29 December 2018: Richard was invited to give a schools lecture to some 200 pupils at Nanchong Senior High School in Sichuan -- and the press covered it: "Language Culture Series Lecture" highlight at Nanchong High School; 2, 3, 4, 5

19 December 2018: Communication Satellite Allows China To Beat Apollo Mission By Probing Far Side Of Moon: Sputnik interview with Richard de Grijs about China's latest exploratory mission of the solar system; 2, 3

December 2018: Blue straggler stars beyond the Milky Way. IV. Radial distributions and dynamical implications, Li C., Sun W., Hong J., Deng L., de Grijs R., Sills A., 2019, ApJ, accepted for publication; arXiv:1812.07154

December 2018: Influence of Wolf--Rayet Stars on Galactic Star Formation, Baug T., de Grijs R., Dewangan L.K., Herczeg G.J., Ojha D.K., Wang K., Deng L., Bhatt B.C., 2019, ApJ, submitted for publication

December 2018: An intuitive 3D map of the Galactic warp's precession traced by classical Cepheids, Chen X., Wang S., Deng L., de Grijs R., Liu C., Tian H., 2019, Nat. Astron., accepted for publication!

November 2018: The VMC Survey. XXXIII. The Tip of the Red Giant Branch in the Magellanic Clouds, Groenewegen M.A.T., Cioni M.-R.L., Girardi L., de Grijs R., Ivanov V.D., Marconi M., Muraveva T., Ripepi V., van Loon J.T., 2019, A&A, accepted for publication; arXiv:1812.02581

November 2018: Blue straggler populations beyond the Milky Way, de Grijs R., Sun W., Li C., Deng L., 2018, Commun. Byurakan Astrophys. Obs., 65, in press (Proc. Instability Phenomena and Evolution of the Universe, Byurakan Astrophys. Obs., September 2018); arXiv:1811.09302

November 2018: The double blue straggler sequence in NGC 2173: a field contamination artefact?, Li C., Deng L., de Grijs R., Jiang D., Xin Y., 2018, Res. Notes AAS, 2, 215; expanded version

9 November 2018: Richard was confirmed as one of 10 Australian Principal Investigators of the upcoming Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project!

7 November 2018: IAU astroEDU: One of The World's Most Inspiring Education Innovations: I'm proud to be an active board member and assessor of this prize-winning education initiative! Full list of HundrED 2019 inspiring innovations

November 2018: AstroTalk: Behind the news headlines of September--October 2018 (Stellar motions reveal unexpected Milky Way history and more), de Grijs R., The Amateur Astronomer, January 2019, in press (in Chinese; English version)

30 October 2018: "Jilin University--Macquarie University exchange day" was held successfully at Jilin University; 2, 3

23 October 2018: Richard was interviewed for the Physics World 30th anniversary podcast series -- particle physics

22 October 2018: We visited the Harbin Institute of Technology at Weihai with a high-level delegation from Macquarie University

October 2018: Massive star cluster formation and evolution in tidal dwarf galaxies, Fensch J., Duc P.-A., Boquien M., Elmegreen D.M., Elmegreen B.G., Bournaud F., Brinks E., de Grijs R., Lelli F., Renaud F., Weilbacher P.M., 2019, A&A, submitted for publication

4--5 October 2018: Richard was an invited keynote speaker at the Open Forum 2018 of the Sri Lanka Academy of Young Scientists

October 2018: The VMC Survey. XXXII. Pre-main sequence populations in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Zivkov V., Oliveira J.M., Petr-Gotzens M.G., Cioni M.-R.L., Rubele S., van Loon J.T., Bekki K., Cusano F., de Grijs R., Ivanov V., Marconi M., Niederhofer F., Ripepi V., Sun N.C., 2018, A&A, 620, A143; arXiv:1810.03917

17 September 2018: Interview with Armenia News TV1 in relation to the conference in honour of the 110th anniversary of Viktor Ambartsumian at Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (Armenia); YouTube version

September 2018: We are advertising for a new PhD position jointly at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam (Germany) and at Macquarie University; deadline: 1 November 2018

