22nd International Microlensing Conference Event as iCalendar

25 January 2018 - 28 January 2018

Venue: University of Auckland Business School, Owen G Glenn Building 388

Location: 12 Grafton Rd, Grafton, Auckland

Host: Department of Physics

Cost: $545

Contact info: Dr Nicholas Rattenbury

Contact email: n.rattenbury@auckland.ac.nz

Website: https://www.physics.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/international-microlensing-conference.html

image depicting microlensing


We invite the microlensing community to attend the 22nd International Microlensing Conference!

For a quarter of a century, gravitational microlensing has been used as a channel for astrophysical discovery.

Microlensing is:

  • increasing our knowledge of stellar populations in the Milky Way and other galaxies,
  • constraining the frequency and mass function of compact objects, including black holes, white dwarfs, and brown dwarfs,
  • probing the structure of the inner Galaxy and the properties of the stellar population that resides there,
  • discovering Earth-mass exoplanets from the outer habitable zone out to beyond the snow line,
  • becoming a part of space-based observation programmes which are building a map of the planetary abundance in our Galaxy, including an exploration of the frequency and mass function of free-floating planets.

Our community has grown, but will need to grow further to meet the challenges put in front of us by new and existing ground and space-based observatories. 

Our theme for this meeting is loosely centered on how to prepare for the coming decade of microlensing observations and the data they will bring.

Our keynote speakers include:

  • Dr Angie Wolfgang, NSF Fellow, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Penn State University
  • Professor Gail Zasowski, Physics and Astronomy, University of Utah
  • Professor Christoph Baranec, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii
  • Dr Ian Griffin, Director, Otago Museum
  • Przemek Mróz, Astronomical Observatory, University of Warsaw
  • Dr Sanjib Sharma, Sydney Institute of Astronomy, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Michael Albrow , Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury
  • Professor Kathy Campbell, School of Environment, University of Auckland