An ASKAP antenna at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory. Image Credit: Ant Schinckel, CSIRO.




Quarterly update: June 2010

$10M Astronomy EIF Funding Agreement

AAL and DIISR have signed a Funding Agreement for a $10M investment in Australian astronomy infrastructure. The investment strategy and projects to be supported are summarised in the Investment Plan.

This $10M Education Investment Fund (EIF) grant was announced by the Australian Government in May 2009. In November 2009 AAL called for Expressions of Interest from the Australian astronomical community to assist in the development of a $10M Investment Plan. This astronomy EIF grant will run from July 2011 to June 2013.

Astronomy NCRIS 2010/11 Annual Business Plan

AAL has submitted the Astronomy NCRIS 2010/11 Annual Business Plan to DIISR. This plan details the final year of planned milestones and investments for the Astronomy NCRIS programme. At DIISR's request, the plan has a specific focus on MWA.

Annual General Meeting

AAL has set the date of the 2010 AGM as 5th November 2010. All Member representatives are asked to note this date. The location of the meeting is yet to be determined.

Nomination Committee

The Board Chair and two AAL directors are scheduled to resign at the 2010 AGM. As per the constitution, AAL requests that the Members form a Nomination Committee, to be chaired by Mark Wainwright. Any Member representative who wishes to participate in the 2010 Nomination Committee is asked to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Chief Operating Officer, 03 9214 8036 by 8th July 2010.

The Committee would be expected to meet in August to commence the search to fill upcoming vacancies on the AAL Board, and in September to nominate prospective directors to be considered at the AGM.