[ASA] First Announcement: The Second Pietro Baracchi Conference. Firenze, Italy, October 22 - 24, 2019

Steven Tingay s.tingay at curtin.edu.au
Tue Feb 12 19:30:49 AEDT 2019

Dear ASA Members,

We are pleased to distribute this first announcement for the Second Pietro
Baracchi conference, which will be held in Firenze, Italy, on October 22 -
24, 2019. This series of conferences is named in honour of Pietro Paolo
Giovanni Ernesto Baracchi (1851 — 1926), an Italian who played a central
role in Australian astronomy in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  The
conference brings together Italian and Australian astronomers and
technologists to discuss topics of mutual interest, ongoing collaborations,
and future collaborations. Information and registration information is
below. As well as invited presentations, contributed presentations are

Conference title:

The era of collaborative multi-wavelength and multi-messenger astronomy:
science and technology


October 22 - 24, 2019


Auditorium della Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze - Via Folco
Portinari, Firenze (Italy)

Website and registration:



Italy and Australia are deeply involved in many of the most advanced
next-generation astronomical facilities.  Australia and Italy contribute to
these facilities at fundamental technological and scientific levels and all
of these facilities will play a role in the new era of multi-wavelength and
multi-messenger astrophysics and cosmology.

With the detection of gravitational waves and the identification of their
electro-magnetic counterparts, and the rise of synergies between
astroparticle physics and electromagnetic astronomy, our communities face
exciting advances, but also challenges in technology, coordination, and

This meeting, the second Pietro Baracchi conference, will bring together
Italian and Australian astronomers and engineers working across projects
and facilities of common interest, with a particular focus on
multi-messenger, multi-wavelength astrophysics and cosmology.  The goal of
the Pietro Baracchi meetings is to encourage closer collaborations between
Italy and Australia in astrophysics and technology.

Examples of topics covered at the meeting are (recognising that each topic
will include science and technology development components):

·      Next-generation optical facilities in the multi-messenger era.
Australia has established a strategic relationship with ESO and Italy is a
major ESO partner;

·      The role of current and future radio telescopes in the
multi-messenger era (e.g. SRT, VLBI, MWA, ASKAP, SKA).  Italy and Australia
are both Members of the SKA project;

·      Gravitational wave detectors and prospects for coordination with
electro-magnetic astronomy.  Italy leads the VIRGO project, hosts the
European Gravitational Observatory (EGO), and is deeply involved in the
third generation of GW detectors, such as the Einstein Telescope (ET).
Australia is involved in interferometric and pulsar timing GW techniques

·      High photon energy astrophysics in the multi-messenger era.  Italy
is the HQ for the CTA and Australian institutes are Members;

·      The role of astroparticle experiments in the future.  Italy is a
major partner in KM3Net and Australian institutes are joining KM3Net;

·      Multi-wavelength and transient astronomy;

·      The history of astronomy between Australia and Italy, motivated by
the career of Pietro Baracchi.

The conference does not have a registration fee.

Sponsoring Institutions: ICRAR - Curtin University and National Institute
for Astrophysics (INAF)

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Professor Steven Tingay
John Curtin Distinguished Professor

Executive Director
Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy
Curtin University
Bentley, Western Australia

Deputy Executive Director
International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research

Street address:
Brodie Hall building
1 Turner Ave
Technology Park
Bentley 6102
Western Australia

Email:  S.Tingay at curtin.edu.au <s.tingay at curtin.edu.au>
            Steven.Tingay at icrar.org

WWW: http://astronomy.curtin.edu.au

Phone: +61 (0)8 9266 4908

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