Speakers Profile - Dr Alan Duffy

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Dr Duffy is a Research Fellow at Swinburne University with a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Manchester, creating baby universes on the nationís most powerful supercomputers to understand how galaxies like our own Milky Way form and explore the nature of the hidden universe, dark matter and dark energy.

As well as accessing the nationís top supercomputers he is also surveying millions of galaxies as team member of two top-rated surveys on the $400m prototype for the largest telescope in the world, the Square Kilometre Array. He is Co-Investigator in the $3.5m search for the invisible side of our universe, in the worldís first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere based in a gold mine in Stawell, Victoria. As a member of the ATNF Time Allocation Committee he decides how Australiaís telescopes are used, allocating $3m of time each semester.

Alan has a fortnightly space segment on the ABC Breakfast News and regular appearances on Tenís The Project as well as interviews on TripleJ radio and commercial radio.

He has given public talks in the Sydney Opera House for TEDx Sydney and opened to 5000 at Neil DeGrasse Tysonís Melbourne tour. He wrote and starred in a science show about dark matter, Dark, shown in 148 planetariums in 25 countries worldwide.

He was named Menís Style Magazineís Men of Influence and Sunday Time Magazineís Best and Brightest as well as State Finalist in the Fresh Science Award for science communication and recently Commbankís Australian of the Day.

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