Australian-based astronomers are eligible to apply for time on the VLT and other ESO instruments thanks to the ten-year Strategic Partnership between Australia and ESO. The Strategic Partnership is enabled by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science and Resources (DISR). Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL) supports DISR by overseeing activities and stakeholder communications to ensure Australian astronomers get the best information and access to ESO – see AAL’s ESO webpage for more.
GECKOS (Generalising Edge-on galaxies and their Chemical bimodalities, Kinematics, and Outflows out to Solar environments) is led by Jesse van de Sande (PI; SIfA, University of Sydney), Amelia Fraser-McKelvie (ICRAR/UWA), Deanne Fisher (CAS, Swinburne University of Technology), Marie Martig (ARI, Liverpool John Moores University), and Michael Hayden (SIfA, University of Sydney). The full team includes researchers from international universities as well as several Australian institutions, such as ICRAR/UWA, Macquarie University, The University of New South Wales, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D).
The MAUVE (MUSE and ALMA Unveiling the Virgo Environment) program is led by Barbara Catinella and Luca Cortese from ICRAR/UWA, and includes researchers from Europe, North and South American countries as well as researchers from various Australian institutions (University of Sydney, Curtin University, Swinburne University of Technology, Macquarie University and ASTRO 3D).
GECKOS and MAUVE are open collaborations, with interested members of the Australian community welcome to get in touch with the PIs Jesse van de Sande (GECKOS) and Barbara Catinella and Luca Cortese (MAUVE) if they wish to contribute.
For more information, please contact the following representatives from the relevant institutions:
The University of Sydney: Jesse van de Sande (GECKOS PI): [email protected] or Wilson da Silva, Media Adviser (Science): [email protected]
ICRAR/UWA: Barbara Catinella (MAUVE PI): [email protected],
Luca Cortese (MAUVE PI): [email protected] or
Cass Rowles, Cosmic Communicator/Digital Content Coordinator: [email protected]
ASTRO 3D: Ingrid McCarthy, Chief Operating Officer: [email protected]
AAL: Romy Pearse, Communications Manager: [email protected]astronomyaustralia.org.au