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Speakers and 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 2024 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

Prof Chris Lintott

Oxford University

Professor of Astrophysics and Citizen Science Lead

Chris Lintott is an Oxford-based astronomer and science communicator known 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. He researches galaxy formation, extraterrestrial life, and astronomy history, and has authored scientific papers and popular science books. Lintott is also an award-winning science communicator, with appearances on radio and TV, and has received the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal.

Charlie Lineweaver

Australia National University

Associate Professor

Charlie Lineweaver is an Australian National University astronomer recognized for his work on the early universe and search for extraterrestrial life. He has published scientific papers on various topics such as dark matter, exoplanet habitability, and cosmology. Lineweaver is an award-winning science communicator and an expert in planetary science, astrochemistry, and computer simulations, having collaborated with researchers worldwide.

Nalayini Davies

RASNZ President

IDA Vice President

Nalayini is a versatile professional with a Master of Science in both astronomy and finance, and experience in banking and financial advisory services. She is also actively involved in promoting astronomy and dark skies as the President of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand, Vice President of the International Dark-Sky Association, and Chair of Astronz. Nalayini co-leads the promotion of New Zealand's journey to become a dark sky nation and her contributions to the astronomic and dark sky communities in New Zealand have been diverse and impactful.

Astronz Chairperson

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. 

Workshop: Historical Section

Monday 5th June

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.

Wayne Orchiston

Director of RASNZ Historical Section

Professor at University of Southern Queensland

Glen Rowe

Deputy Director of RASNZ Historical Section

Fellow Member of RASNZ

Poster Presentations

Join us at the 2023 RASNZ Conference and present your latest research findings and ideas through a poster presentation. This is a unique opportunity to connect with peers, showcase your work visually, and participate in discussions that influence the field of astronomy and space science. Submit your presentation today!

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!

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