The AAL Science Advisory Committee (ASAC) is appointed by the AAL Board to consider the suite of Australia’s national telescopes and computing facilities (including the Australian share of international facilities) and assess whether they, both individually and in combination, cater for the needs of the Australian community in addressing the key science questions of the Decadal plan for Australian astronomy (2016-2025).
This advisory committee may be asked specific questions by the AAL Board but also has a remit to provide overview advice on developments in astronomy and their relation to the Decadal Plan. The six key science questions from the Decadal plan are as follows:
ASAC is also expected to:
ASAC meets four times per year, with at least two meetings taking place in person, where possible, and the rest online via video conferencing. When seeking new members for ASAC, AAL looks for astronomers from a broad range of scientific and technical fields, with diversity across the full breadth of Australian astronomy, including (but not limited to): observing techniques and wavelength regimes, observation, theory and eResearch.
Members of ASAC are appointed by the AAL Board via an application process (organised by AAL) and are installed for a two-year fixed term, with the possibility of renewal. In addition: