Dr Sabine Bellstedt


International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research
The University of Western Australia

Dr Sabine Bellstedt is an astronomer at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research. Her love for physics arose from a desire to understand the world around her – from the quirks of the natural world (like why bubbles are coloured like rainbows), to the scientific basis of the technological world around her (like the photoelectric effect that makes solar panels work). For Sabine, the most awe-inspiring aspect of physics is astrophysics. As an astronomer, she now uses some of the biggest telescopes in the world to work in the field of galaxy evolution.

Beyond the Milky Way galaxy that we call home, there are trillions of galaxies of different sizes, shapes, and colours. Sabine’s research aims to determine what cosmic events drive galaxies to form and evolve. Why is it that some galaxies are actively forming stars, while others stopped forming stars billions of years ago?

Sabine holds a PhD in Astrophysics from Swinburne University of Technology (2019), and a Bachelor of Science - Physics (Honours) from the University of Wollongong (2014). In addition to astronomy, Sabine is passionate about the environment, and trying to reduce her environmental footprint.

Dr Sabine Bellstedt is a Superstar of STEM.