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Professor Sarah Maddison

Adjunct Professor


I am an Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University of Technology and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education, Experience and Employability), leading the Education Strategy at Swinburne, and am also a professor of astrophysics.  My main area of research interest is planet formation, which I study both observationally and via computer simulations.

I lead the planets group in the Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing, and we are studying the evolution of dust in planet forming disks around young stars, as well as surveying the dust content of these disks in the solar neighbourhood. We use a range of numerical codes (N-body, hydro, thermodynamical, radiative transfer) and telescopes (Australia Telescope Compact Array, Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, Keck) to study the formation and evolution of protoplanetary disks and planet-disk interactions.  

I sit on a number of national & international committees, including the women in physics committee of the Australian Institute of Physics and the Square Kilometre Array 'Cradle of Life' Science Working group.  I am the founder and past chair of the women in astronomy chapter of the Astronomical Society of Australia and the International Astronomical Union working group for women in astronomy, and I am the Swinburne lead for the Science Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot, run by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

Research interests

Astronomy; Planet formation; Star formation; Extrasolar planets

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Stellar Astronomy And Planetary Systems - 510109

Teaching areas

Star and Planet Formation


  • 2014, National, NOVA award, Open Universities Australia
  • 2012, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award (Higher Education), Swinburne University of Technoogy
  • 2012, National, Office of Learning & Teaching Citation , Office of Learning & Teaching


Also published as: Maddison, Sarah; Maddison, S.; Maddison, S. T.; Maddison, Sarah T.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2012: The Nanten2 International Sub-Millimetre Telescope *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2011: The NANTEN2 Observatory sub-millimetre wave telescope *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme

* Chief Investigator