September 2018: (i) My Chinese experience, de Grijs R., 2018, Physics World, Careers highlight (and feature article in the magazine's 2018 China Special); (ii) An Astronomer's Encounter with Beijing, interview by Ling Xin: Bulletin of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (BCAS), 32(2), pp. 93--97 (2018)

August 2018: Structure and kinematics of Type II Cepheids in the Galactic bulge based on near-infrared VVV data, Braga V.F., Bhardwaj A., Contreras Ramos R., Minniti D., Bono G., de Grijs R., Minniti J.H., Rejkuba M., 2018, A&A, 619, A51; arXiv:1808.10838

21 August 2018: Forge successful, productive careers, interview with The Statesman (India)

14 August 2018: Top tips for building and maintaining international collaborations, Nature careers feature

14 August 2018: Hey, thanks for making me a scientist, This Week at Macquarie

10 August 2018: Today is an important day: We filed our application for Australian permanent residency through the employer-sponsored route!

2 August 2018: Australia Is Betting High On Engineers, interview with Business World India

2 August 2018: Benefits of space research trickle down into our everyday lives, interview with the Press Trust of India; 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

31 July 2018: Australia Is A Safe, Inclusive Country For Indian Students: Official, interview with NDTV India

30 July 2018: Richard formally witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for student and staff exchange, workshops and joint research with the IIT Delhi today (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9): looking forward to strengthening our engagement! photos

27 July 2018: Read about tomorrow morning's total lunar eclipse in my bite-sized explanation for The Lighthouse.

July 2018: An internally consistent distance framework in the Local Group, de Grijs R., Bono G., 2018, in: Stellar Populations and the Distance Scale, eds Jensen J., Rich R.M., & de Grijs R., Peking University (China), September 2017, Astron. Soc. Pac. Conf. Ser., 514, p. 103; arXiv:1711.03228

July 2018: Blue straggler stars beyond the Milky Way. III. A survey of evolved blue straggler stars in clusters of the Magellanic Clouds, Li C., Deng L., Bekki K., Hong J., de Grijs R., For B.-Q., 2018, AJ, 156, 110; arXiv:1807.07679

July 2018: Isaac Thuret: celebrated craftsman denied intellectual credit, de Grijs R., 2018: my submission to the HOPOS "invisible technician" competition (no longer active); arXiv:1807.03489

July 2018: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) Catalog of Periodic Variable Stars, Chen X.D., Wang S., Deng L., de Grijs R., Yang M., 2018, ApJS, 237, 28; arXiv:1807.03448; full data set; AAS NOVA digest

July 2018: AstroTalk: Behind the news headlines of April--June 2018 (Gaia's second data release: a genuine treasure trove for star hunters), de Grijs R., The Amateur Astronomer, September 2018, p. 26 (in Chinese; English version)

June 2018: I am pleased to have been elected as Vice President of the International Astronomical Union's Division C (Education, Outreach and Heritage) for the period 2018--2021: announcement

June 2018: Blue straggler stars beyond the Milky Way. II. A binary origin for blue straggler stars in Magellanic Cloud clusters, Sun W., Li C., de Grijs R., Deng L., 2018, ApJ, 862, 133; arXiv:1806.04805

May 2018: Nuclear starburst activity induced by elongated bulges in spiral galaxies, Kim E., Kim S.S., Choi Y.-Y., Lee G.-H., de Grijs R., Lee M.G., Wang H.S., 2018, MNRAS, 479, 562; arXiv:1806.04353

29 May 2018: A happy and proud day today: two of my PhD students at Peking University successfully defended their theses -- Ma Chao: Star clusters and their host galaxy nuclear rings and Sun Ningchen: Hierarchical star formation in the Magellanic Clouds; photo

May 2018: My first official outbound delegation for engagement with Thai universities went really well: see 1, 2, 3 and 4

23 May 2018: Today I received my Australian Federal Police clearance, so now I am officially a volunteer with the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour/Pyrmont Bay, Sydney. You'll find me at the museum one day a weekend for 2 out of 3 weekends when I am in town!

