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Tamara Davis: Dark Energy

13 August 2024
6.30pm – 7.30pm AEST
Roundhouse, UNSW Kensington


Tamara Davis | Sven Rogge

From the celestial ballet of exploding supernovae to the cosmic whispers of gravitational waves, acclaimed astrophysicist Tamara Davis’ journey through the cosmos promises to captivate and inspire. With over two decades dedicated to unravelling cosmic mysteries, Tamara Davis has played a pivotal role in monumental astronomical surveys, uncovering over half a billion galaxies and illuminating the enigmatic nature of dark energy. Her groundbreaking research has revealed that not only is the universe accelerating, but the very essence driving this expansion may be evolving over time.  

In an illuminating solo talk followed by an in conversation chaired by UNSW’s own Dean of Science Sven Rogge, Tamara Davis will shed light on the mysteries of the cosmos and the profound implications of her research which are impacting our understanding of the universe and our place within it. 

This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas, Australian Institute of Physics and UNSW Science as a part of National Science Week.


The Roundhouse is located at UNSW Sydney's Kensington Campus. Please note this is a live event only, and will not be available via livestream.






Wheelchair Access
The closest accessible drop off point to the Roundhouse is the north entrance via High Street, Gate 2, follow the road to Third Avenue and turn onto 1st Avenue West. More information on getting there can be found via our interactive accessibility map available here.

Assisted Listening
The Roundhouse has a hearing loop. Patrons wishing to utilise this need to simply switch their hearing aid to the T (Telecoil) setting to pick up on the wireless signal.

Auslan & Captioning
Auslan interpreting services and/or live captioning can be provided for selected talks upon request. 

To book and discuss access services, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email


The Roundhouse is easily accessible via public transport and the closest light rail stop is UNSW Anzac Parade (L3 line). The closest bus stop is UNSW Gate 2, High Street (348, 370). For more information, call the Transport infoline on 131 500 or visit

Free parking is available from 5.30pm in the Western Campus Car Park. For access to free parking, event patrons must park in the UNSW Permit Holder bays. The Western Campus Car Park is located here, on Anzac Parade next to NIDA. This car park can be accessed via Western Campus Drive through Day Avenue. 

Paid casual and visitor parking is offered via the CellOPark App and ‘pay by plate meters’ in all other UNSW car parks. For more information head here.



For all the other enquiries, please email or call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485.

The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9065 0485. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9065 0485. For more information on all other relay calls visit here.


Headshot of Tamara Davis

Tamara Davis

Professor Tamara Davis AM is an astrophysicist and recent ARC Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland with over two decades experience studying supernovae, black holes, and dark energy. She led the Dark Theme in the Australian Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics, is currently leading the Australian Dark Energy Survey (OzDES), and is the Deputy Director of the Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav). She is a Member the Order of Australia and her other accolades include the Astronomical Society of Australia’s Ellery Lectureship for career achievement and the Australian Academy of Science’s Millis medal for female scientific leadership. She is an avid communicator of science and occasional guest host of ABC TV’s Catalyst, including the episode “Black Hole Hunters” which won the American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award. When not doing science she loves playing sport – she’s competed at a representative level in seven sports, from surf lifesaving to gymnastics, and has captained Australia in Ultimate Frisbee. 

Headshot of Professor Sven Rogge

Sven Rogge

Scientia Professor Sven Rogge is Dean of Science at UNSW Sydney. His research interest is in condensed matter physics, and he works on quantum technologies in silicon. His research focuses on the development of quantum materials and devices, advancing quantum computing and information technologies. Before taking up the Dean role he was the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Head of the School of Physics at UNSW. He joined UNSW in 2011 from the Kavli Institute for Quantum Nano Science at Delft University and obtained his PhD from Stanford University. Professor Rogge is dedicated to fostering scientific innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration. 

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