Galaxy Transformation
Across Space and Time

The 3rd Australia-ESO meeting
4-8 September, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra


Galaxies transform throughout their lifetimes as a result of internal processes, interactions with other galaxies, their environments, and the cosmic web. The interplay of these processes alter the distribution of properties used to characterise the galaxy population. Understanding the impact and relative importance of that interplay is critical to galaxy evolution as whole. With new capabilities enabling highly-resolved investigations of gas and stars in local galaxies, it is now possible to disentangle detailed star-formation and assembly histories for a wide variety of galaxy types. Simultaneously, surveys pushing resolved observations to earlier epochs are providing important constraints on the evolution and transformation of dynamics and chemical distributions. Together these approaches have the power to discern complex assembly histories over the last 7-10 Gyrs, when simulations suggest that dramatic morphological and kinematic evolution is expected to occur. However, the exact timing and nature of these transformations are debated. 

In this conference we aim to connect observations and simulations of galaxy transformations across cosmic time, with a particular focus on the following questions:

• How does environment shape the star-formation history of galaxies?
• How do we connect galaxy populations across epochs?
• What is the environmental impact on redistributing angular momentum?
• How do stellar and AGN feedback regulate the gas-star formation cycle at z~0?


Science Organising Committee

Barbara Catinella (ICRAR/UWA)

Michelle Cluver (Swinburne)

Mirko Curti (ESO)

Harald Kuntschner (ESO)

Trevor Mendel (co-chair, ANU)

Rhea-Silvia Remus (USM)

Edward Taylor (Swinburne)

Jesse van de Sande (Sydney)

Emily Wisnioski (co-chair, ANU)

Ling Zhu (Shanghai)

Local Organising Committee

Qianhui Chen

Tianmu Gao

Kathryn Grasha

Isaac Kanowski

Trevor Mendel

Eric Muller

Marcie Mun

Trevor Mendel

Maryse Papin

Hayden Park

Tony Travouillon

Emily Wisnioski


Code of Conduct

We are commited to making this meeting productive and enjoyable for everyone regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, nationality or religion. Harassment in any form will not be tolerated.

In all interactions, either virtual or in person, participants are expected to adhere to the Australian Astronomical Society and ASTRO 3D Codes of Conduct, which can be found here.

Invited Speakers

Caroline Bertemes (ARI)

Deanne Fisher (Swinburne)

Joel Leja (Penn State)

Danail Obreschkow (ICRAR/UWA)

Benedetta Vulcani (INAF)

Rhea-Silvia Remus (USM)

Charlotte Welker (City University of New York)

Ling Zhu (Shanghai)


Welcome to Country

  • Auntie Violet Sheridan

Welcome to ANU/Opening of Meeting

  • Brian Schmidt

Session 1 (chair: Scott Croom)

  • 9:40-10:05 - Charlotte Welker
      Spinning the web: understanding the cascade of angular momentum from large scales to galaxies through the circum-galactic medium
  • 10:05-10:25 - Stefania Barsanti
      Galaxy angular momentum within the cosmic web: the study of spin-filament alignments to unravel the evolution of galaxies and their components

Morning Tea

Session 2 (chair: Scott Croom)

  • 10:55-11:15 - Sushma Kurapati
      The HI angular momentum-mass relation
  • 11:15-11:35 - Kiyoaki Christopher Omori
      Galaxy Merger Identification in the HSC-SSP and Investigation of the Role of Mergers in Environment
  • 11:35-11:55 - Jie Li
      Spin of gas and dark matter within haloes after major mergers
  • 11:55-12:15 - Connor Bottrell
      mMini-mergers as key drivers of asymmetry and star formation


Session 3 (chair: Rebecca Davies)

  • 13:45-14:10 - Danail Obreschkow
      Interplay of galactic spin and atomic gas across cosmic time
  • 14:10-14:30 - Marcie Mun
      Unifying observations and theory: Investigating radial trends in star formation across cosmic time with the MAGPI survey
  • 14:30-14:50 - Scott Croom
      Connecting age, environment and mass to galaxy kinematics with SAMI - Identifying the drivers of morphological transitions
  • 14:50-15:10 - Kate Harborne
      The MAGPI Survey: A theoretical look at the evolution of galaxy shapes across the last 3-4 Gyr

Afternoon Tea

Session 4 (chair: Rebecca Davies)