May 2018: The MALATANG Survey: II. The LGAS -- LIR Correlation on Sub-Kiloparsec Scale in Six Nearby Star-Forming Galaxies as Traced by HCN J = 4--3 and HCO+ J = 4--3, Tan Q.-H., Gao Y., Zhang Z.-Y., Greve T.R., Jiang X.-J., Wilson C.D., Yang C.-T., Bemis A., Chung A., Matsushita S., Shi Y., Ao Y.-P., Brinks E., Davis T.A., de Grijs R., Ho L.C., Imanishi M., Kohno K., Lee B., Parsons H., Rawlings M.G., Rigopoulou D., Rosolowsky E., Bulger J., Chen H., Chapman S.C., Eden D., Gear W.K., Gu Q.-S., He J.-H., Jiao Q., Liu D.-Z., Liu L.-J., Li X.-H., Michalowski M.J., Nguyen-Luong Q., Qiu J.-J., Smith M.W.L., Violino G., Wang J.-F., Wang J.-Z., Yeh S., Zhao Y.-H., Zhu M., 2018, ApJ, 860, 165; arXiv:1805.05619

May 2018: The VMC survey. XXXI. The spatially resolved star formation history of the main body of the Small Magellanic Cloud, Rubele S., Pastorelli G., Girardi L., Cioni M.-R.L., Zaggia S., Marigo P., Bekki K., Bressan A., Clementini G., de Grijs R., Emerson J., Groenewegen M.A.T., Ivanov V.D., Muraveva T., Nanni A., Oliveira J., Ripepi V., Sun N.-C., van Loon J.T., 2018, MNRAS, 478, 5017; arXiv:1805.04516

3 May 2018: Burst of newborns in young star cluster puzzles astronomers, Macquarie University news release about our recent article in The Astrophysical Journal; NAOC release; China West Normal University release; YNAO release

April 2018: The VMC Survey. XXX. Stellar proper motions in the central parts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, Niederhofer F., Cioni M.-R.L., Rubele S., Schmidt T., Bekki K., de Grijs R., Emerson J., Ivanov V.D., Marconi M., Oliveira J.M., Petr-Gotzens M.G., Ripepi V., van Loon J.T., Zaggia S., 2018, A&A Letters, 613, L8; arXiv:1804.04689

April 2018: Book review: Bloody Saturday: Shanghai's Darkest Day (Paul French; Penguin Shorts, 2018), de Grijs R., New Orleans Review, web feature

April 2018: An extremely low mid-infrared extinction law toward the Galactic Center and 4% distance precision to 55 classical Cepheids, Chen X.D., Wang S., Deng L., de Grijs R., 2018, ApJ, 859, 137; arXiv:1804.06807

April 2018: Optical--Mid-Infrared Period--Luminosity Relations for W UMa-type Contact Binaries Based on Gaia DR 1: 8% Distance Accuracy, Chen X., Deng L., de Grijs R., Wang S., Feng Y., 2018, ApJ, 859, 140; arXiv:1804.04801

April 2018: Impact of distance determinations on Galactic structure. I. Young and intermediate-age tracers, Matsunaga N., Bono G., Chen X.D., de Grijs R., Inno L., Nishiyama S., 2018, Space Sci. Rev., 214, 74; arXiv:1804.04931

April 2018: New insights into the formation of the blue main sequence in NGC 1850, Yang Y., Li C., Deng L., de Grijs R., Milone A.P., 2018, ApJ, 859, 98; arXiv:1804.03948

April 2018: The VMC Survey. XXIX. Turbulence-controlled Hierarchical Star Formation in the Small Magellanic Cloud, Sun N.-C., de Grijs R., Cioni M.-R.L., Subramanian S., van Loon J.T., Bekki K., Bell C.P.M., Ivanov V.D., Marconi M., Muraveva T., Oliveira J.M., Ripepi V., Rubele S., 2018, ApJ, 858, 31; arXiv:1804.01652

March 2018: AstroTalk: Behind the news headlines of March 2018 (Standard sirens: listening to gravitational waves), de Grijs R., The Amateur Astronomer, May 2018, p. 19 (in Chinese; English version)

23 March 2018: Richard was quoted in an article in Nature Index entitled China's science ministry gets power to attract more foreign scientists

20 March 2018: Some of Richard's thoughts on the non-political (that is, environmental) outcomes of China's recent legislative meetings, in response to a request from china.org.cn for comments: Foreign scholars' views on [the] Two Sessions

