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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:

  • monitoring and providing advice to the Secretary and the Director on the quality and status of the AAO research facilities and supporting infrastructure and delivery of services to the astronomy community, including identification of emerging issues.
  • providing strategic advice to the Secretary and the Director on the overall scientific direction of the AAO, including identification of emerging scientific opportunities and appropriate future research roles for the AAO, in the national and international context.
  • in consultation with the Director, developing and reviewing periodically a set of performance indicators for the AAO, to be approved by the Secretary. These indicators should encompass, but not be limited to, the areas of telescope operations, research, instrumentation, the use of AAO resources and external communications.
  • in consultation with the Director, developing and reviewing periodically an AAO Client Service Charter, to be approved by the Secretary.
  • where requested by the Secretary, providing advice to the Secretary and the Director on the prioritisation and use of available AAO funding and resources in the maintenance and upgrading of AAO facilities, the performance of AAO research functions and collaborations, or the provision of improved services to AAO users.
  • providing advice to the Director on Terms of Reference and appointments to the Australian Time Assignment Committee, AAO Users’ Committee and any other sub-committees the Director may wish to establish.
  • maintaining a high level of engagement with the Australian astronomy community and reflecting the community’s views in providing its advice to the Secretary on all of the above matters.

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 Lisa Kewley

Australia

ANU

1 January 2014

31 December 2016

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

 

 

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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