An ASKAP antenna at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory. Image Credit: Ant Schinckel, CSIRO.




Quarterly update: December 2012

Antarctic astronomy

In August 2012 AAL signed an MoU on Antarctic astronomy with the Division for Basic Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In recent weeks AAL and our Chinese colleagues have agreed upon an implementation plan to progress the scientific opportunities offered by Chinese telescopes at Dome A and complementary observations using Australian telescopes.

A working group has been established and is scheduled to meet at the Australian Astronomical Observatory in March 2013 and again in China in September 2013. Science leaders have also been appointed and draft science plans have been written (Area - Australian Science Leader - Chinese Science Leader):

  • Supernovae - Fang Yuan, ANU - Xiaofeng Wang (Supernovae), Xuefeng Wu (GRBs)
  • Exo-planets - Chris Tinney, UNSW - Jilin Zhou
  • Variable Stars - Charles Kuehn, USyd - Jianning Fu
  • Synoptic Universe - Paul Hancock, USyd - Zhaohui Shang

Advisory Committee appointments

AAL has appointed new members to all of its committees for 2013. The names of new committee members and meeting dates can be found on AAL's website.

AAL is delighted to report that from 1 January 2013 it will have achieved its target of 25% female participation on its Board and committees (increasing from 11% in 2011 and 17% in 2012). The target of 25% was set with a view to approximately equalling the proportion of female astronomers in Australia.

AAL would like to thank everyone who applied to its committees, and thank those who are retiring from committees for their service.

2013 AGM

The next AAL AGM will be held on 19 November 2013. All Member representatives are asked to note this date. The location of the meeting is yet to be determined.