Keele Astrophysics Group

Seminar Programme

2020/21 Programme

    All seminars are on Wednesdays at 2pm and will be delivered online unless otherwise stated. Please contact Nick Wright to join our online seminars (n.j.wright AT

    21 April 2021 Sergio Rezende (Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil) Spintronics: Fundamentals and recent developments
    19 May 2021 Dominic Bowman (University of Leuven) Asteroseisology of Massive Stars
    5 May 2021 Mirjana Povic (Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute) Developments in Africa through astronoy research and education
    02 June 2021 Joao Alves (University of Vienna) The Radcliffe Wave and the new Local Galactic Neighbourhood
    09 June 2021 Jonathan Gagne (University of Montreal) How Gaia is Propelling the Study of Nearby Young Stars

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

Past seminars (2020/21)

7 October 2020 Zeila Zanoli (Utrecht) Quantum materials by design
21 October 2020 Hilding Neilson (Toronto) Period change, evolution and atmospheres of Cepheids
11 November 2020 Katja Poppenhager (Potsdam) Exoplanets under multiwavelength fire
9 December 2020 Sarah Casewell (Leicester) Irradiated brown dwarfs: Providing insights into exoplanet atmospheres
16 December 2020 Nilanthy Balakrishnan (Keele)InSe rediscovered: A van der Waals crystal for new electronic, opto-electronic and thermoelectric devices
20 January 2021 Ernesto Galvao (IINL, Portugal) Photonic Quantum Computation
27 January 2021 Jess Wade (Imperial College) Equity in Science
17 February 2021 Ruth Angus (Columbia University / AMNH) The Stellar Revolution: Unlocking stellar ages in the time-domain era
24 March 2021 Phil Muirhead (Boston University) Race to the Bottom: Stellar and Planetary astrophysics at the bottom of the main sequence

Past seminars (2019/20)

9 October 2019 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?
27 November 2019 Richard Nelson (Queen Mary University) The role of migration in the formation of planetary systems
11 December 2019 Edward Gillen (Cambridge University) Understanding the early evolution of stellar and planetary systems
26 February 2020 Raphael Hirschi (Keele University) Can Stars form 50 to 100 solar-mass Black Holes?
22 April 2020 Jorick Vink (Armagh Observatory) The heaviest stars and black holes in the Universe
6 May 2020 Seb Oliver (Sussex University) Applying astronomical techniques to all sorts of stuff
3 June 2020 Simon Goodwin (Sheffield University) Is local star formation 'normal'?

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