DAWN Cake Talks

Apply to give a talk at the weekly DAWN Cake Talks,
or nominate someone to give a talk, physically or online


DAWN Cake Talks are weekly talks focusing on DAWN's science, given at the Cosmic Dawn Center and/or online, and with a typical duration of 20 minutes + 10 mins questions, and, of course, are accompanied by cake for those attending in-person. The talks are planned one semester ahead.

If you are at DAWN and want to nominate someone else to speak, please fill out this form.

To apply to give a talk please fill out this form 


Please note that we are unable to guarantee a talk slot to everyone who submits an application. Talks will be selected to ensure a diverse range of topics relevant to DAWN.

Questions related to Cake Talks may be sent to caketalks.astroattic [at] gmail.com



Clicking a hyperlinked title will take you to a recording of the talk. For DAWNers, a link to a folder with all recorded talks can be found on the internal links page.

Date Speaker Title
26 Oct Joshiwa van Marrewijk XLSSC 122 caught in the act of growing up
12 Oct Cecilia Bacchini The volumetric star formation law
12 Oct Jens-Kristian Krogager An unbiased Gaia-selected quasar survey with the upcoming 4MOST spectrograph at the ESO-VISTA survey telescope
5 Oct Mireia Montes A new era of Intracluster Light studies with JWST
28 Sep Koki Kakiichi Mapping the Cosmic Web: Photometric IGM Tomography and Its Implications for Reionization
21 Sep Martin Rey From light to physics — Direct predictions of emission lines in galaxy formation simulations
17 Jul Hiddo Algera The dust properties of galaxies in the early Universe
6 Jul Aleksandra Hamanowicz METAL-Z – measuring dust depletion in the low metallicity environments
29 Jun Moire Prescott Lighting Up the Gas Reservoir Outside Galaxies
22 Jun Julian Muñoz What is JWST telling us about high-redshift galaxies and cosmology?
22 Jun Balu Sreedhar Simulations of the epoch of reionisation
15 Jun Jack Birkin KMOS and JWST IFU studies of z~1-4 dusty star-forming galaxies
25 May Maxime Trebitsch Studying the sources of reionisation with low-z galaxies
11 May Kiana Kade Understanding the environment and ISM of massive galaxies at high-z through emission line studies - the case of BRI0952-0115 and AzTEC-3
27 Apr Anand Utsav Kapoor TODDLERS: Time evolution of Observables including Dust Diagnostics and Line Emission from Regions containing young Stars
20 Apr Ryan Endsley New Insight from JWST on the Properties of Dwarf Reionization-Era Galaxies
23 Mar Yuxiang Qin Gotta Catch ’Em All! – modelling I 12 star-forming galaxies from JWST
30 Mar Matus Rybak Full of Orions? Dissecting dusty galaxies in the early Universe
16 Mar Jan Scholtz AGN Feedback in and around galaxies
09 Mar Zhihui Li Unveiling the Circumgalactic Medium of High-z Galaxies with Spatially-Resolved Lyα Radiative Transfer Modeling
09 Mar Luca Di Mascolo Tracing the inception of the cluster era
02 Mar Zhihui Li Unveiling the Circumgalactic Medium of High-z Galaxies with Spatially-Resolved Lyα Radiative Transfer Modeling
23 Feb Daisy Shearer Inclusive Pedagogy and curricula
16 Feb Caitlin Doughty Convergence of the simulated Lyman alpha forest at z>5
09 Feb Matilde Mingozzi A UV-toolkit of Interstellar Medium Diagnostics to Interpret the Galaxies in the Reionization Era
26 Jan Carlo Cannarozzo Charting the Back-in-Time Evolution of the Stellar Mass–Velocity Dispersion Relation for Early-Type Galaxies
24 Jan Anne Klitsch From academia to industry - The beginning of a journey
19 Jan Meriem Behiri Surfing long waves to discover dusty treasures on unexplored SHORES
12 Jan Ivan Kostyuk Ly continuum photon escape fractions during cosmic reionization in the TNG50 simulation

