[ASA] Best wishes for 2019

Stuart Wyithe swyithe at unimelb.edu.au
Fri Dec 21 17:09:29 AEDT 2018

Dear ASA members,

The past year has been another busy and successful period or astronomy in Australia, and we can reflect on a large number of ASA activities and achievements.

Highlights included the Gravitational Wave Astronomy School in February 2018 at UWA and the 52nd ASA Annual Scientific Meeting in July at Swinburne University, as well as an astronomy focussed session at the AIP congress in December. The ECR Mentoring Workshop in May at Margaret River was a great success as were the recent series of SciCoder workshops.

A number of ASA members were recognised for their contributions through ASA prizes and honours. These included the inaugural Anne Green Prize, awarded to Emily Wisnioski (full list available at https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/58HHCmOxDQtqARwyUGQyp7?domain=asa.astronomy.org.au). The elections of Rachel Webster to the Australian Academy of Science and Ron Ekers as a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences also deserve special mention.

During 2018 the ASA Council has developed a draft strategic plan, which was distributed to members for comment in November. We look forward to progressing this plan in 2019.

As the year draws to a close I wanted to wish all members a restful and enjoyable break over the holiday period.

Best regards,

(ASA president)

Stuart Wyithe | Head, School of Physics
Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor
Deputy Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics in 3D

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