Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy

Special Interest Groups

A number of special interest groups have sprung up in the ICC and CEA to encourage collaboration and the sharing of ideas and information. They vary from journal club discussion groups, to meetings that discuss ideas for new projects and papers. Please go along to any that interest you. Some information on where and when they are held and perhaps who to contact can be found in the following table.

Group Aim Organiser Meeting Times Location
GALFORM For GALFORM users to meet to discuss projects and code development Andrew Griffin
Piotr Oleskiewicz
1pm every other Monday OCW226
Galaxy Clusters and Lensing Coordinate activities and share technical expertise Richard Massey
Andrew Robertson
1pm every other Thursday, alternating with LSS journal club OCW116
IMAGE We aim to meet at least once per month to exchange updates, news, and ideas on the topic of gas inside and around galaxies, on the physics of the intergalactic medium, and nucleosynthesis. Meetings are very informal, and provide a forum for closer/new collaborations among staff and students. Michele Fumagalli typically every first Friday of the month at 11 am. A calendar of meetings is available on our website http://astro.dur.ac.uk/image/news.html. We have a group mailing list (ph-gasgroup@durham.ac.uk) used for announcements, and interested people can be added upon request. TBA
Small Scale Structure group To discuss small scale structure projects using Virgo simulations (Apostle, Auriga ...) and their comparisons with observational data. Azadeh Fattahi

The mailing list icc-ssss@durham.ac.uk is used for announcements - interested people can be added upon request.
1pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. The agenda is on-line. OCW108
Standard and non-standard Cosmologies Weekly meeting of people working on alternatives to LCDM. Emphasis is given to theoretical aspects of alternative theories as well as connection with observations. Christian Arnold 12noon Friday OCW116
Large Scale Structure Journal Club Review LSS arXiv preprints Marius Cautun 1pm every other Thursday, alternating with the Galaxy Clusters and Lensing meeting (email the organiser to be added to the mailing list) OCW116
Student Journal Club A forum for PhD and Masters students to discuss papers of interest, gain knowledge of fields outside their own, and practise presenting papers to a group of peers. Meetings are informal and well-supplied with biscuits! Carol Cuesta-Lazaro
Chris Davies
11am every Wednesday (email either organiser to be added to the mailing list) OCW017
AGN/Accretion Journal Club We discuss up to two papers every session dealing with the broad topic of accretion physics, black holes, AGN, and their co-evolution with galaxies. A paper is presented by a pre-assigned attendee, but we encourage open discussion around the table. David Rosario
Raj Sathyaprakash
1pm every alternate Wednesday.The meeting is open to all, advertisements and reminders are sent to astronomy-all. Interested presenters are encouraged to get in touch with the organisers. OCW226
IGM Journal Club Group meeting to discuss pre-selected papers in the general area of the inter-galactic medium. Simon Morris 12 noon every other Monday, dates and papers listed on http://astro.dur.ac.uk/image/news.html OCW116
DESI/4MOST Regular meeting to keep DESI/4MOST interested folks up-to-date with DESI/4MOST related activities in Durham. E-mail the organiser to propose topics for the agenda. Agenda advertised using ph-astronomyall mailing list and on Google docs Pauline Zarrouk 12pm Wednesday OCW226
Machine Learning Journal Club To discuss machine learning or data science related topics (applications, methods, new software, etc.). The format is very flexible - speakers have up to one hour to present in any way they choose (from a paper, from slides, demos, etc.), although please be aware that not everyone is an astronomer. Aidan Sedgewick
Carol Cuesta-Lazaro
4pm Tuesdays (email either organiser to join the mailing list, or send 'subscribe ph-mljc' to majordomo@durham.ac.uk) OCW116

Contact Details

Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy,
Ogden Centre for Fundament Physics - West,
Department of Physics,
Durham University,
South Road,
Durham DH1 3LE
Tel: 44 (0)191 3343635