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Seeing stars from Sydney

Date: Sunday, September 18, 2022

The fascinating subject of space research and exploration, and the key role the Weizmann Institute is playing globally in expanding this field of knowledge, will be presented to Weizmann Australia supporters in Sydney in April.

During this special hybrid event, guests will blast off with Weizmann scientists for an immersive experience to better understand our universe and ourselves. Beaming in from Rehovot, Vice President Prof. Roee Ozeri will present an interview with Prof. Oded Aharonson, Head of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.  Prof.  Aharonson  will then introduce, for the first time to an Australian audience, the Institute’s flagship Frontiers of the Universe project.

Astrophysicist Dr. Sagi Ben-Ami will share insights from his collaborative work on the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT)—a project in which leading scientists and engineers from the US, Brazil, South Korea, Australia, and Israel are assembling what will be the most powerful ground-based optical telescope in the world. Scheduled for completion in the late 2020s, the GMT is being built in Chile, one of the best places on Earth to look at the heavens. 

The virtual presentations will conclude with a live Q&A session in which Prof. Ozeri will answer questions from the Sydney audience.

The first Weizmann Australia in-person gathering since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event promises to be an exciting opportunity to renew friendships whilst gaining a deeper appreciation for the dynamic astrophysics research taking place at the Weizmann Institute.