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Previous years' seminars

Here is a list of previous seminars hosted by the Warwick Astronomy Group.

The current schedule may be found on the main seminars page.

2015/2016 seminar series
21 Sep 2015 Deanne Coppejans (Radbound University Nijmegen) Do all accreting white dwarfs launch jets?
28 Sept 2015 John Spencer (Southwest Research Institute) The First Close-up Look at the Pluto System
14 Oct 2015 Warwick astro Jamboree  
21 Oct 2015 Pratika Dayal (University of Durham) The first billion years of galaxy formation in cold and warm dark matter cosmologies
28 Oct 2015 Siegfried Eggl (Observatoire de Paris) Bad weather on Tatooine?
4 Nov 2015 Cosimo Inserra (Queen's University Belfast) The brightest explosions in the Universe
11 Nov 2015 Richard Townsend (University of Wisconsin-Madison) MESA & GYRE: Stellar Astrophysics for the People (CANCELLED)
18 Nov 2015 Donald Hoard (MPIA, Heidelberg) White Dwarf Suns: Can Dead Stars Support Life in the Current and Future Universe?
25 Nov 2015 Stephen Lowry (University of Kent) Imaging Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from Rosetta
2 Dec 2015 Sebastian Hoenig (University Southampton) Tori, disks, and winds — the AGN dust emission at high angular resolution
9 Dec 2015 SiYi Xu (ESO Garching) Disintegration of Asteroids Around White Dwarfs
16 Dec 2015 Katherine Blundell (Oxford) Time-resolved spectroscopy from the Global Jet Watch Observatories
13 Jan 2016 David Sobral (Lancaster University) Exploring the distant Universe with the largest emission-line surveys
20 Jan 2016 Leigh Fletcher (University of Leicester) Exploring the Extreme Climates of Giant Planets
27 Jan 2016 Duncan Forgan (University of St. Andrews) Worlds Stranger Than We Can Suppose
3 Feb 2016 Ernst de Mooij (Queen's University Belfast) Characterising the atmospheres of exoplanets with ground-based telescopes
10 Feb 2016 Sandra Greiss (Lyst) Life post-Warwick
23 Mar 2016 Yvonne Unruh (Imperial) Solar and stellar photospheric variability
30 Mar 2016 Niall Deacon (University of Hertfordshire) Wide orbit exoplanets and planets in wide binaries
13 Apr 2016 Beth Biller (University of Edinburgh) Detecting and Characterising Planets with Direct Imaging
20 Apr 2016 Sergei Nayakshin (Leicester) Planet formation theories versus observations
27 Apr 2016 Seppo Mattila (FINCA) High angular resolution infrared and radio view of optically dark supernovae in luminous infrared galaxies
4 May 2016 Sasha Hinkley (University of Exeter) Exoplanet Imaging: Recent results, and Future Prospects
11 May 2016 Jorge Casares (IAC) Galactic Black Holes
18 May 2016 Federico Marocco (University of Hertfordshire) Spectroscopic analysis of a large sample of L and T dwarfs.
25 May 2016 Alessandro Ederoclite (CEFCA) Narrow band observations with wide field imagers. A scientific perspective.
3 June 2016 Richard Stancliffe (Bonn) The need for an intermediate neutron capture process
2014/2015 seminar series
15 Oct 2014 ZengHua Zhang (IAC) Towards a comprehensive characterization of L subdwarfs
5 Nov 2014 Nadia Blagorodnova (Cambridge) Gaia: switching on the transient detection machine
12 Nov 2014 Tom Shanks (Durham) Do all quasars have the same Black Hole Mass?
26 Nov 2014 Mark Wyatt (Cambridge) Hot dust around nearby stars
10 Dec 2014 Farzana Meru (Cambdridge) The interactions between planets and their parent disc: the impact on planet survivability and disc structures
21 Jan 2015 Bill Chaplin (Birmingham) Asteroseismology of solar-type stars with Kepler
4 Feb 20145 Jeff Wagg (SKA Telescope) The Road to Phase 1 of the Square Kilometre Array
18 Feb 2015 Nikolay Nikolov (Exeter) Atmospheric characterization of hot-Jupiter exoplanets. Results from HST transmission spectral survey
11 Mar 2015 Nino Cucchiara (NASA Goddard) Tracing the first metals via GRB-DLAs
15 Apr 2015 Matthew Payne (CfA) Unveiling The Structure of the Outer Solar System using Occultations
29 Apr 2015 Jonathan Pritchard (Imperial) Mapping reionization with the SKA
13 May 2015 Neale Gibson (ESO) Probing exoplanet atmospheres: challenges with observations and data analysis
10 Jun 2015 Haley Gomez (Cardiff) An explosive origin for dust
1 Jul 2015 Andrew King (Leicester) From quasars to ULXs: how black holes affect their surroundings


