The 13th Annual General Meeting of Mount Burnett Observatory Inc.
MBO is an incorporated association and ACNC registered charity. As required by our rules, each year we hold a general meeting of members to elect a new committee, accept the financial statement of the prior year and set the membership fees for the coming year. It is important for the club to have as many members participate as possible. You can attend in person or via Zoom. If you cannot attend you can nominate another member to act as a proxy on your behalf. Proxies count towards meeting quorum and in any votes that take place. This year we have three committee members not seeking renomination (Heike Reich, Lucinda Lodge and Petra Klein). They have offered to act as impartial proxies for members not able to attend. Members can also nominate any other member attending to act on their behalf.
We ask all people attending or filing proxies to fill in the appropriate RSVP on this page. Please count everybody attending. This form will then form the basis of our record of attendance at the meeting.
Please find the meeting agenda here.
Special Guest Speaker Dr Jonah Gannon (Swinburne University)
So You Want to Look Up Professionally?
I think it is a given that many of the members of the Mt Burnett Observatory are interested in space but what if you choose to be more than interested and pursue a career in studying space? What does an astrophysicist actually do day to day? Why should a society spend millions of dollars funding astrophysics research? In this talk, I will give my perspective on these broader questions and what the benefits of a career in physics are along with what may be some of the downsides/considerations for those who wish to pursue one.
If you think of any questions in advance on this topic you’d specifically be interested in hearing about do feel free to email me at email@example.com and I will try to address them in the talk.
A little bit about Jonah
I’m an astrophysicist originally from Perth, Western Australia. I did my undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Western Australia and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research before moving to Melbourne for my PhD. I completed my PhD at Swinburne University of Technology in 2022 and am currently working there as a post-doctoral research fellow. Scientifically, my interests lie in studying the relationship between the formation of faint, dwarf galaxies to the extra “dark matter” that we measure them to have but cannot see. Unscientifically, my interests mostly lie with cricket, running and dogs.