ASTRO 3D and Diversity in Australian Astronomy

Professor Lisa Kewley
Director, ARC Centre of Excellence ASTRO 3D
Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, ANU

The ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D) is a $40M Centre of Excellence, which is producing a comprehensive picture of the build up of mass, angular momentum, and the chemical elements from the first stars, to (and including) the Milky Way. Our surveys include the measurement of the power spectrum at the Epoch of Reionization with the Murchison Widefield Array, large HI surveys with the Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, the ongoing Australian optical integral field surveys of 10^5 galaxies, a large galaxy evolution program combining HST, Keck, and ESO spectroscopy of galaxies across 12 billion years of cosmic time and the major Australian Galactic Archaeology program to track the chemical history and accretion history of our Milky Way. I will describe the recent discoveries made in ASTRO 3D, as well as providing an update on our ambitious equity and diversity programs, and my recent research into diversity in Australian astronomy.

Lisa Kewley is Professor of Astrophysics at the ANU, ARC Laureate Fellow, and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3-D (ASTRO 3-D). She was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2014 and became an international member of the National Academy of Science (USA) in 2021. She is an established world leader in the theoretical modelling and observation of star-forming and active galaxies. Her seminal contributions include understanding the gas physics in star-forming galaxies, understanding galaxies containing actively accreting supermassive black holes, and tracing the starformation and oxygen history of galaxies over the past 12 billion years. At the ASTRO 3D, Lisa and her team set ambitious goals to have 50% of women at all levels.
Recently, she has performed an in-depth, data driven analysis of the gender gap in the Australian astronomy workforce that enabled her to predict the future trajectories of the gender fraction in academia, given different hiring and retention initiatives: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-021-01341-z


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