2013/2014 seminar series
2 Oct 2013 Warwick Astronomy Group New group members welcome/ Jamboree
9 Oct 2013

Shri R. Kulkarni (Caltech)

Booms, Burps & Bangs: The Dynamic Universe
16 Oct 2013

Nick Wright (University of Hertfordshire)

The Dynamics of Star Clusters
30 Oct 2013  Justyn Maund (Queen's University Belfast)
The progenitors of core-collapse supernovae (cancelled)
13 Nov 2013 Pierre Maxted (Keele University) Stripped red giant stars in eclipsing binary systems
20 Nov 2013  Justyn Maund (Queen's University Belfast)
The progenitors of core-collapse supernovae
27 Nov 2013

Ignasi Ribas (Institut de Ciencies de l'Espai)

The CARMENES instrument: finding small planets signals amid astrophysical noise
11 Dec 2013 Diego Capozzi (University of Portsmouth) Probing galaxy formation and evolution at different cosmic epochs and in different environments
8 Jan 2014 Andy Young (Bristol University) X-ray echoes from active galaxies
22 Jan 2014 John Barnes
(University of Hertfordshire)
A Radial velocity search for low mass M dwarf planets
5 Feb 2014

Donald Kurtz (University of Central Lancashire)

Asteroseismology: A New Keplerian Revolution
12 Feb 2014

Melvyn Davies (University of Lund)

The dynamics of exo-planet systems
28 Feb 2014

Amy Bonsor & Zoe Leinhardt (University of Bristol)

Is the composition of the Earth skin deep?
2 April 2014

Wyn Evans (Cambridge)

A Ghost Story: The Halo of the Milky Way Galaxy
16 April 2014

Emily Freeland (University of Stockholm)

Intergalactic Gas in Groups of Galaxies: Implications for Dwarf Spheroidal Formation and The Missing Baryons Problem
30 April 2014

Simon Goodwin (Sheffield University)

Is star formation universal?

14 May 2014

Morgan Fraser (Cambridge)

A post-mortem for stars: Core-collapse supernovae and their progenitors

21 May 2014

Robert Izzard (Bonn)

The Origin of the Elements and the Critical Role of Binary Stars
28 May 2014 Phillip Podsiadlowski The Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
11 Jun 2014

Mari Cruz Galvez-Ortiz (Centro de Astrobiologia)

Search for Pleiades T dwarfs
6 Aug 2014 Joao Bento (Macquarie University)
The Replicable High-resolution Exoplanets and Asteroseismology (RHEA) spectrograph
2012/2013 seminar series
9 Oct 2012 Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay (Heidelberg University, Germany) 3D model atmospheres of white dwarfs
17 Oct 2012 Rubens Reis (University of Michigan, USA) Putting a spin on black holes
14 Nov 2012 David Levitan (California Institute of Technology, USA) The search for AMCVn systems in the Palomar Transient Factory
21 Nov 2012 Ben Davies (Liverpool John Moores University) The Brightest Stars in the Local Universe
5 Dec 2012 Maurizio Salaris (Liverpool John Moores University) White Dwarf Cosmochronology: theory, tests, (some) applications, uncertainties
9 Jan 2013 Matthew Middleton (University of Amsterdam) Welcome to the feast: confirming Eddington accretion in ultra-luminous X-ray sources
23 Jan 2013 Andrea Miglio (University of Birmingham) Sounding the stars with asteroseismology: new results and challenges in the era of CoRoT and Kepler
6 Feb 2013 Luca Fossati (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany) The magnetic field of planet-hosting stars
27 Feb 2013 Ilya Mandel (University of Birmingham) GWastrophysics of compact binaries
13 Mar 2013 Moira Jardine (St. Andrews) Star spots and flares: living with a delinquent star
24 Apr 2013

Gavin Dalton (University of Oxford)

WEAVE: The next generation wide-field spectroscopy facility for the WHT
8 May 2013

David Sing (University of Exeter)

HST Transiting Hot Jupiter Atmospheric Survey: The Dawn of Comparative Exoplanet Atmospheres
22 May 2013

Richard Ellis (Caltech, USA)

Obesity in the Universe: How Did Early-Type Galaxies Grow in Size?
12 Jun 2013

Christopher Harrison (Durham University)

