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Australian Human Resources Institute Diversity Awards 2013 Finalist

Joerg Fischera, ANU ()

"Why you should care about dust!"

Abstract. Although only a small fraction of the total mass (less than 1%) of the interstellar medium is condensed in grains, dust will play a tremendous role in various modern astrophysical disciplines for the next decade. Several important effects arise from the ability of interstellar dust to attenuate light through dust absorption and scattering and to reprocess the absorbed emission to infrared radiation. In the talk I will highlight some essential problems for observational astrophysics and will discuss possible solutions based on ourcurrent understanding of the physical properties of interstellar grains.

Held in the AAO Conference room at 03:30 PM on Thursday, 18 November 2010