  • 15:40-16:00 - Yifan Mai
      Drivers of gas turbulence in MAGPI and SAMI galaxies
  • 16:00-16:20 - Sabine Thater
      The non-gravitational contributions to velocity dispersion in MAGPI galaxies
  • 16:20-16:40 - Giulia Santucci
      Connecting the stellar orbital distributions of galaxies with their evolution history
  • 16:40-17:00 - Jesse van de Sande
      GECKOS: Turning galaxy evolution on its side with deep observations of edge-on galaxies

Session 5 (chair: Kate Harborne)

  • 9:00-9:25 - Ling Zhu
      Uncover galaxies’ assembly history through a novel population-orbit superposition method
  • 9:25-9:45 - Joss Bland-Hawthorn
      Gas-star formation cycle across cosmic time
  • 9:45-10:05 - Caro Derkenne
      Exploring the mass distribution and spin-ellipticity of MAGPI galaxies
  • 10:05-10:25 - Belén Alcalde Pampliega
      Zooming in on the first galaxies: a multi-wavelength perspective on their size

Morning Tea

Session 6 (chair: Kate Harborne)

  • 10:55-11:15 - Dian Triani
      The equivalent width of [OIII] optical lines in star-forming galaxies from a theoretical perspective
  • 11:15-11:35 - Benjamin Metha
      Revealing the chemical structure of galaxies in 2 dimensions with multiscale modelling
  • 11:35-11:55 - Zhuyun Zhuang
      New Dimensions in the Chemical Compositions of Galaxies with KCWI
  • 11:55-12:15 - Alma Sebastian
      The cosmic evolution of low ionisation absorbers using XQR-30


Session 7 (chair: Barbara Catinella)

  • 13:45-14:10 - Joel Leja
      The Big Unsolved Question: How Do We Connect Galaxies Across Cosmic Time?
  • 14:10-14:30 - Jordan D'Silva
      Interface of cosmic star formation and AGN activity over 13 billion years
  • 14:30-14:50 - Kate Rowlands
      Caught in the act: using post-starburst galaxies to chart galaxy transformation over cosmic time
  • 14:50-15:10 - Darren Croton
      Using the star-forming main sequence to explore quiescent galaxies across cosmic time

Afternoon Tea

Session 8 (chair: Barbara Catinella)

  • 15:40-16:00 - Elaine Sadler
      Connecting HI and star formation across cosmic time with ASKAP-FLASH
  • 16:00-16:20 - Abhisek Mohapatra
      Galaxies in H I emission and insights from the H I scaling relations
  • 16:20-16:40 - Yiqing Song
      Extreme sub-kpc star formation in local U/LIRGs
  • 16:40-17:00 - Rebecca Davies
      New insights into star-formation quenching from JWST neutral gas observations

Session 9 (chair: Luca Cortese)

  • 9:00-9:25 - Naomi McClure-Griffiths
      Looking forward: ESO - SKA connections
  • 9:25-9:45 - Richard McDermid
      Exploring galaxy evolution with MAVIS: An Australian-led facility instrument for the ESO Very Large Telescope
  • 9:45-10:05 - Tony Travouillon
      The Wide-Field Spectroscopic Telescope (WST)
  • 10:05-10:25 - Sarah Brough
      Vera C. Rubin Observatory's Legacy Survey of Space and Time

Morning Tea

Session 10 (chair: Luca Cortese)

  • 10:55-11:15 - Sarah Brough
      Measuring intracluster light in the LSST era
  • 11:15-11:35 - Alice Desmons
      Galaxy Tidal Features as a Tracer of Galaxy Evolution
  • 11:35-11:55 - Arianna Dolfi
      Lopsidedness as a tracer of early galactic assembly history
  • 11:55-12:15 - Poster highlight session

Boxed Lunches

Conference Dinner (National Museum of Australia)

Session 11 (chair: Sarah Brough)

  • 9:00-9:25 - Benedetta Vulcani
      The accelerated evolution of galaxies in dense environments
  • 9:25-9:45 - Edward Taylor
      Understanding the role of environment through overwhelming statistics
  • 9:45-10:05 - Seyoung Jeon
      Star Formation History and Transition Epoch of Cluster Galaxies Based on the Horizon-AGN Simulation
  • 10:05-10:25 - Gissel Pardo Montaguth
      Exploring the impact of the environment where CGs are located on the star formation of their galaxies

Morning Tea

Session 12 (chair: Sarah Brough)