Date Speaker Title
15 Dec Kate Whitaker My personal journey as an academic mama: Lessons in not only surviving, but thriving
08 Dec Vicente Estrada-Carpenter Studying the Spatially Resolved Stellar Populations of High Redshift Galaxies using JWST NIRISSGrism Data
01 Dec Victoria Fawcett Why is colour special? Fundamental differences between red and blue quasars
24 Nov Kathryn Ross Balancing the Equation: Thriving vs Surviving as a Minority in STEM
22 Nov Thomas Reynolds Tidal disruption events
17 Nov Stephanie Ho Understanding the Galaxy Ecosystem: Gas Flow in The Circumgalactic Medium
10 Nov Carlos Gómez Guijarro Understanding the role of compact star formation in galaxy evolution
03 Nov Mitali Damle There is always more than meets the eye: The circumgalactic medium
27 Sep Fabian Walter On peer-review refereeing
22 Sep Marshall Perrin JWST: from First Photons to First Science
22 Sep Michele Ginolfi A swarm of galaxies revealed around a hot dust-obscured hyper-luminous galaxy
01 Sep Thomas Cleveland Constraints and Predictions on Alternatives to Dark Energy
01 Sep Ethan Garcia Unlocking Star Formation in Galactic Photometry
24 Aug Riley Tam Evidence for Inside-Out Growth in Galaxy Simulations
24 Aug Adele Probing CDM interactions in high-[latex]z[/latex] galaxy clustering with BUFFALO
23 Aug Gould The formation and quenching of the first massive galaxies
Jul 21 Chandra Shekhar Murmu Probing the High-Redshift Universe with Galaxy Line-Intensity Mapping
Jul 21 Anshuman Tripathi Extraction of HI 21cm signal from Low Frequency Radio Observations using ANN
Jun 30 Sam Cutler The Resolved Star-Formation Histories of [latex]z\sim 2[/latex] Galaxies
Jun 30 Ezra Huscher The Case of the Missing Carbon IV
Jun 16 Sarah Bodansky Surveying the Dust Masses of Star-Forming Galaxies with the LMT/TolTEC
Jun 16 Mahsa Kohandel Dynamically “cold” disks at the Epoch of Reionization
Jun 9 Søren Staal Analysing the morphology of high-z galaxies with FLARES and JWST
Jun 9 Chiara Circosta Looking for observational signatures of feedback from active galactic nuclei
Jun 2 Lucia Perez Constraints on the Epoch of Reionization with the Void Probability Function of Lyman-Alpha Emitters
May 26 Daniela Huppenkothen Rethinking Academic Hiring: Experiences from Three Years of Hiring for a Postdoctoral Fellowship
May 19 Unnikrishnan Sureshkumar Correlations between galaxy properties and environment in the cosmic structure
May 12 Patty Bolan The Who, What, and When of Reionization: Constraints on the Timeline and Sources
11 May Lise Christensen + Claudia Lagos Circumgalactic gas + the Shark semi-analytical model
May 5 Anna-Christina Eilers The Growth of Supermassive Black Holes
Apr 28 Sara Lucatello Unconscious bias in academia (and elsewhere): what is it, what does it do and what we can do about it
Apr 7 Joris Witstok Uncovering the physics of star formation in the Epoch of Reionization with [CII] 158 μm and [OIII] 88 μm
Mar 31 Frank Baaijens Female academics are too scarce. So their applications are going to the top of the pile
Mar 24 Taylor Hutchison Peering through the Cosmic Fog: What Powers the UV in Galaxies During Reionization?
Mar 17 Rahul Kannan First results from the THESAN project: Predictions for multi-tracer line intensity mapping in the Epoch of Reionization
Mar 10 Ben Keller Empirically-Motivated Feedback in Galaxy Evolution
Feb 17 Anne Hutter Astraeus: a framework to simulate early galaxies and reionization
Feb 3 Rohan Naidu Solving Reionization with Resolved Lyman-alpha
Jan 27 Leonard Burtsche Astronomy and the climate crisis
Jan 20 Adélaïde Claeyssens The Lensed Lyman-Alpha MUSE Arc Sample (LLAMAS) : UV and Lyman-alpha morphological properties of high redshift Lyman-alpha emitters
Jan 13 Enrico Garaldi A fierce new challenge: simultaneously understanding first galaxy formation, reionization and their connection

