Programme

13 November
17:30 Registration desk open
18:30 Welcome reception drinks and snacks
Wednesday 14 November
Time Speaker Title
8:00-9:00 Registration and coffee
9:00-9:30 Welcome
9:30-9:50 Petri Vaisanen Future plans for SAAO: An Intelligent Observatory
9:50-10:10 Encarni Romero Colmenero An Update on SALT Status
10:10-10:30 Lerothodi Leeuw Oral Histories of Individuals Involved with Astronomy in South Africa: Advances with SALT
10:30-11:00 Tea
Transients/Time Domain
11:00-11:20 Paul Groot The MeerLICHT project as a SALT diamond mine
11:20-11:40 Patrick Woudt First results from MeerLICHT
11:40-12:00 David Buckley Status of the SALT Transients Programme
12:00-12:20 Elias Aydi SALT-an ultimate machine to observe classical novae
12:20-12:40 Marina Orio Following luminous novae into quiescence
12:40-13:40 Lunch
13:40-14:00 Elisabeth Newton Studying close-orbiting exoplanets with SALT
14:00-14:20 Mike Smith NIR update
Unconference
14:30-15:00 Unconference discussions Room 1: NIR (Chair: Mike Smith)

Room 2: How can SALT help you? (Chair: Christian Hettlage)

15:10-15:40 Unconference discussions Room 1: HRS-HS + exoplanets (Chair: Lisa Crause)

Room 2: Other topics

15:40-16:00 Tea
16:00-16:30 Unconference discussions Room 1: MaxE (Chair: Janus Brink / Ockert Strydom)

Room 2: Other topics

16:40-17:20 Unconference discussions Room 1: Transient strategy (Chair: David Buckley)

Room 2: Other topics

17:30-17:45 Chair TBD Discussion summary
Thursday 15 November
Time Speaker Title
Galactic
9:00-9:20 Mike Shara BH-BH Merger Progenitors: The Spins of O stars in Wolf-Rayet + O Binaries
9:20-9:40 Joanna Mikolajewska Highlights from ongoing SALT HRS monitoring of Magellanic symbiotic stars
9:40-10:00 Krystian Ilkiewicz Symbiotic stars in the Magellanic Clouds
10:00-10:20 Brent Miszalski SALT HRS discovery of the binary nucleus of the Etched Hourglass Nebula MyCn 18
10:20-10:40 Jack Hughes Constraints on Particle Acceleration from Optical Spectra of Fast Shocks in Supernova Remnants
10:40-11:10 Tea
Extragalactic
11:10-11:30 Matt Hilton SALT Science with Sunyaev-Zel’dovich Selected Galaxy Clusters
11:30-11:50 Julie Davis SALT-ed CHILES: Neutral and Ionized Gas Kinematics in the CHILES Survey
11:50-12:10 Moses Mogotsi Combining SALT Kinematics of SUNBIRD LIRGS with MUSE and ALMA
12:10-12:30 Sudhanshu Barway A SALT Spectral Study of S0s Hosting Pseudobulges
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-13:50 Rob Yates Probing the true evolution of the mass-metallicity relation with SALT
13:50-14:10 Raphael Hviding Understanding Galactic Scale Effects of AGN from Fabry Perot observations with SALT
Unconference
14:10-14:50 Unconference discussions Room 1: Science engagement (Chair: Daniel Cunnama)

Room 2: Other topics

14:50-115:30 Unconference discussions Room 1: Optimizing observations (Chair: Encarni Romero Colmenero)

Room 2: Other topics

15:30-15:50 Tea
15:50-16:20 Unconference discussions Room 1: PolSALT (Chair: Daniél Groenewald)

Room 2: MOS (Chair: Ros Skelton)

16:30-17:00 Unconference discussions Room 1: RSS Longslit reduction strategies (Chair: Brent Miszalski)

Room 2: Other topics

17:10-17:30 Chair TBD Discussion summary
19:00 Conference dinner
Friday 16 November
Time Speaker Title
AGN/High energy
9:00-9:20 Brian van Soelen Optical Light and Gamma-rays: Using SALT to understand very high energy sources
9:20-9:40 Hester Schutte Modelling the Spectral Energy Distribution and Polarisation of Blazars
9:40-10:00 Neeraj Gupta MALS-SALT: large survey to discover high-z quasars for MALS
10:00-10:20 Gitika Shukla Extended Lyman-Alpha Emission around high redshift radio loud quasars
10:20-10:40 Michael Hlabathe Reverberation Mapping of Active Galactic Nuclei
10:40-11:10 Tea
Galactic
11:10-11:30 Phil Charles X-ray Binary Transients with SALT
11:30-11:50 Itumeleng Monageng The orbital parameters of 1FGL J1018.6-5856
11:50-12:10 Naomi van Jaarsveld Searching for young radio pulsars located in new SMC SNR candidates
12:10-12:30 Stefano Ciroi SALT spectroscopic observations of supersoft Be binaries in the Magellanic Clouds
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-13:50 Piotr Guzik Early results from the first dedicated search for asteroid dust trails with SALTICAM
13:50-14:10 Brian Chaboyer RR Lyrae as Distance Indicators
14:10-14:30 Meridith Joyce The power of high resolution spectroscopy for mixing length calibrations in theoretical stellar evolution models
14:30-14:50 Christina Gilligan Testing Stellar Evolution Models in the Gaia Era
Summary
14:50-15:20 Moses Mogotsi and Lisa Crause Conference summary
Closure
15:20 Concluding remarks