[ASA] ANZ SKA Science Advisory Committee

Bryan Gaensler bryan.gaensler at sydney.edu.au
Tue Aug 5 09:56:29 AEST 2014

Dear colleagues,

At the ASA meeting earlier this month, it became apparent that some people are not familiar with the internal structure of the Australian / New Zealand Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

As part of our efforts to bring you all up to speed, I'm thus writing in my capacity as Chair of the Aus/NZ SKA Science Advisory Committee (SAC) to tell you about our role and activities.

The SAC was formed in July 2013, and is appointed by the Australia/ New Zealand SKA Coordination Committee (ANZSCC). Our charge is to advise the ANZSCC on SKA issues relating to: site delivery and protection; project design, delivery and implementation; accrued benefits to Aust/WA/NZ from their investments in the SKA; emerging scientific opportunities and risks; and benefits or impacts to the international SKA resulting from Aus/NZ activities. The SAC meets approximately every six months, and is provided with administrative and logistical support by the Australian Department of Industry. 

The current membership of the SAC is:

Dr Brian Boyle (Department of Industry)
Dr Robert Braun (SKA Organisation)
Prof Bryan Gaensler (Chair; U. Sydney)
Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith (CSIRO)
Dr Naomi McClure-Griffiths (CSIRO)
Mr Tim Natusch (AUT)
Prof Lister Staveley-Smith (ICRAR UWA)
Prof Steven Tingay (ICRAR Curtin U.)
Prof Stuart Wyithe (U. Melbourne)

The next SAC meeting is expected to be in Sep/Oct 2014. Please contact any SAC member to submit concerns, questions or topics that you would like addressed by the SAC at this meeting. In conjunction with the Australian and NZ SKA Offices, the SAC will also seek to begin providing summaries of our meetings to the community.


Bryan Gaensler
SAC Chair

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