About us

Find out more about the objectives and  research partnerships of the Centre for Radio Astronomy and Space Research at AUT.

Objectives of the research centre

  • Develop radio astronomy and its astrophysical and earth science applications in New Zealand
  • Collaborate with Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory (currently the Warkworth Space Centre) to help maintain and develop its two radio telescopes
  • Deliver high-quality research in astronomy, astrophysics, radio astronomy, astronomical instrumentation, and space research
  • Develop trans-Tasman, Asia-Oceania and global co-operation in radio astronomy and space sciences
  • Establish sustainable research collaborations with international observatories and world-leading space agencies
  • Contribute to international efforts for the design of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and contribute to the SKA science focus groups
  • Develop, support and teach astronomy, physics and maths courses at AUT

Partnerships and associations

Our researchers work with various research institutes and space agencies around the world. You can view the list of the organisations we collaborate with below.

  • GNS Science
  • LINZ
  • Other New Zealand universities:
    • University of Canterbury
    • University of Otago
    • Victoria University of Wellington
  • NASA
  • ESA
  • J AXA

In 2010, our telescopes became part of the world's great arrays of radio telescopes: LBA (Australasian), NEXPReSS (European), International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry – IVS (global)

  • JIVE (Netherlands)
  • Astro-Space Centre (Moscow)
  • CSIRO (Australia)
  • IBM
  • Curtin University
  • University of Western Australia

Kordia, one of the largest telecommunication companies in New Zealand, each year sponsors the Kordia Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Scholarship to support a postgraduate student undertaking SKA-related research.

Contact us


Professor Sergei Gulyaev
Email: sergei.gulyaev@aut.ac.nz

Deputy Director

Tim Natusch
Email: tim.natusch@aut.ac.nz