Searching for observational evidence of AGN suppressing star formation
Mon 17 Jun 2013 Phil Charles (University of Southampton) The Nature of XRF111111: a nova explosion in a Be binary?
19 Jun 2013 Jay Holberg (University of Arizona, USA)

Large Samples and Ground Truth: The 25 Parsec Local White Dwarf Population

10 Jul 2013 Retha Pretorius (University of Southampton) Constraints on the space density of CVs and implications for evolution models
2011/2012 seminar series
12 Oct 2011 New students' welcome (Warwick Astronomy Group)
19 Oct 2011 John Eldridge (IoA, Cambridge) Runaway stars as progenitors of supernovae and gamma-ray bursts
26 Oct 2011 Rob Hynes (Louisiana State University) Variable stars in the Galactic Bulge survey
9 Nov 2011 Sarah Casewell (University of Leicester) Cluster white dwarfs and expanding our knowledge of the IFMR
23 Nov 2011 Steven Parsons (University of Warwick) The X-shooter pipeline
18 Jan 2012 Claudia Maraston (University of Portsmouth) Stellar population modelling and clues to galaxy evolution
29 Feb 2012 Paul Roche (Cardiff University) Linking astronomy research into STEM education
14 Mar 2012 Sabhanjoy Mohanty (Imperial College London) Radius-dependent angular momentum evolution in low-mass stars
25 Apr 2012 Isabelle Baraffe (University of Exeter) Journey to the Centre of an Exoplanet
2 May 2012 Stephen Wilkins (University of Oxford) Exploring the Early Universe with HST/WFC3
9 May 2012 Amy Bonsor (IPAG, Grenoble) Scattering in Planetary Systems
23 May 2012 Dimitri Veras (University of Cambridge) The Great Escape from Dying Binary Stars and White Dwarfs
25 July 2012 Katrien Steenbrugge (Universidad Católica del Norte) Properties of the AGN wind of Mrk 509
2010/2011 seminar series
27 Oct 2010 Kresimir Pavovski (University of Zagreb) Spectral disentangling of close binary stars
10 Nov 2010 Andrea Dieball (University of Southampton) FUV surveys of globular clusters: Exotic stellar population
24 Nov 2010 Mark Sullivan (Oxford University) Supernovae: Explosions and dark energy
8 Dec 2010 Mark Swinbank (University of Durham) Galaxies Under the Cosmic Microscope
15 Dec 2010 Puji Irawati (Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia) Population Synthesis of CVs at the Post-CE stage
19 Jan 2011 Stephen Smartt (Queen's University Belfast) First results from Pan-STARRS - giant supernovae in dwarf galaxies
9 Feb 2011 Mandeep Gill (Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology) Learning about Aspects of Clusters and Cosmology from Weak and Strong Gravitational Lensing Approaches
16 Feb 2010 Paul O'Brien (University of Leicester) The prompt emission and progenitors of Gamma-Ray Bursts
9 Mar 2011 Timothy Davis (Oxford University) Red but not dead! Molecular gas in early-type galaxies
6 Apr 2010 Malcolm Coe (University of Southampton) Accretion physics in the Magellanic Clouds
27 Apr 2011

Chris Conselice (University of Nottingham)

