Exotic variable phenomena among Milky Way stars

The SkyMapper Southern Survey is a treasure chest full of discoveries of many millions of stars in the Southern sky. Repeat observations reveal variable stars. This project has several possible avenues, including (1) studying the rate at which cool dwarf stars suffer from flaring outbursts, making their planetary systems uninhabitable; what determines the rate of such outbursts?, and (2) searching for new rare classes of pulsators such as BLAPs (Blue Large-Amplitude Pulsators), which are stars with the luminosity of the Sun that pulsate by over 40% in brightness within minutes; where in the Milky Way can we find these, and what does that tell us about their evolutionary origin?