Harley Wood School of Astronomy

The Harley Wood School of Astronomy (HWSA) will be held from Thursday 4th - Sunday 7th July at the Moreton Bay Research Center at North Stradbroke Island.


Are you an astronomy postgraduate student spending WAY too much time optimising and debugging code? Want to improve your astronomical code’s efficiency by 10% but don’t have the tools or know-how? WELL, do we have a workshop for you!

This year’s Harley Wood School of Astronomy, held on the beautiful North Stradbroke Island, encompasses a D.I.Y approach to coding effective and efficient astronomical computer programs. By the end of it, you’ll be flogging your local High Performance Computer, creating and destroying the universe, in no time at all.

Throughout the workshop we’ve organised sessions aiding early career researchers and students in writing smarter, and more easily readable code in Python. Not only that, the workshop aims to increase your understanding in multi-processing and code parallelisation, increasing your codes efficiency and using your resources effectively.

Finishing up your PhD can be an overwhelming experience, especially trying to organise a life after it. Our panel sessions with industry, academic and outreach personalities who have already endure through that hardship will share their stories about life after a PhD. After our panel discussion about communicating science, both towards a public and scientific audience, you’ll be crafting up award-winning presentations and posters in no time at all!

Add your laptop and charger to your tool belt before arrival, otherwise you might look like a 🔧.


Just incase you haven’t enough fun and games whilst coding up your amazing programs, we have a wide variety of team-building activities planned throughout the workshop including a Trivia/board game night and a scavenger hunt around the venue. For you adventuring types, we have organised sand boarding, riding epic sand swirls in the island.

If you’re looking to zen, then that’s chill too. With beautiful beaches, and an awesome gelato place, you can relax with some spectacular views of the ocean whilst getting a nice sugar rush to keep you going.

We’ll also be running a telescope marathon, so pack your best joggers because you’ll be going on a journey through time and space!

Key Dates

Some Key dates of the meeting are:

General Information

For some general information about the venue, childcare facilities and getting to/from North Stradbroke Island click Information at the top of the page.

Organising Committees

Your organisers for the HWSA 2019 are:

The Scientific Organising Committee

The Local Organising Committee

Registration options | All dates & times are in AEDT; all costs include GST

Registration for this meeting has now closed.

Registration Cost Opens Closes
Harley Wood School for Astronomy $375.00 March 1, 2019, 6 a.m.June 30, 2019, 11:59 p.m.


Registration Opens | March 14, 2019, 5:49 p.m.

Registration for the ASA Annual Scientific Meeting and Harley Wood School for Astronomy has now opened. Early-bird registration closes 10th May. Late registration closes 30th June.

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Harley Wood School of Astronomy is proudly sponsored by the following organizations and companies:

We acknowledge support from the Hunstead gift for Astrophysics at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy.

We thank the School of Mathematics and Physics at The University of Queensland for their support.