In Australia, the ATCA now provides a 5-element interferometer at 3mm and a 6-element interferometer at 12mm, with a 7mm system under development. The Mopra telescope provides a wide-band correlator (8 GHz) and on-the-fly mapping. In Chile the NANTEN2, APEX and ASTE telescopes are all under development on the Atacama plateau, and have taken their first data. Construction of ALMA has started. In Antarctica, the South Pole Telescope is under construction, and plans for first-generation terahertz facilities (e.g. HEAT) are well developed. It is timely to bring together participants from these projects to describe their progress and results, and discuss their future plans. In particular, to facilitate linkages between the facilities, to the mutual benefit of the science they undertake.
This will be a focused workshop where, in addition to facilitating linkages between the facilities and their participants, we are also aiming to complete a Millimetre Astronomy White Paper that discusses the future use of Australia's facilities and their role in the era of the full commissioning of the Chilean single-dish facilities and the emergence of ALMA. We invite international contributions to the science program of our facilities, particularly where they will play a complementary role to those operating at higher frequencies.
The meeting will be held at the Sydney Harbour Institute for Marine Science at Chowder Bay. Chowder Bay is a maritime village overlooking Sydney Harbour and close to Mosman and Taronga Zoo. Note that the welcome reception on the 29th is held at the ATNF, which is in a different part of Sydney: see "Welcome Reception" below.
Getting there by car/taxi: The venue lies at the end of Chowder Bay Rd, which is off Middle Head Rd. The main access road is the Metroad 10, which connects North Sydney to the Northern Beaches. From there you should turn onto Military Rd-as if going to Taronga Zoo-then head left onto Middle Head Rd as you pass the Mosman town centre. A street map of the vicinity and a larger scale map are available, with the shortest route from Neutral Bay marked. Note that if you miss the Belmont Rd turn-off (shortly after the Cremorne Orpheum theatre, which you'll pass on your left) you can still turn right at Military Rd. Also note that the "END" point marked on the maps is not at the conference site; the conference site is actually the grey square near the end of Chowder Bay Rd. Parking is available on Chowder Bay Rd. Taxis should drop off at the roundabout at the end of the road.
Getting there by public transport: If travelling by public transport, please download this map of the venue. The conference site is near the "T" shaped pier at the end of Chowder Bay Rd. We recommend taking Bus 244 from the city (Carrington St, Wynyard) or Neutral Bay to the Balmoral Naval Depot. Please download the bus timetable and map, and note that the bus is not frequent. From the bus terminus it is a 20-30 min walk along Chowder Bay Rd to the Chowder Bay maritime village. You may be able to hitch a ride from other astronomers as you walk down the road.
The conference hall: Talks will take place in Building 23 (Training Building). Signs will direct you here from the roundabout at the end of Chowder Bay Rd. Please refer to this walking map of the site.
The Chowder Bay Maritime Village is on the shore of a beautiful swimming beach and hosts the Plunge Diving Shop (where snorkel hire is available) and the Bacino Kiosk (where great coffee is available). Some photos of the venue are shown below; additional photos can be found here.
Registration is now closed. The registration fee is AUS$100 and
covers lunch and refreshments on both days plus a welcome reception on
the evening of 29 March 2006. The registration fee is to be paid
in person at the welcome reception or the beginning of the
workshop. Payment is to be made in cash (Australian Dollars only) or
by credit card (MasterCard or Visa only). Cash payment is
preferred. For those attending the Workshop Dinner, an extra
$100 will be charged. One receipt for registration which
includes all charges will be provided.
Current list of registered attendees
Welcome Reception - Wednesday 29 March 2006, 1700
Workshop Sessions - Thursday and Friday 30-31 March 2006, 0915-1730
Workshop Dinner - Thursday 30 March 2006, 1830
|MGSM Executive Hotel||Approx. $135/night. Hotel website; Wotif.com entry.|
|Travelodge Macquarie||Approx. $135/night. Hotel brochure; Online booking website; Wotif.com entry.|
|Dunmore Lang College||Approx. $80/night. Hotel website; Wotif.com entry.|
|Public Transport||To reach the ATNF, take bus 288 or 290 from Macquarie Shopping Centre bound for Epping; get off at Vimiera Rd and turn left, walking down to the Pembroke Rd intersection where the CSIRO campus is located.|
The organising committee cannot book accommodation but will help if there are problems. Please confirm all room rates when booking. If you require transportation from one of these hotels to the meeting and have not yet been contacted, please e-mail Tony Wong immediately.
All participants are welcome to arrive earlier and take the opportunity to speak with staff at ATNF and use the visitor computer facilities. Participants are also invited to an ATNF colloquium by Dr Karl Menten starting at 15:30. More information about the colloquium is available at: http://www.atnf.csiro.au/whats_on/
Information for visitors to ATNF Headquarters in Marsfield can be found at: http://www.atnf.csiro.au/observers/visit/guide_epping.html
The dinner will be held on the evening of 30 March 2006 at Aqua
Cnr Paul+Northcliff Streets, Milsons Point, Sydney. The cost will be
$100 per person and includes a 2-course meal with beverages (including
a couple glasses of wine). Casual attire (but not too casual!)
Payment is to be made upon registering for the workshop. One receipt for the Registration Fee may be issued that includes the Workshop Dinner.
Directions from the conference venue to the dinner venue can be found in this PDF document (578k). Note that the minibus referred to in this document is mainly for out-of-town guests staying near the ATNF, but a second trip may be possible.
Michael Burton (UNSW)
Kate Brooks (ATNF)
Tony Wong (UNSW & ATNF)
Kate Brooks (ATNF)
Michael Burton (UNSW)
Maria Cunningham (UNSW)
Erik Muller (ATNF)
Jürgen Ott (ATNF)
Andrew Walsh (UNSW)
Tony Wong (UNSW & ATNF)
Jon Everett (UNSW)
To contact the LOC or if you have a general enquiry then please email:
mmworkshop2006-loc @ csiro.au