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About Me

Swinburne astronomer Associate Professor Alan Duffy works on dark matter, dark energy, galaxy formation and cosmology as well as explaining science nationally as Lead Scientist of the Royal Institution of Australia, home of Australia's Science Channel. He is an experienced public speaker and science communicator on TV / radio and print.

Research Fellow and Associate Professor @ Swinburne University and Lead Scientist @ The Royal Institution of Australia home of Australia's Science Channel.

I'm a professional astrophysicist creating universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies form and to probe the nature of dark matter. I often then get to explain it to as wide an audience as possible on TV / radio or public events.

Currently I am at the Centre for Astrophysics and Computing at Swinburne University. Before then I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Melbourne, and a postdoctoral research associate with ICRAR at the University of Western Australia. Prior to all this antipodean fun I obtained my PhD from the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and spent a year or two as a postgraduate at the Sterrewacht, Leiden Observatory in The Netherlands.

I am a member of SABRE, the world's first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere, based at the bottom of a gold mine at SUPL (Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory) in Victoria, Australia.

As a member of two leading surveys on the next-generation Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope I create local universe simulations that can be used to test our galaxy formation and dark matter theories when compared with observations from the WALLABY and DINGO surveys.

You can explore my publications on ADS and Google Scholar or use the search function (magnifying glass top right) on this to see through my posts. Otherwise check out my overly thorough CV.

Professional Activities

2017 - now Lead ScientistThe Royal Institution of Australia home of Australia's Science Channel

2016 - now Executive Member; Science & Technology Australia (Peak national body for Science and Technology)

2015 – now Referee; Nature (Top research  journal in science)

09/15 – now MemberInternational Astronomical Union (Peak body for astronomy worldwide)

03/14 – 03/16 Committee Member; Women in Astronomy (Elected to national committee on improving diversity and the experience for all in astronomy)

2014 – now Time Allocation Committee Member; Australian Telescope National Facility (Assessing proposals for access to Australian radio telescopes)

2012 – now RefereeMonthly Notices for the Royal Astronomical Society and the Astrophysics Journal (Referee for leading international astronomy journals)

03/10 – 04/14 Committee MemberAustralian National Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (Twice elected to the national committee representing theoretical astrophysics)

02/10 – now Member; Astronomical Society of Australia (Peak national body for astronomy)