Keele Astrophysics Group

Seminar Programme

2019/20 Programme

    All seminars are on Wednesdays at 2pm in room LJ 1.75 unless otherwise stated.

    9 October 2019, 1pm Scott Walker (Keele University) The Tactile Universe
    23 October 2019 Juliana Morbec (Keele University) Computational Design of Materials for Technological Applications
    13 November 2019 Beatriz Mingo (Open University) What can LOFAR teach us about AGN?

    The LOFAR Two-metre Sky Survey (LoTSS) first data release has shed some new light on the energetics and life cycles of AGN, challenging some of the existing paradigm, and highlighting the prevalence and impact of radio AGN in the co-evolution of AGN, their host galaxies, and large-scale environments. I will describe our recent work on classification of LOFAR radio galaxies, which sheds new light on the radio phase of AGN activity, and the jet-environment interaction. Our work also tells a cautionary tale about interpreting the results obtained when using automated techniques to classify survey data. I will summarise some of the other key results obtained so far with the survey, and highlight future steps that can help us gain a better understanding on the coevolution of AGN, their hosts, and their large-scale environments.
    27 November 2019 Richard Nelson (Queen Mary University) Planet Formation
    11 December 2019 Edward Gillen (Cambridge University) Exoplanets

    If you would like to give a talk in our seminar programme, please contact Nick Wright (n.j.wright AT

Past seminars

Past seminars (2018/19)

12 September 2018 Sreenath Malamal Gopinathan (Keele) Flame models and their applications in combustion systems
3 October 2018 Monika Petr-Gotzens (ESO) Wide binaries in the Orion OB association
17 October 2018 Joachim Bestenlehner (Sheffield) The most massive stars in the Local Group: the cluster R136
24 October 2018 Tana Joseph (Manchester) Extragalactic Low-Mass X-ray Binaries
7 November 2018 Guy Davies (Birmingham) Stellar ages from Asteroseismology: The Galactic Thick Disk
21 November 2018 Anne Sansom (UCLan) Dust and molecular gas in early-type galaxies
5 December 2018 Aleks Scholz (St Andrews) Brown dwarfs: Formation, IMF, rotation and disks
30 January 2019 Ben Burningham (Hertfordshire) Atmospheric retrievals in the cloudy regime of free-floating planetary mass objects and directly imaged exoplanets
13 February 2019 Matteo Brogi (Warwick) Observations of exoplanet atmospheres at high spectral resolution
6 March 2019 Megan Reiter (ATC Edinburgh) The Role of Ecology in Star and Planet Formation
13 March 2019 Simone Graetzer (Liverpool / Salford Universities) The Physics of Speech
3 April 2019 Aprajita Verma (Oxford) Aperture Fever: The Extremely Large Telescope
23 April 2019 Biwei Jiang (Beijing Normal University, China) Period-Luminosity Relations of Red Supergiants in Nearby Galaxies
8 May 2019 Stephen Smartt (Queen's University Belfast) Multi-messenger astrophysics, merging neutron stars and kilonovae

Past seminars (2017/18)

8 November 2017 Carlos Contreras (University of Exeter) Eruptive Variable Protostars from VVV
22 November 2017 Tamara Rogers (Newcastle University) Internal Gravity Waves in Massive Stars
6 December 2017 Ilya Mandel (University of Birmingham) The Promise of Gravitational Wave Astrophysics
24 January 2018 Suzanne Aigrain (Oxforde University) Taming the stochastic: how Gaussian Processes are transforming exoplanet studies
9 March 2018 Timothy Beers (University of Notre Dame) The Chemistry of the First Stars - Carbon in the Early Universe
21 March 2018 Anna Lisa Varri (University of Edinburgh) The new phase space complexity of old globular clusters
28 March 2018 Chris Wareing (University of Leeds) Filaments, feedback and forming the Rosette
9 May 2018 Izaskun Jimenez-Serra (Queen Mary University) Astrochemistry as a tool: From Infrared-Dark Clouds to massive star formation
6 June 2018 William Chantereau (Liverpool John Moores) Multiple stellar populations of Globular clusters
16 August 2018 Peter Scicluna (Academia Sinica) Recent progress and future prospects in studies of galactic evolved stars