This morning, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, and Professor Tim de Zeeuw, the Director-General of the European Southern Observatory, signed the arrangement to allow Australia to enter into a partnership with ESO. The event was officiated by the Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University and Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt and the President of the Astronomical Society of Australia, Professor Virginia Kilborn, at the Astronomical Society of Australia's 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting. The official statement from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science can be found on the Department website.
Astronomy Australia Ltd is advertising for a Program Manager to be responsible for overseeing research infrastructure projects. Further details about the job are available here. Applications close 9am AEST, 13th June 2017.
Applications are now open for a position to represent Australia on the GMT Science Advisory Committee. The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is a next generation optical/infra-red telescope, and will have the resolving power of a 24.5 metre primary mirror. AAL is a founding member of GMTO Corporation and is entitled to nominate an astronomer to the GMT Science Advisory Committee.Further details can be found HERE. Applications close at 5PM AEST on 1st June 2017.
The Australian Government committed $26.1 million to enable Australia to enter an agreement with ESO from 2018 to maintain Australia's optical astronomical research that helps to advance humanity's understanding of the Universe.
The commitment also includes ongoing average funding of $12 million a year until 2027-28.
ANU, Astronomy Australia Limited and other national research institutions have for several years identified a critical need for Australian astronomers to have access to large optical telescopes through an international partnership.
Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL) is inviting applications from suitably qualified Australian-based astronomers to represent Australia as an observer at meetings of the Magellan Scientific Advisory Committee. Applications close at 5pm AEST Monday 1st May 2017. Further details can be found on our website: http://astronomyaustralia.org.au/advertisments/197-advertisements
Swinburne University of Technology and Curtin University/Pawsey Supercomputing Centre to collaboratively provide Astronomy Data and Computing Services (ADACS)
Following a two-stage tender process, Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL) has signed contracts with Swinburne University of Technology and Curtin University/Pawsey Supercomputing Centre to collaboratively provide Astronomy Data and Computing Services (ADACS). The ADACS scope of services for 2017 is intended to include:
(1) Astronomy-focused expert training and support in software development, data management, HPC and advanced data analysis, in order to optimise the usage of, and increase value from, existing research infrastructure.
(2) Creating and/or enhancing astronomy data portals, including All-Sky Virtual Observatory (ASVO), to facilitate the management, sharing and reuse of data.
(3) Collaboration with national eResearch providers to help coordinate and maximise the computing and storage resources available to astronomers.
Further details can be found here.
Proposals for Australian community access to the Magellan telescopes for Semester 2017B are due by 5pm AEST, Friday 7 April 2017. Details on how to prepare and submit an application can be found on the ITSO website: https://www.aao.gov.au/itso/magellan/apply. Australian access to these facilities has been enabled through the Australian Government's National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and other research infrastructure grants.