliding black holes.

You can also download the SciVR app to your smartphone or tablet to enjoy these astronomical wonders in your own personal virtual reality tour.

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week. This has been made possible with the generous support of Swinburne University of Technology, the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav).


  • Dr Alan Duffy is a computational astrophysicist at Swinburne University of Technology creating baby universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies like our Milky Way form and grow within vast halos of invisible dark matter. When not exploring simulated universes Alan lectures in physics as well as science communication at Swinburne University. Every fortnight Alan tries to explain breaking science on his space segment with ABC Breakfast News TV, ABC Radio Melbourne with Clare Bowditch and is a regular on Ten’s The project.

  • Dr Katherine (Katie) Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist. Her work focuses on finding new ways to learn about the early universe and fundamental physics using astronomical observations, probing the building blocks of nature by examining the cosmos on the largest scales. Throughout her career as a researcher at Caltech, Princeton, Cambridge and now Melbourne University, she has studied dark matter, black holes, cosmic strings, and the formation of the first galaxies in the universe. Katie is also an active online science communicator and is passionate about science outreach. As a science writer she has been published by Slate, Sky & Telescope,, the Economist tech blog 'Babbage' and other popular publications.