ACAMAR Visiting Fellowship

Success Stories

Professor Di Li, Chief Scientist of the Radio Division at Chinese Academy of Sciences, recently visited Australia for a month as part of the ACAMAR Visiting Fellowship program. During his time in Australia, Professor Li visited The University of Sydney, CSIRO Mansfield, and The University of Tasmania.

When asked about his experiences, Professor Li commented that there were many positive outcomes as a result of his visit, one of which took the form of a paper recently published by the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. See the online version here.

The paper is titled, The M31/M33 tidal interaction: A hydrodynamic simulation of the extended gas distribution, and was co-authored by Joss Bland-Hawthorn and Thor Tepper-Garcia from The University of Sydney. Professor Li stated that one of his greatest motivations for applying for the Visiting Fellowship was the opportunity to work with galaxy experts who are doing simulations in his field of study at University of Sydney.

Unfortunately, while Professor Li was not able to make his scheduled trip across to Perth (due to an emergency meeting he needed to attend in Beijing), his other visits to CSIRO Mansfield and The University of Tasmania were also extremely positive. While in Tasmania, Professor Li collaborated with Professor John Dickey, assisting Professor Dickey and his team with the design of a small-sized antenna they have recently received a grant to build on site at the university. At CSIRO Mansfield, Professor Li also collaborated with the Pulsar Group that included George Hobbs and Dick Manchester.

All in all, Professor Li believes that the experiences he has while in Australia were very valuable and would encourage others to take advantage of ACAMAR’s Visiting Fellowship program.


“My ACAMAR experience was very positive…having an extended period of time to visit these institutions and work with colleagues in my field of study was very useful, rather than attempting to fit all this in while visiting for conferences.”

AAL would like to thank Professor Li for his time in speaking to AAL for the purposes of this story. 

Image to left: Professor Di Li. Original source: Science and Technology Daily Tang Ting.

Successful Applicants

The ACAMAR advisory committee recently approved five successful visiting fellowship applicants to make extended visits to Australia and enhance collaborations on areas of common interest within astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. 

The successful applicants are as follows:

  • Professor Tao An – Head of the SKA group, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (SHAO). Member of the SKA Regional Centre Steering Committee. Professor An’s research area is the SKA and the host organisation will be ICRAR/UWA.
  • Professor Di Li – Chief Scientist, Radio Division, National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC). Professor Li’s research area is Radio/SKA and the host organisations will be ICRAR/UWA and CSIRO. See here for the news story on Professor Li’s visit to Australia.
  • Dr Jing Wang – Researcher, Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Peking University. Dr Wang’s research area is the SKA and the host organisation will be ICRAR/UWA.
  • Professor Xuelei Chen – National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC). Professor Chen’s research area is Radio/SKA and the host organisations will be ICRAR/UWA and ICRAR/Curtin.
  • Dr Zheng Zheng – Associate Researcher, National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC). Dr Zheng’s research area is the SKA and the host organisations will be CSIRO and ICRAR/UWA.

The general aims of the ACAMAR Visiting Fellowship are:

  • To enhance scientific collaborations in astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology between Australia and China.
  • To maximise the scientific return on investment in astronomy infrastructure.
  • To explore opportunities for future projects and grant collaborations.

Enquiries

Any enquiries regarding ACAMAR Visiting Fellowship should be directed to: Dr Robert Shen, Secretariat, ACAMAR. robert.shen@astronomyaustralia.org.au, +61 3 9214 5520;


Acknowledgement

ACAMAR would like to acknowledge the financial support from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, ICRAR and CSIRO.