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Searching for Explosive or Eruptive Variables in the SkyMapper Transient Survey Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours and Summer scholar course
A high-altitude survey for nearby supernova Instrumentation, Stellar and planetary astronomy, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
A resolved star formation study of galaxies using TYPHOON Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and Summer scholar course
A Spatially-Resolved study of Metal and Dust Abundances in Nearby Galaxies Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Adaptive optics for free-space optical communications Instrumentation Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Adaptive optics for pushing space debris Instrumentation Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
Adaptive optics for Quantum Communications Instrumentation PhD
Asteroids studies with the Kepler Space Telescope for Future Asteroid Mining Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Black holes in the early Universe Black hole phenomena Masters and PhD
Building an Observatory in Virtual Reality Instrumentation Honours and PhD
Building an observatory in virtual reality Instrumentation Bachelor, Honours and Summer scholar course
Characterising biases in the Pantheon sample of Type Ia supernovae Structure and evolution of the Cosmos PhD
Characterising target selection effects in stellar surveys Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor and Summer scholar course
Characterising the relationship between supernovae and its host through spectra Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Masters
Characterising the Spatial Variation of Dust Attenuation in Galaxies Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Cosmic evolution of metallicity gradients across environments with MAGPI Structure and evolution of the Cosmos PhD
Creating a UV-Optical spectral database for next generation facilities Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and Summer scholar course
Dust in the Milky Way Galaxy Galactic archaeology Honours and Masters
Exotic variable phenomena among Milky Way stars Stellar and planetary astronomy Honours and Masters
Exploring the Nature of the Main Sequence of Star-Forming Galaxies over Cosmic Time Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Finding Young stars from their Chromospheric activity with the FunnelWeb survey Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Finding Young Stellar Associations with Chronostar Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
Gas motions and excitation in edge-on barred galaxies Galactic archaeology Honours
High-altitude balloon experiment platform Instrumentation Honours and Summer scholar course
High-speed imaging in the near-infrared Instrumentation, Stellar and planetary astronomy, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Masters and PhD
How does the Milky Way get new gas to continue its voracious habit of star formation? Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
Instrumentation for measuring dome turbulence Instrumentation Bachelor, Honours and Summer scholar course
Instrumentation for Measuring Dome Turbulence Instrumentation Masters and PhD
Interspacecraft Metrology for Formation Flying Nanosats Instrumentation, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Investigating multiple populations in Globular clusters. Galactic archaeology Bachelor and Summer scholar course
K3-LARS: exploring the kinematics, metallicity, and ionisation state of early galaxies Structure and evolution of the Cosmos PhD
Laser Guide Star for tracking space debris Instrumentation Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
Looking for patterns in the most recent exoplanet data Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Magnetic fields in the Magellanic System Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Honours, Masters and PhD
Magnetism in the Galactic Centre Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours and Masters
Measuring Dark Energy with Supernova and Active Galactic Nuclei Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Metal SLUG - Developing a tool for stochastic nucleosynthesis Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor and Masters
Metallicity gradients in the resolved redshift desert Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and Summer scholar course
Mid-Infrared Nulling Interferometry for Exoplanet Detection Instrumentation, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
More accurate galaxy stellar masses through forward photometric modelling Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Masters and PhD
Multiple Stellar Populations from a Single Galaxy Spectrum Galactic archaeology Honours
Not all stars are solar--so why model them that way? Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters and Summer scholar course
Observing black-hole formation following gravitational wave events Black hole phenomena Honours, Masters and PhD
Observing HII region spectra in isolated dwarf irregular galaxies from the SIGRID sample Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Masters and PhD
Orbital estimation and catalogue correlation Instrumentation Honours and Summer scholar course
OzDES SkyMapper observations for Reverberation Mapping Black hole phenomena, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Honours, Masters and PhD
Pocket GMT: a testbed for the Giant Magellan Telescope Instrumentation Honours and Summer scholar course
Probing the lagging halo of the Milky Way Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours and Masters
Projects related to Feedback by Jets and Winds in Active Galaxies Black hole phenomena, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Masters and PhD
Radio spectra of galaxies undergoing feedback by relativistic jets Black hole phenomena, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours and Summer scholar course
Red spirals - how star formation fades in galaxies Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Masters and PhD
Semiconductor Guidestar Laser for Adaptive Optics Applications in Astronomy, Space Situational Awareness and Laser Communications Instrumentation Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
SkyMapper Transient Survey Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
The Age Distribution of Earth-like planets in the Universe Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
The Galactic Centre Gamma-Ray Excess: Signature of Dark Matter or Ancient Stars? Black hole phenomena, Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
The Initial Mass Function in the most extreme star-forming environments Stellar and planetary astronomy, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos PhD
The Kepler Extra-Galactic Survey - Supernovae, Black Holes, and Cosmology Stellar and planetary astronomy, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
The Kepler/K2 field: bridging stellar and Galactic astronomy Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
The Oldest Stars in the Universe Stellar and planetary astronomy Honours, Masters and PhD
The origin of metal rich globular clusters Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Honours and Masters
The Pyxis Space Interferometer Prototype Instrumentation, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
The Stromlo Milky Way Satellite Survey: Satellite galaxies as probe of structure formation in our cosmic backyard Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Honours, Masters and PhD
Thick disks in other spiral galaxies Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Masters and PhD
Three-dimensional image reconstruction of satellites Instrumentation Honours, PhD and Summer scholar course
Understanding the abundance spread in star clusters Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Masters and PhD
Understanding the gamma-ray emission from the Galactic Centre’s giant outflow Galactic archaeology Bachelor, Honours, Masters and Summer scholar course
Understanding the Milky Way’s giant radio lobes Black hole phenomena, Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
Using LEGO and 3D printing for optical instruments Instrumentation Honours and Summer scholar course
Using SN free host spectra to improve spectral classification Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Honours, Masters and Summer scholar course
Using THOR's Hammer to Measure the Temperature of the Milky Way Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
What type of planets might we measure with the Giant Magellan Telescope? Instrumentation, Stellar and planetary astronomy Honours and Masters