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Australian Human Resources Institute Diversity Awards 2013 Finalist

Carlos Gonzalez (Universidad de Alicante)

"Red Supergiants in the Inner Milky Way: Tell-tales of Galactic Structure"

Abstract. Over the last few years, several young massive clusters, visible mainly through their red supergiant population, have been discovered over a narrow area in the base of the Scutum-Crux arm, conforming one of the more active stellar formation areas in the Milky Way. In this talk I will review these studies, along with the first results from the VVV survey and the survey we are carrying out with AAOmega-2dF to hunt for these elusive stars to draw an updated picture of the inner structure of our Galaxy.

Held in the AAO Conference Room at 11:00 AM on Thursday, 12 July 2012