Date Speaker Title
28 Oct Aaron Wilkinson How do post-starburst galaxies occupy halos?
21 Oct Kasper Elm Heintz Measuring the HI gas mass of galaxies in the early Universe with gamma-bursts
12 Oct Martin Sparre Multiphase gas flows in the circumgalatic medium of galaxies
30 Sep Gabe Brammer Chronicle of a Death Foretold: A Predicted 20-year Time Delay for a Lensed Ia Supernova at z=1.95
16 Sep Arianna Long Missing Giants: The Impact of Dust-Obscuration on Stellar Mass Assembly Through Cosmic Time
9 Sep Alkistis Pourtsidou HI constraints from cross-correlations of intensity maps with optical galaxies
26 Aug Axel Widman Weighing the Galactic disk using phase-space spirals
19 Aug Julia Homa Groundtruthing Rotation Curve Models of Galaxies at z=2
19 Aug Michael Messere Searching for Starburst-Driven Ionized Gas Outflows at z~1.5 Main-Sequence Galaxies with KMOS
19 Aug Casey Carlisle Star Formation Histories of Galaxies in COSMOS2020
19 Aug Zoe Kearney Exploring high O[III]/C[II] line ratios in the early universe
19 Aug Hollis Akins ALMA reveals extended gas and dust emission around the z = 7.13 galaxy A1689-zD1
12 Aug John Directly probing the quasar accretion disc with multi-epoch photometry
5 Aug Charles Steinhardt The Power of Dimensionality Reduction
22 Jul Bryan Scott Astrophysics and Cosmology with Intensity Mapping
15 Jul Rebecca Larson Islands of Reionization - A Potential Ionized Bubble Powered by an Overdensity at z=8.7
1 Jul Sidney lower Improving Galaxy SED Modeling Techniques with Cosmological Simulations
24 Jun Seiji Fujimoto ALMA Lensing Cluster Survey: A Sub-kpc View of [CII] emission from a Sub-L* Galaxy in the epoch of reionization
24 Jun Thomas Greve Galaxy Clusters - Emergence and Prominence
17 Jun Francesca Rizzo High-resolution dynamical studies of star-forming galaxies across cosmic time
10 Jun Steven Gillman The Fundamental Properties of z=1-2 Star-Forming Galaxies
10 Jun Kate Gould Galaxy quenching: from local post-starbursts to the first dead giants at z~4
27 May Kevin Harrington PASSAGES: A Multi-J CO and [CI] line study of single dish observations of the lensed Planck selected starbursts at cosmic noon
20 May Maria Maistro Is most published research wrong?
15 Apr Sirio Belli Molecular gas in high-redshift quiescent galaxies
8 Apr Fabio Vito The furthest QSOs in the X-rays
18 Mar Tony Mroczkowski Towards an Atacama Large Aperture Submillimeter Array (AtLAST)
11 Mar Jorryt Matthee The X-SHOOTER Lyman-alpha survey at z=2
4 Mar Hannah Stacey 100-pc resolution of z~2 quasar host galaxies with ALMA: witnessing the formation of compact spheroids
25 Feb Vasily Kokorev The Evolving Interstellar Medium of Star-Forming Galaxies
11 Feb Sam Cutler Diagnosing DASH: A Morphological Catalog for the COSMOS-DASH Survey

Date Speaker Title
4 Feb Takahiro Morishita (G)old mining in high-redshift galaxies: Application of SED fitting in the era of JWST
14 Jan Lukas Furtak low-mass SMF from clusters
10 Dec Francesca Rizzo A strong gravitational lensing view on the dynamical properties of high-redshift dusty star-forming galaxies
3 Dec Gergo Popping TNG50 dust continuum sizes
26 Nov John Weaver COSMOS2020

Date Speaker Title
22 Aug Kate Gould Searching for strongly lensed quiescent galaxies at z>2 in the COSMOS and XMM-LSS fields
22 Aug Vince Estrada-Carpenter Stellar Population Properties of Massive Quiescent Galaxies Derived from Deep Hubble Space Telescope Grism Data
19 Jun Dennits Zaritsky The Circumgalactic Medium and the Galaxy Evolution Loophole
19 Jun Darshan Kakkad SUPER survey: Ionized outflows and their impact on host galaxies with near-infrared IFU observations