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Speakers & Presentations

RASNZ is proud to announce a lineup of exceptional speakers who will present on a wide range of topics related to astronomy and space science for the 2023 Conference. Our esteemed speakers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from academia, research institutions, and industry, and are guaranteed to provide engaging and informative presentations. From keynote speakers to university students, there is something for everyone at this year's conference.


With topics ranging from the latest breakthroughs in space exploration to the mysteries of the universe, attendees can look forward to an exciting and enlightening conference. . Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn and connect with other astronomy enthusiasts!

Keynote Speakers

Meet the keynote speakers for the 2023 Conference!

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Prof Chris Lintott

Chris Lintott is an astronomer and science communicator based at the University of Oxford. He is famous for presenting "What's Up in the Night Sky" on BBC's "The Sky at Night" and co-founding the citizen science project, Galaxy Zoo. His research covers galaxy formation, extraterrestrial life, and astronomy history, and he has authored scientific papers and popular science books. Lintott is an award-winning science communicator, appearing regularly on radio and television, and has received the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal.

Professor of Astrophysics and Citizen Science Lead

Oxford University


Australia National University

Associate Professor

Charlie Lineweaver

Charlie Lineweaver is a well-known astronomer at the Australian National University, renowned for his research on the early universe and search for extraterrestrial life. He has published scientific papers on topics such as dark matter, exoplanet habitability, and cosmology. Lineweaver is a notable science communicator, and has been awarded for his work, including the Pawsey Medal and the Newcomb Cleveland Prize. He is an expert in planetary science, astrochemistry, and computer simulations, and has collaborated with researchers worldwide.


RASNZ President

Astronz Chairperson

Nalayini Davies

Nalayini Davies is a prominent figure in the astronomy community in New Zealand, serving as the President of RASNZ and Chairperson of Astronz. She has organized several public events and advocated for increasing diversity and inclusion in astronomy. Davies played a significant role in establishing Aotea/Great Barrier Island as an IDA International Dark Sky Sanctuary and remains dedicated to promoting dark skies and preserving New Zealand's night-time environment. Her contributions have inspired many people to pursue astronomy and space science.

Session Speakers

Session speakers are the mainstay of the RASNZ Conference, and are typically New Zealand based research astronomers, industries and societies covering their areas of work and discoveries.


RASNZ is inviting session speakers to register for our event! Our sessions offer 20-minute slots to present on a range of topics. Whether you're an academic, researcher, industry professional or an amateur, we welcome all backgrounds. Join us to connect, network, and share ideas with like-minded individuals. 

Historical Section Workshop

Join esteemed Professor Wayne Orchiston and RASNZ Fellow Member Glen Rowe for an engaging workshop exploring the fascinating history of astronomy in New Zealand. As leaders of the RASNZ Historical Section, they bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this field of research, and their contributions have significantly advanced our understanding of New Zealand's astronomical past. Through this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the various resources available for historical research, gain insight into key elements of New Zealand's astronomical history, and identify priority areas for future investigation. With the guidance of Professor Orchiston and Glen Rowe, participants will also work together to form research teams and identify target outputs for each project, such as publications or conference presentations. This workshop is an exciting opportunity to delve into the rich scientific heritage of New Zealand and contribute to this vital field of research.

Student  Talks

The Students With A Passion for Astronomy program (SWAPA) has provided an excellent opportunity for young astronomers to make significant contributions. High school students and undergraduate students who are successful recipients of SWAPA scholarships can present on an area of personal interest or study for 5 and 10 minutes, respectively. This development allows students to showcase their passion for astronomy and share their knowledge with other attendees. Don't miss the chance to see these enthusiastic and talented students present at the conference!


We encourage all conference attendees to submit a poster on any relevant topic for display. The posters should be A1 in size and easily readable from an arm's length distance. If time permits, those presenting posters may be given a brief one-minute opportunity to introduce their poster at the podium. Don't miss the chance to share your research and ideas with fellow conference attendees through a poster presentation!

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