Dr Sarah Pearce

BPhys(Hons), PhD
Dr Sarah Pearce is an AAL Board Director and the new Telescope Director of SKA Australia.

Special responsibilities – Chair of the Board Nominations Committee, a member of the Industry Engagement Working Group and AAL’s representative on the AAO Consortium Board.

Dr Sarah Pearce is currently CSIRO’s Acting Chief Scientist and Deputy Director at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science. Prior to this role, she was Project Manager for GridPP, the UK computing grid for particle physics.

Sarah’s previous experience includes time as a science advisor in the UK Parliament. Sarah holds a PhD in X-ray astronomy from the University of Leicester and an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Oxford (Worcester College).

Sarah has particular responsibility for CSIRO’s role in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project. She has been Australian Science Director on the SKA Board, and part of the negotiating team for the SKA Convention. Recently, Sarah was appointed by the SKA Observatory as the new Telescope Director for SKA Australia. Sarah also leads CASS’s Space Research Program, including the CSIRO Centre for Earth Observation (EO). This centre co-ordinates activity in EO across CSIRO and manages CSIRO’s share of the new national facility, the NovaSAR satellite.