[ASA] Call for nominations to the NCA

Stuart Wyithe swyithe at unimelb.edu.au
Mon Jan 4 23:55:56 AEDT 2016

The National Committee for Astronomy (NCA) is one of twenty-two National Committees of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS). The NCA exists to foster astronomy in Australia, to liaise with international scientific bodies, and to advise the Council of the Australian Academy of Science on relevant matters. One of its main activities is to oversee the Decadal Plan process for Australian Astronomy.

The NCA is made up of eight members appointed by the Executive Committee of the Academy. The current members of the committee are listed at https://www.science.org.au/national-committee-astronomy

There are three vacancies on the NCA from 2016, to replace John Dickey, Steven Tingay and Stuart Wyithe who completed their terms in December.

To make the process of selecting new members as open as possible, the NCA is calling for nominees from the broader astronomy community. Members of the NCA should be respected members of the Australian astronomy community with a broad spread of institutions and specialisations. Interest in these new appointments from female members of the community is encouraged to ensure gender balance of the National Committee.

The National Committee guidelines can be found at https://www.science.org.au/guidelines-national-committees
The guidelines relating to membership can be summarised as follows:

* Members should be scientists active in the field
* Membership shall be appropriate to 'the best interests of Australian science'
* Membership will not usually exceed 8 people
* Members will usually be appointed for up to 3 years
* Re-appointment for one further year is possible in ‘exceptional circumstances'

Note that all appointments are made by the AAS Executive Committee on the basis of a nomination forwarded by the Chair of the NCA.

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel consisting of the NCA Chair (Lisa Kewley), the President of the ASA (Virginia Kilborn) and one Fellow of the Academy who is not an NCA member (Elaine Sadler).

This review panel (in consultation with the Academy's Secretary for Physical Sciences) will make a recommendation on the vacant position, which will be forwarded to the AAS Executive Committee for approval.

Please send your nominations by email to the new NCA Chair (Lisa Kewley <lisa.j.kewley at gmail.com<mailto:lisa.j.kewley at gmail.com>>) before 5pm (AEST) on Friday 5th February 2016.

Nominations can be brief (name, institution and a very short outline of expertise are all that's needed, and self-nominations are also acceptable).

Best regards,


Professor Stuart Wyithe
Australian Laureate Fellow
Deputy Head, School of Physics
University of Melbourne
Vic, Australia  3010

Phone:  +61 3 8344 5083
Fax:  +61 3 9347 4783
Email: swyithe at unimelb.edu.au<https://evserver2.unimelb.edu.au/EnterpriseVault/swyithe@unimelb.edu.au>

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