Multi Messenger Astronomy Advisory Committee (MMAAC)

This advisory committee was established in 2017 at the recommendation of the AAL Multi-Messenger Astronomy Working Group, which was active from Oct 2015 to Oct 2016. The final report produced by that WG is here.

Terms of Reference

The Multi-Messenger Astronomy Advisory Committee will be a committee of Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL), beginning in 2017, that will advise on and monitor investments in multi-messenger astronomy infrastructure, which includes high energy astrophysics facilities (including cosmic rays, gamma rays and neutrinos), gravitational wave detectors, and complementary infrastructure. The purpose of MMAAC is to assist AAL by executing the following:

  • Consider the capacity of Australia's multi-messenger astronomy infrastructure portfolio, including the related ICT infrastructure and electromagnetic follow-up capabilities, with particular regard to whether it caters for the scientific needs of the Australian community;
  • Advise on how to leverage Australian capabilities to maximise participation and collaboration in, and benefits from, multi-messenger astronomy projects;
  • Monitor and assess the progress of any multi-messenger astronomy project funded by AAL; and
  • Keep the AAL Board apprised of global developments in major multi-messenger and related astronomy facilities, and provide it with strategic advice accordingly.

Membership

  • Members of MMAAC will be appointed by the AAL Board for a fixed term, with the possibility of renewal.

Composition

  • Gavin Rowell, University of Adelaide (Chair), until 31 December 2018
  • Bram Slagmolen, ANU, until 31 December 2018
  • Gary Hill, University of Adelaide, until 31 December 2018
  • Miroslav Filipovic, University of Western Sydney, until 31 December 2018
  • Anne Green, University of Sydney, until 31 December 2018
  • OzGrav representative (ex-officio) (TBC)
  • Matthew Bailes, Astronomy Australia Ltd Board representative (ex-officio)