Keele Astrophysics Group

Seminar Programme

The seminars are on Wednesdays at 4.00 p.m. in the Lennard-Jones lecture hall (LJ1.75) and sometimes in the LJ Library (LJ1.25). All welcome.

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2017/18 Programme

    All seminars are on Wednesdays at 4pm in room LJ 1.75 unless otherwise stated.

    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

    In this talk, I will discuss how molecules, and their chemistry, are useful tools to unveil the dominant physical processes taking place in star forming regions. I will focus on a comprehensive chemical study of a sample of filamentary and massive Infrared-Dark Clouds, or IRDCs, which are believed to be the precursors of massive star and star cluster formation. I will show how molecular line studies of IRDCs can help us to discriminate between the different theories of molecular cloud and massive star/star cluster formation.
    6 June 2018 William Chantereau (Liverpool John Moores)

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

Past seminars (2016/17)

  • 12 October 2016, 4pm, room LJ 1.75
    Giovanni Rosotti
    University of Cambridge
    Studying planet formation in the era of ALMA

  • 26 October 2016, 4pm, room LJ 1.75
    Saida Caballero-Nieves
    Sheffield University
    A Binary View of Massive Stars

  • 9 November 2016, 4pm, room LJ 1.75
    Jose Groh
    Trinity College Dublin
    The surprising look of massive stars before death

  • 23 November 2016, 4pm, room LJ 1.75
    Katharine Johnston
    Leeds University
    Accretion disks around massive stars: the revolution with ALMA

  • 7 December 2016, 4pm, room LJ 1.75
    Chris Copperwheat
    Liverpool John Moores University
    The Large Robotic Telescope: a facility for the new era of time domain astronomy

  • 25 January 2017,11am, room LJ 1.25
    Fabian Schneider
    Oxford University
    Magnetic Massive Stars

  • 1 February 2017, 4pm, room LJ 1.75
    Dirk Froebrich
    Kent University
    Investigations of Star Formation with the UKIRT Widefield Infrared Survey for H2

  • 15 February 2017, 4pm, room LJ 1.75
    Bernhard Mueller
    Queen's University Belfast
    Understanding the Explosions of Massive Stars

  • 22 March 2017, 4pm, room LJ 1.01
    Valentina Braito
    Brera Observatory
    Mapping AGN winds and circumnuclear absorbers from the smallest to the largest scales

  • 3 May 2017, 4pm, room LJ 1.75
    Isabelle Baraffe
    University of Exeter
    A new generation of multi-dimensional stellar structure models

  • 10 May 2017, 4pm, room LJ 1.75
    John Beckman
    IAC Tenerife
    The GHaFaS Fabry-Perot system on the WHT: Radioastronomy at Optical Wavelengths

  • Emily Brunsden
    York University
    Spectroscopic Mode Identification of Gamma Doradus Stars