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AAO Advisory Committee (AAOAC)

The AAO Advisory Committee is mandated by the Australian Astronomical Observatory Act 2010 and advises the Secretary and Director about the performance of the astronomical functions of the AAO. The members of the Committee are appointed by the Secretary of DIISR on the recommendation of the Department after consultation with key stakeholders in the astronomy community. The AAOAC will normally meet twice a year. The role and membership of the committee are given below; full and definitive details are contained in the AAOAC Terms of Reference.

Role

The role of the AAOAC will be:

Membership

The committee comprises seven members: three senior Australian astronomers representing the community of users of the AAO; one senior international astronomer; one senior scientist from a related field with significant experience in research leadership, facility management or research administration; one industry or private sector representative with a broad experience in governance, service delivery and management of complex organisations; and one person with relevant management experience at senior executive levels of government or government agencies.

The current membership of the AAOAC is listed below:


Category

Member

Nationality

Institution

Start of term

End of term

Senior Australian Astronomer

Prof Peter Quinn (Chair)

Australia

ICRAR/UWA

1 January 2013

31 December 2015

Senior Australian Astronomer

Prof Brian Schmidt FAA

Australia

ANU

1 March 2011

31 December 2013**

Senior Australian Astronomer

Prof Anne Green

Australia

Sydney Institute for Astronomy

26 August 2013

31 December 2016

Senior International Astronomer

Prof Roger Davies

International

Oxford

1 March 2011

31 December 2015

Senior scientist in a related field

Prof Robyn Owens

Australia

UWA

1 March 2011

31 December 2014

Industry representative

Dr Rosalind Dubs

Australia

Space Industry Innovation Council (to Dec 2012)

1 March 2011

31 December 2015

Person with senior government experience

Dr David Charles

Australia

Insight Economics

1 March 2011

31 December 2015

**To be replaced by Prof Lisa Kewley (ANU) 1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2016

 

Documentation

AAOAC public summaries

[public summary/update issued after each meeting]

AAO Advisory Committee Public Update, Meeting held 16-17 March 2011

AAO Advisory Committee Public Update, Meeting held 29 September 2011

AAO Advisory Committee Public Update, Meeting held March 2012

AAO Advisory Committee Public Update, Meeting held September 2012

AAO Advisory Committee Public Update, Meeting held March 2013

AAO Advisory Committee Public Update, Meeting held September 2013


AAOAC private papers

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the AAO Advisory Committee will be held in March 2014 in North Ryde.


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