Associate Professor Duffy is an astrophysicist at Swinburne University creating baby universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies like our Milky Way form and grow within vast halos of invisible dark matter.
He is attempting to find this dark matter as part of SABRE, the world’s first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere at the bottom of a gold mine in Stawell, Victoria.
He is also an Associate Investigator in two ARC Centres of Excellence investigating the origin of matter (CAASTRO-3D) and seeing the Universe with gravitational waves (OzGrav).
When not exploring simulated universes Alan lectures in physics as well as science communication at Swinburne University of Technology.
Every fortnight Alan tries to explain breaking science from UFO sightings to the latest NASA discoveries on his space segment with ABC Breakfast News TV, ABC Radio Sydney with Robbie Buck and ABC Radio Melbourne with Clare Bowditch. He is also a regular on Ten’s The Project, Nine’s Today Weekends as well as TripleJ’s Hack show.
You can hear Alan in his new ABC Radio National Cosmic Vertigo, see him the in the latest Todd Samson science show Life on the Line or catch him at any number of public speaking events. Everything from the Sydney Opera House with TEDx Sydney, to opening in front of 5000 Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s fans. He’s even toured Australia with the BBC’s Science of Doctor Who show.
He was the Ambassador for the Sydney Science Festival 2016, and host for Famelab showcasing science talent across Australia.
He wrote and starred in a science show about dark matter, Dark, shown in 148 planetariums in 25 countries worldwide.
His other writing pursuits include his own column in The Conversation and Australia’s most popular science magazine Cosmos.
He was named one of Men’s Style Magazine’s Men of Influence, WA Sunday Time Magazine’s Best and Brightest as well as a finalist for the National Eureka Award for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research, Victorian State Finalist in the Fresh Science Award for science communication and recently Commbank’s Australian of the Day.
In his spare time, you can find Alan speaking around the country at various conferences and corporate events.
He is in high demand for his simple explanations of complex scientific theories.