  • 10:55-11:15 - Barbara Catinella
      Galaxy transformation in clusters: tracking cold gas stripping and quenching of satellites during infall
  • 11:15-11:35 - Jacob Crossett
      The infall and evolution of galaxies experiencing ram pressure stripping
  • 11:35-11:55 - Jenna Samuel
      Quenching and ram pressure in simulated Local Group galaxies
  • 11:55-12:15 - Luca Cortese
      Unveiling gas cycling in and out satellite galaxies with MAUVE


Session 13 (chair: Darren Croton)

  • 13:45-14:10 - Rhea-Silvia Remus
      Deciphering the impact of environment on galaxy properties from cosmological simulations
  • 14:10-14:30 - Ana Carolina Costa Lourenço
      Unraveling galaxy evolution in diverse environments
  • 14:30-14:50 - Lucas Kimmig
      Blowing out the Candle: formation and evolution of high-redshift massive quenched galaxies from the magneticum cosmological simulations
  • 14:50-15:10 - Stephanie O'Niel
      The transformation of galaxies in the cluster environment

Afternoon Tea

Session 14 (chair: Darren Croton)

  • 15:40-16:00 - Jinsu Rhee
      SF quenching and gas-stripping of galaxies in group halos
  • 16:00-16:20 - Akriti Singh
      Impact of environment on the quenching of Massive Quiescent Galaxies before cosmic noon
  • 16:20-16:40 - Kei Ito
      Discovery of a protocluster of quiescent galaxies at z=2.77 in the COSMOS field

Session 15 (chair: Jesse van de Sande)

  • 9:00-9:25 - Caroline Bertemes
      How feedback shapes galaxies at low redshift: Embracing a multi-phase, multi-scale, and non-static perspective
  • 9:25-9:45 - Giulia Tozzi
      Hidden active nuclei in MaNGA star-forming galaxies unveiled by HeIIλ4686 line emission
  • 9:45-10:05 - Matias Bravo
      A SHARK’s view of the galaxy-AGN-environment connection throughout cosmic time
  • 10:05-10:25 - Monserrat Martinez
      The role of AGN in regulating galaxy evolution in massive z~3-4 galaxies

Morning Tea

Session 16 (chair: Jesse van de Sande)

  • 10:55-11:15 - Deanne Fisher
      How feedback regulates star formation in galaxies
  • 11:15-11:35 - Bron Reichardt Chu
      Constraining star formation feedback with DUVET
  • 11:35-11:55 - Brent Groves
      The PHANGS view of Feedback
  • 11:55-12:15 - Magdalena Hamel Bravo
      Measuring metallicity in outflows


Session 17 (chair: Stefania Barsanti)

  • 13:45-14:05 - Hayden (Hye-Jin) Park
      The spatially resolved relation between dust abundance and metallicity with the TYPHOON and MAUVE survey
  • 14:05-14:25 - Ujjwal Krishnan
      New insights into the gas-star formation cycle: An ultraviolet outlook
  • 14:25-14:45 - Barbara Mazzilli Ciraulo
      Resolved multi-phase outflows in starbursting galaxies
  • 14:45-15:05 - Thomas Bohn
      Dual Outflows in NGC 3256: A JWST look at feedback in a late-stage merger
  • 15:05-15:25 - Marina Arnaudova
      Exploring Stephan’s Quintet: insights into the shock front with WEAVE’s first light and LOFAR
  • 15:25-15:40 - Meeting summary and wrap-up

Afternoon Tea

Venue & Travel

This meeting will take place in Canberra, Australia's national capital. There are numerous flights between Canberra and other major Australian cities (e.g. Sydney and Melbourne), as well as a bus service that provides regular transport between Sydney and Canberra (~3 hours).

Australian Academy of Science, Shine Dome

This meeting will be held in the national heritage listed Shine Dome, home of the National Academy of Science.


There are a range of hotel options available in downtown Canberra. This section will be updated shortly to include several suggestions.


Novotel Canberra

12 minute walk from venue


Peppers Gallery Hotel Canberra

4 minute walk from venue


Ovolo Nishi

5 minute walk from venue


QT Hotel Canberra

5 minute walk from venue


Quest Serviced Apartments

10 minute walk from venue


Talk submissions are now closed, however you can submit a poster abstract up until August 31 using this form.

Registration is now open! The registration fee is 470AUD, and includes lunch as well as morning and afternoon tea, as well as a boxed lunch on Wednesday. Registrations close August 4th

A conference dinner will be held at the National Museum of Australia on Wednesday evening. The cost for the conference dinner 80AUD and can be paid during registration.

To register, please follow this link

Contact Us

Any questions please contact us at: galtrans2023 at gmail dot com