The GOODS NICMOS Survey: Watching Galaxy Formation
15 Ju 2011 Zach Cano (Liverpool John Moores University) The Gamma-Ray Burst - Supernova Connection
22 Jun 2011 Haili Hu (University of Cambridge) Astroseismology
2009/2010 seminar series
4 Nov 2009 Don Kurtz (University of Central Lancashire) Asteroseismology
13 Jan 2010 Joao Bento (Warwick Postgrad) The SuperWASP detector maps: a key towards a higher level of precision
20 Jan 2010 Frederic Pont (University of Exeter) The diversity of extra-solar planets
10 Feb 2010 Tim Roberts (University of Durham) Ultraluminous X-ray sources and the ultraluminous state
17 Feb 2010 Stylianos Pyrzas (Warwick Postgrad) V455 And - the Cataclysmic Variable that really has it all
3 Mar 2010 Danielle Fenech (University College London) The COBRaS e-MERLIN Legacy project: deep radio observations of the Cygnus OB2 association
24 Mar 2010 Steven Parsons (Warwick Postgrad) Period Variations in Eclipsing Post Common Envelope Binaries
26 May 2010 David Pinfield (University of Hertfordshire) Understanding substellar populations using wide-field infrared surveys
16 Jun 2010 Graham Smith (University of Birmingham) The Local Cluster Substructure Survey
2008/2009 seminar series
22 Oct 2008 Jay Farihi (University of Leicester) Minor planet signatures at white dwarfs
19 Nov 2008 Elizabeth Stanway (University of Bristol) Probing galaxy formation at z > 5
3 Dec 2008 Paul Crowther (University of Sheffield) Wolf-Rayet stars as core-collapse supernova and GRB progenitors
10 Dec 2008 Sölen Balman (METU, Turkey) Spectral characteristics of low-mass X-ray binary dippers
14 Jan 2009 James Hough (University of Hertfordshire) High-sensitivity polarimetry: extrasolar planets and Saharan dust
21 Jan 2009 Karl Svensson (Warwick Postgrad) The host galaxies of Gamma-Ray Bursts and Core Collapse Supernovae
28 Jan 2009 Alex Blustin (IoA, Cambridge) Ionised winds in active galactic nuclei: black hole - galaxy feedback in action?
4 Feb 2009 Lieke van Spaandonk (Warwick Postgrad) Ca II spectroscopy of CVs with the same orbital period as GW Lib
11 Feb 2009 Stu Littlefair (University of Sheffield) Time-resolved studies of very low mass stars and brown dwarfs
25 Feb 2009 Richard Hickman (Warwick Postgrad) The boundary layer of Z Cha
4 Mar 2009 Keith Horne (University of St Andrews) Microlens planet searches: a quest for cool Earths
6 May 2009 Barry Smalley (Keele University) Accurate stellar parameters with ASTRA
13 May 2009 Richard Hickman (Warwick Postgrad) Introduction to SQL programming techniques (1)
20 May 2009 Richard Hickman (Warwick Postgrad) Introduction to SQL programming techniques (2)
20 May 2009 Valery Nakariakov (University of Warwick) Quasi-periodic pulsations in solar and stellar flares
3 Jun 2009 Richard Hickman (Warwick Postgrad) Introduction to SQL programming techniques (3)
17 Jun 2009 Steven Bloemen (Warwick Postgrad) High-speed spectroscopy of intermediate polars
19 Aug 2009 Ralph Wijers (Astronomical Institute 'Anton Pannekoek', Amsterdam) LOFAR
2007/2008 seminar series
10 Oct 2007 Tom Dwelly (University of Southampton) Starforming galaxies in deep radio surveys
17 Oct 2007 Mark Wilkinson (University of Leicester) Dark matter in Local Group dwarf spheroidal galaxies
31 Oct 2007 Patricia Schady (Mullard Space Science Laboratory) A multi-wavelength analysis of the local environment of GRBs
14 Nov 2007 Christian Knigge (University of Southampton) The evolution of cataclysmic variables
28 Nov 2007 Carole Haswell (Open University) Accretion disc precession
9 Jan 2008 Gijs Nelemans (Radboud University Nijmegen, NL) The progenitors of Type 1a Supernovae
16 Jan 2008 Tim Naylor (University of Exeter) OB Associations in the era of planet formation
30 Jan 2008 Andrew Norton (Open University) Neutron star masses in X-ray binaries
12 Mar 2008 Leslie Hebb (University of St Andrews) Masses and radii of low-mass stars at the bottom of the main sequence
9 Apr 2008 Ed Cackett (University of Michigan, USA) Recent progress on neutron stars
23 Apr 2008 Nial Tanvir (University of Leicester) Gamma-ray bursts as probes of the distance universe
7 May 2008 Nye Evans (Keele University) Dust production in classical novae
14 May 2008 Vik Dhillon (University of Sheffield) ULTRASPEC
4 Jun 2008 Tom Maccarone (University of Southampton) Black holes and neutron stars in globular clusters
2006/2007 seminar series
2 Mar 2006 Peter Kretschmar
(European Space Agency)
An unshrouded view of our lively galactic centre
7 Mar 2006 Gagik Tovmassian (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) Detection of precession of white dwarfs in interactive binaries
10 May 2006 Ulrich Kolb (Open University) Population synthesis of binary stars
25 May 2006 Uli Heber (Sternwarte Bamberg, Germany) Hyper-velocity stars
14 Mar 2007 Mat Page (Mullard Space Science Laboratory) Ionised winds and QSO evolution
2 May 2007 Matt Burleigh (University of Leicester) White dwarfs, brown dwarfs and planets:
adventures in the final stages of stellar evolution
16 May 2007 Gavin Ramsay (Armagh Observatory) Ultra-compact binaries
30 May 2007 Pierre Maxted (Keele University) SuperWASP - From fixing leaks to finding planets
15 Jun 2007 Jan-Uwe Ness (Arizona State University, USA) X-ray spectroscopy of classical novae