Monday 8th – Wednesday 10th May 2023
Virtual Event

The 2023 Australia-NZ Student Conference on General Relativity is an online event for postgraduate students in General Relativity, Cosmology, and Astrophysics. Research in general relativity draws on many sources from differential geometry and classical field theory to astrophysical observations and techniques in numerical analysis. We hope to provide a platform for postgraduate students with expertise in these diverse fields to share their research and to foster interdisciplinary collaboration across the Tasman.

Along with student talks, we will hear from a number of researchers in Australia and New Zealand who work with general relativity and there will be spaces for networking and discussion. Local student hubs are also being organised, so you can attend together with other students in your region.

The conference took place from 8-10 May 2023.


In alphabetical order

Matthew BailesSwinburne UniversityProfessor Matthew Bailes is the leader of the Pulsar and Fast Radio Burst (FRB) research group at the University of Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, and the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery, based in Australia. Matthew’s research focuses on developing instrumentation required for making measurements of pulsars and FRB. He is also an advisor for the 100M Breakthrough Listen Project in their search for extraterrestrial life.
Richard EastherUniversity of AucklandProfessor Richard Easther is a professor of physics at the University of Auckland. Richard’s research focuses on the very early stages of the universe, and the ways that string theory and the inflationary epoch impacted the subsequent evolution of our universe. Studying dark matter and other physical phenomena ‘outside’ of the standard model of particle physics, Richard’s research provides a way to answer important questions relating to some of the least understood areas of particle physics.
Astrid LambertsCNRS, Observatoire de la Côte d’AzurDoctor Astrid Lambert is a CNRS researcher working at the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur in Nice, France. Astrid’s research centers around binary systems and their behaviour. Such systems can be comprised of black holes, extraordinarily massive stars called Wolf-Rayet stars, or blazars. This research is carried out through both interferometric measurement and numerical simulations.
Todd OliynykMonash UniversityProfessor Todd Oliynyk is based in the school of Mathematics at Monash University. Todd’s research interests cover a range of topics in mathematical general relativity including the Newtonian limit and post-Newtonian expansions, gravitating perfect fluids and elastic bodies, and the application of Fuchsian methods to global existence and future stability problems.
Volker SchlueUniversity of MelbourneDoctor Volker Schlue is a lecturer for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Volker’s research is in the field of mathematical general relativity. Some of his research interests include the behaviour of linear waves on black hole spacetimes, linear and nonlinear stability of black hole spacetimes, asymptotic behaviour of semilinear wave equations, and relativistic elasticity in the context of neutron star formation.
Chris StevensUniversity of CanterburyDoctor Chris Stevens is a lecturer for the department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Chris’ research is focused on mathematical and numerical general relativity. Chris employs numerical methods to a range of problems in general relativity, often through computer simulation. These include the analysis of gravitational waves, black holes, asymptotic behaviour of spacetimes, and initial boundary value problems for the Einstein field equations.


Student Talk Abstracts

Organisation Committee

In alphabetical order

Jack AimerUniversity of Canterbury
Louie BernhardtUniversity of Melbourne
Alex GoodenbourUniversity of Canterbury
Earl LesterUniversity of Tasmania
Spencer MagnallMonash University
Elliot MarshallMonash University
Petra TangUniversity of Auckland
Salvatore VultaggioUniversity of Otago
Yourong Frank WangUniversity of Auckland

Supported by

To support post-symposium research collaboration between PhD student participants, MATRIX- AMSI are providing funding through the MATRIX-AMSI PhD Student Research Collaboration Scheme.

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