The Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) was formed in 1966 as the organisation of professional astronomers in Australia. It was incorporated in the ACT in 1993. The operation of the Society is governed by its Constitution and By-laws and administered by its Council. The purposes of the ASA are described in its Statement of Purpose.
Association Number : A2224
Australian Business Number (ABN) : 37 660 297 848
|THE ASA CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS | REPORTS | THE ASA COUNCIL | COUNCIL OFFICER ADDRESSES|
The Society has adopted a structure in which topical interest groups may be formed, known as Chapters. Currently there are four Chapters:
The ASA is one of three national organisations in Australian astronomy.
The ASA provides a community forum for Australian astronomers and represents their interests individually and collectively. The Society fosters Australian astronomy through regular scientific meetings, the publication of a scientific journal, and workshops and activities to support students and early-career researchers.
The National Committee for Astronomy (NCA) is a committee of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS). The AAS is Australia's link with the International Council for Science (ICSU) and its constituent bodies and committees, in particular the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The NCA also carries out regular discipline reviews (most recently the 2005 Astronomy Decadal Plan and 2011 Mid-Term Review) and addresses other issues of community-wide significance.
Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL) is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee whose members are Australian universities and research organisations involved in astronomical research. AAL manages programs providing access to astronomy infrastructure and is guided in its activities by the Astronomy Decadal Plan. Unlike the NCA, AAL is a legal entity and can hold or disperse funds on behalf of the astronomy community.
The Society provides a representative on:
The ASA is Trustee of the Foundation for the Advancement of Astronomy (FAA). The FAA is a tax-deductible Foundation intended to enhance the ASA's efforts to promote Astronomy and related fields in Australia, and to recognise and support excellence in those fields. The purposes of the FAA are very broadly defined to allow the support of prizes, scholarships, research and facilities.
The Society is a member of:
The Society is a signatory to the Washington Charter that acknowledges the responsibility of astronomers to effectively communicate astronomy to the public for the benefit of all.
The ASA publishes an on-line refereed journal, the Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia (PASA). Immediate on-line access is a privilege of most classes of ASA membership, or may be purchased by libraries and other organisations. All papers are archived at the NASA ADS archive. There are no pages charges. PASA is published by Cambridge University Press.
IAU 2003 - XXVth General Assembly (GA) of the IAU
Through the NCA and ASA, Australian astronomers accepted an invitation by the IAU to host the XXVth General Assembly (GA) of the IAU between July 13 and 26, 2003. Many ASA members participated in all aspects of the organisation of the General Assembly which was extremely succesful, presenting Australian astronomy to the visiting astronomers and the public.
Several Society reports are publicly available:ASA Secretaries if access is required.
The business of the Society is conducted by a Council elected by a ballot (if necessary) of the members each year.
The current Council members are:
|A/Prof. Andrew Hopkins||(ahopkins -@- aao.gov.au / Australian Astronomical Observatory)|
|A/Prof. Darren Croton||(dcroton -@- astro.swin.edu.au / Swinburne University of Technology)|
Immediate Past President
|Dr Kate Brooks||(Kate.Brooks -@- csiro.au / CSIRO/CASS/ATNF)|
|Dr Marc Duldig||(marc.duldig -@- utas.edu.au / University of Tasmania)|
|A/Prof. John O'Byrne||(john.obyrne -@- sydney.edu.au / University of Sydney)|
|Dr Katrina Sealey||(Katrina.Sealey -@- aao.gov.au / Australian Astronomical Observatory)|
|Dr Duncan Galloway||(duncan.galloway -@- monash.edu / Monash University)|
|Dr Amanda Karakas||(akarakas -@- mso.anu.edu.au / RSAA/ANU)|
|Dr Gavin Rowell||(growell -@- physics.adelaide.edu.au / University of Adelaide)|
|Dr Lee Spitler||(lee.spitler -@- mq.edu.au / Macquarie University-Australian Astronomical Observatory)|
|Dr Cathryn Trott||(Cathryn.Trott -@- curtin.edu.au / Curtin University/ICRAR)|
Chair, PASA Editorial Board
|Prof. Bryan Gaensler||(bryan.gaensler -@- sydney.edu.au / University of Sydney)|
Prizes and Awards Coordinator
|Dr Tanya Hill||(thill -@- museum.vic.gov.au / Melbourne Planetarium, Scienceworks)|
The Council also invites one student member, elected by the students, to attend meetings as an observer, to represent the interests Australian postgraduate students at the meeting and report back to the student members.
|Ms Paola Oliva Altamirano||(poliva -@- astro.swin.edu.au / Swinburne University of Technology)|
Past Council members (to July 2012) are listed in the following files:
A list of all Honorary Fellows of the Society to date is available.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
CHAIR, Editorial Board for PASA
PRIZES & AWARDS COORDINATOR