Many thanks to all of our speakers, we think we have a really diverse and interesting programme with something for everyone. Get your tickets for the main conference now in order to secure your place (and to ensure you get your preferred size of t-shirt). Don't forget about our tutorials too, which take place on the Friday beforehand; and also if you are coming from out of town, note that we're going to be having a busy weekend here in Windy Wellington with an All-Blacks game on the same weekend. So make sure you secure your accommodation and sort out any flights you need ASAP!
We're also really pleased to announce our second keynote speaker, Francesco Biscani, who will be making the long trek from Germany especially to join us. Francesco currently works at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy. He received his PhD from the University of Padua, Italy, designing and implementing a modern algebraic manipulation for celestial mechanics at the Interdepartmental Centre for Space Studies.
Francesco is part of the development team for AstroPy, an open-source Python library for astronomy, as well as being one of the creators of PyGMO (the Python Parallel Global Multiobjective Optimizer) for the European Space Agency, which is a scientific library for the parallelization of bio-inspired algorithms using multicore architecture.