SAVE THE DATES! Pack your Cossies!

Sunday 14th – Friday 19th July, 2019


‘Barefoot EoR’: Exploring the first billion years of the Universe

Six years on from ‘Reionization in the Red Centre’ we invite you to join us in Tropical North Queensland where we will convene international experts in simulations, theory and observations of the first billion years of the Universe in a beautiful Great Barrier Reef location.


The past few years have seen continued progress in our ability to observe and characterize the very early universe within the first one billion years of cosmic history before the end of cosmic reionization. The first generations of galaxies are being studied in unprecedented detail using large multi-wavelength datasets from the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra Space Telescopes, as well as 8-10 m-class ground-based telescopes. ALMA is probing galaxies from the reionization era at millimeter wavelengths, providing revolutionary insights into molecular gas, dust, and dynamics at high redshift. Early galaxy and quasar searches are being pushed into new territory with deep near-infrared surveys covering several square degrees. New advances in computation have led to a new generation of early universe simulations reaching unprecedented mass resolution over large volumes. Future capabilities (JWST; SKA precursors; etc), combined with current ground and space observatories, will greatly enhance our ability to explore the reionization epoch in even greater detail. The goal of this meeting is to bring together a wide community of observers and theorists to discuss both recent progress as well as future perspectives for galaxy studies within the first billion years and for cosmic reionization.

Among the key topics to be explored at this meeting are:

  • First Stars and First Galaxies
  • Cosmic Reionization of hydrogen
  • Galaxies and Quasars at z>6
  • Molecular Gas and Dusty Star Formation at High Redshift
  • Galaxy Evolution from z~10 to z~5
  • High Redshift Star Formation and Feedback
  • Implications for Galaxy Buildup at z<5
  • Spectroscopy of z>6 Sources


  • To see the venue, Fitzroy Island Resort — ‘Where the Rainforest Meets the Reef’ — please go to:
  • Registration and abstract submission will open in November.
  • Please pre-register on the conference here:

Key Dates

  • 16th August 2018: First announcement and pre-registration
  • 1st November 2018: Abstract submission opens
  • 23rd November 2018: Abstract submission closes
  • 11th February 2019: Program announced
  • 25th March 2019: Registration, accommodation and conference fee payment  deadline

Scientific Organising Committee

Stuart Wyithe (co-chair, University of Melbourne)

Cathryn Trott (co-chair, ICRAR/Curtin University)

Benedetta Ciardi (Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics)

Xiaohui Fan (University of Arizona)

Steve Finkelstein (University of Texas)

Leon Koopmans (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute)

Emma Ryan-Weber (Swinburne University)

Rachel Webster (University of Melbourne)

Local Organising Committee

Rachel Webster (UMelb)

Kim Dorrell (UMelb)

Michele Trenti (UMelb)

Christian Reichardt (UMelb)

Jack Line (ICRAR/Curtin University)

We look forward to seeing you next year.