16 March 2018: Macquarie astronomers were asked for their thoughts on the passing of Stephen Hawking; see this highlight from This week at Macquarie: Vale Stephen Hawking

9 March 2018: Richard was featured in This week at Macquarie: Faculty of Science and Engineering welcomes new Associate Dean (Global Engagement)

9 March 2018: Richard was quoted in an INASP blog headlined AuthorAID launches new research collaboration forum to catalyse international research partnerships; see also this link

March 2018: Connections Between Star Cluster Populations and Their Host Galaxy Nuclear Rings, Ma C., de Grijs R., Ho L.C., 2018, ApJ, 857, 116; arXiv:1803.01501

5 March 2018: Richard started his new appointment at Macquarie University! And -- surprisingly -- he was quoted in the media (see [09:25]) on day one with his new affiliation...

28 February 2018: "Two sessions" are a chance to address science and environment, Richard de Grijs, china.org.cn opinion article (editor's pick)

13 February 2018: china.org.cn asked Richard, "What do you think of Spring Festival?" (in Chinese)

9 February 2018: Richard is quoted in an article in Het Financieele Dagblad (the Dutch Financial Daily), 'Wokpan' speurt naar buitenaards leven; local copy (.pdf)

February 2018: No Evidence of Chemical Abundance Variations in the Intermediate-age Cluster NGC 1783, Zhang H., de Grijs R., Li C., Wu X.H., 2018, ApJ, 853, 186; arXiv:1712.08161

February 2018: Elsevier has announced that Richard de Grijs is among the "most highly cited Chinese scholars in 2017", a list of names (75 in astronomy, earth and planetary sciences) that includes 94 faculty members at Peking University

February 2018: An unexpected detection of bifurcated blue straggler sequences in the young globular cluster NGC 2173, Li C., Deng L., de Grijs R., Jiang D., Xin Y., 2018, ApJ, 856, 25: arXiv:1802.02307; Nature Astronomy News and Views commentary

January 2018: AstroTalk: Behind the news headlines of January 2018 (Stellar refugees on galactic scales--just blame gravity!), de Grijs R., The Amateur Astronomer, March 2018, p. 18 (in Chinese; English version)

January 2018: The VMC survey - XXVIII. Improved measurements of the proper motion of the Galactic globular cluster 47 Tucanae, Niederhofer F., Cioni M.-R.L., Rubele S., Schmidt T., Bekki K., de Grijs R., Emerson J., Ivanov V.D., Oliveira J.M., Petr-Gotzens M.G., Ripepi V., Sun N.-C., van Loon J.D., 2018, A&A, 612, A115; arXiv:1801.07738

21 January 2018: Richard tendered his letter of resignation from Peking University, effective from 5 March 2018. A new chapter is about to start! Check out the new postdoc position on offer.

17 January 2018: Richard is quoted in a new article published as part of the Nature Career Guide, The ups and downs of moving to China; Chinese version..

January 2018: "Marvailous Cures": Sympathetic Medicine Connecting Europe and China, Vuillermin D., de Grijs R., Hektoen Int'l, Essays in History, Winter 2018

January 2018: The Near-infrared Optimal Distances Method applied to Galactic Classical Cepheids Tightly Constrains Mid-infrared Period-Luminosity Relations, Wang S., Chen X.D., de Grijs R., Deng L., 2018, ApJ, 852, 78; arXiv:1711.06966

15 January 2018: How to establish productive research collaborations, de Grijs R., 2018, AuthorAID advice column

January 2018: The NGC 7742 star cluster luminosity function: A population analysis revisited, de Grijs R., Ma C., 2018, Res. Astron. Astrophys., 18, 13 (editor's recommendation); arXiv:1712.00007

January 2018: Not-so-simple stellar populations in nearby, resolved massive star clusters, de Grijs R., Li C., 2018, Physica Scripta, 93, 024001 (review article); arXiv:1711.06079

January 2018: AstroTalk: Behind the news headlines of November 2017 (Preparations for James Webb Space Telescope operations offer tantalizing prospects of major breakthroughs), de Grijs R., The Amateur Astronomer, January 2018, p. 27 (in Chinese; English version)

News from previous years: 2017; 2016; 2015; 2014; 2013