Professor, University of New South Wales
New South Wales, Australia (Originally from the United Kingdom)
Prof Brough is leading Australia into a new astronomical survey of the southern sky. She is particularly interested in how the most massive galaxies in the Universe have evolved as these represent the most extreme result of galaxy formation. The new Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) will open up novel avenues of investigation across all astronomical research areas, including very faint signatures of galaxy formation.
Prof Brough joined UNSW’s School of Physics in January 2017. She represents Australia as the Australian Science Lead for Rubin and was the 2017-2019 Australian representative on the science advisory committee of the Giant Magellan Telescope, a next-generation telescope under construction in Chile. As the former chair of the Astronomical Society of Australia’s Inclusion Diversity and Equity in Astronomy Chapter, she is a keen advocate for diversity in science and was Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in UNSW’s Faculty of Science in 2020.