[ASA] Call for membership | National Committee for Astronomy

Meaghan Dzundza meaghan.dzundza at science.org.au
Wed Sep 22 09:47:37 AEST 2021

The National Committee for Astronomy (NCA) is one of 22 National Committees of the Australian Academy of Science. 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. In 2020 the committee reviewed the current decadal plan and published the mid-term review<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/jiw8C5QPXJiZ1g6QBhzZ2vN?domain=aus01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com>.

The NCA is made up of eight members appointed by the Executive Committee of the Academy, plus observers. The current members of the committee are listed at www.science.org.au/national-committee-astronomy<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/i2DTC6XQ4LfrJVyA5h65Fdc?domain=aus01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com>

There are two vacancies on the NCA with terms beginning 1 January 2022 for a period of three years.

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 is encouraged for members of the community who would ensure gender balance or add diversity to the National Committee.

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 eight people
  *   Members will usually be appointed for up to three years
  *   Re-appointment for one further year is possible in exceptional circumstances

Note that all appointments are made by the Academy’s 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 (Lister Staveley-Smith), the President of the ASA (John Lattanzio) and one Fellow of the Academy who is not an NCA member (TBA). This review panel (in consultation with the Academy's Secretary for Physical Sciences) will make a recommendation on the vacant positions, which will be forwarded to the Academy’s Executive Committee for approval.

Please apply using the application form here<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/rM8vC71R2NTAYEZxDCB79Zz?domain=aus01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com> before 5.00 pm AEDT on Friday 29 October 2021. Self-nominations are acceptable.

Kind regards
Meaghan Dzundza

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