The Society

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

What is the ASA?

The Society has adopted a structure in which topical interest groups may be formed, known as Chapters. Currently there are four Chapters:

The History of the ASA

The formation of the Society has been described in a journal paper by ASA member Nick Lomb: How Astronomers Focused the Scope of their Discussions: The Formation of the Astronomical Society of Australia The paper is in the Historical Records of Australian Science which should be accessible to most local ASA members through their institutional library. If not, a preprint version can be found at USQ preprint server.

The history of the Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia (PASA) has also been described in a journal paper by Nick Lomb: Scientific Society Journals: the Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia The paper is also in the Historical Records of Australian Science which should be accessible to most local ASA members through their institutional library. If not, a preprint version can be found at USQ preprint server.

The ASA in Australian Astronomy

The ASA is one of 3 peak bodies 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 and 2015 Astronomy Decadal Plans and 2011 & 2020 Mid-Term Reviews) 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.

Representation

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 Society also maintains a list of Australian Astronomical Societies. One function of this list is as a reference for NSW Police for the purposes of regulation surrounding hand-held laser pointers (see the ASA’s Astronomy Factsheet No.22 on laser pointers). Listing implies no endorsement of any Society or its activities.

Communication

The ASA web pages are primarily intended to provide information for the professional astronomy community. The ASA also provides the Australian Astronomy web site which provides information on astronomy in Australia for the amateur astronomy community and the general public.

Information is distributed to members primarily via an Email Exploder, with recent emails archived.

Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia (PASA)

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.

The Final Report (pdf 43 pages/480kB) on the General Assembly is available, along with Report Annexes (pdf 116 pages/3.8MB) giving more details and associated documents.

ASA Reports

Several Society reports are publicly available:

Some other documents are not publicly available. Please contact one of the ASA Secretaries if access is required.

 

The ASA Council

The business of the Society is conducted by a Council elected by a ballot (if necessary) of the members every two years. The Council also invites one student member, elected by the students every year, to attend meetings as an observer, to represent the interests Australian postgraduate students at the meeting and report back to the student members. 

 

A/Prof. Cathryn Trott

A/Prof. Cathryn Trott

PRESIDENT

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Curtin University/ICRAR
Bentley, WA 6845
Ph: 61-8-9266-1306
Email: Cathryn.Trott@curtin.edu.aus
Prof. Stuart Wyithe

Prof. Stuart Wyithe

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

University of Melbourne
Ph: 61-3-8344-5083 Mob: 61-3-9347-4783
Email: asa.president@sydney.edu.au
Web: www.ph.unimelb.edu.au/~swyithe/Site/Welcome.html

A/Prof. John O'Byrne

A/Prof. John O'Byrne

SECRETARY (contact for membership issues)

Sydney Institute for Astronomy
School of Physics, The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Ph : 61-2-9351-3184 Fax: 61-2-9351-7726
Email: asa.secretary@sydney.edu.au
Web: http://sydney.edu.au/science/people/john.obyrne.php

Professor John Lattanzio

Professor John Lattanzio

VICE PRESIDENT

Monash Centre for Astrophysics
School of Physics and Astronomy
Monash University
Email: john.lattanzio@monash.edu
Web: users.monash.edu.au/~johnl/
Dr Yeshe Fenner

Dr Yeshe Fenner

TREASURER

Chief Operating Officer, OzGrav
Swinburne University of Technology
PO Box 218, Hawthorn VIC 3122
Ph : 61 3 9214 8302
Email: asa.treasurer@sydney.edu.au

Dr Marc Duldig

Dr Marc Duldig

SECRETARY

School of Natural Sciences
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 37, Hobart TAS 7000
Ph: 61-3-6226-2022 Fax: 61-3-6226-2410
Mobile: 0421-757285
Email: marc.duldig@utas.edu.au
Web: www.phys.utas.edu.au/physics/

Dr Michael Brown

Dr Michael Brown

MEDIA & OUTREACH COORDINATOR

School of Physics
Monash University
Vic 3800
Ph: 61-3-9905-4498 Fax: 61-3-9905-3637
Email: Michael.Brown@monash.edu
Web: https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/michael-brown

A/Prof. Stas Shabala

A/Prof. Stas Shabala

CHAIR, Editorial Board for PASA

School of Natural Sciences
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 37, Hobart TAS 7001
Email: stanislav.shabala -@- utas.edu.au

Dr Krzysztof Bolejko

Dr Krzysztof Bolejko

PRIZES & AWARDS COORDINATOR

School of Natural Sciences
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 37, Hobart TAS 7001
Ph: +61 3 6226 2234
Email: krzysztof.bolejko@utas.edu.au
Mr Christopher Matthew

Mr Christopher Matthew

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

University of Southern Queensland
Email: Christopher.Matthew@acu.edu.au
Dr Barbara Catinella

Dr Barbara Catinella

COUNCILLOR

International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research
The University of Western Australia
Email: barbara.catinella@uwa.edu.au

Dr Tanya Hill

Dr Tanya Hill

COUNCILLOR

Museum Victoria
GPO Box 666, Melbourne Vic 3001
Ph: 61-3-9392-4503 Fax: 61-3-9391-0100
Email: thill@museum.vic.gov.au
W: http://museumvictoria.com.au/Planetarium/
A/Prof. Daniel Zucker

A/Prof. Daniel Zucker

COUNCILLOR

Macquarie University / Australian Astronomical Observatory
Email: daniel.zucker@mq.edu.au
Dr. Elisabete da Cunha

Dr. Elisabete da Cunha

COUNCILLOR

Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Mt Stromlo Observatory
The Australian National University
Email: Elisabete.daCunha@anu.edu.au
Professor Ilya Mandel

Professor Ilya Mandel

COUNCILLOR

Monash Centre for Astrophysics
School of Physics and Astronomy
Monash University
Email: ilya.mandel@monash.edu

The ASA Executive

A/Prof. Cathryn Trott

A/Prof. Cathryn Trott

PRESIDENT

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Curtin University/ICRAR
Bentley, WA 6845
Ph: 61-8-9266-1306
Email: Cathryn.Trott@curtin.edu.aus
Prof. Stuart Wyithe

Prof. Stuart Wyithe

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

University of Melbourne
Ph: 61-3-8344-5083 Mob: 61-3-9347-4783
Email: asa.president@sydney.edu.au
Web: www.ph.unimelb.edu.au/~swyithe/Site/Welcome.html

A/Prof. John O'Byrne

A/Prof. John O'Byrne

SECRETARY (contact for membership issues)

Sydney Institute for Astronomy
School of Physics, The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Ph : 61-2-9351-3184 Fax: 61-2-9351-7726
Email: asa.secretary@sydney.edu.au
Web: http://sydney.edu.au/science/people/john.obyrne.php

Professor John Lattanzio

Professor John Lattanzio

VICE PRESIDENT

Monash Centre for Astrophysics
School of Physics and Astronomy
Monash University
Email: john.lattanzio@monash.edu
Web: users.monash.edu.au/~johnl/
Dr Yeshe Fenner

Dr Yeshe Fenner

TREASURER

Chief Operating Officer, OzGrav
Swinburne University of Technology
PO Box 218, Hawthorn VIC 3122
Ph : 61 3 9214 8302
Email: asa.treasurer@sydney.edu.au

Dr Marc Duldig

Dr Marc Duldig

SECRETARY

School of Natural Sciences
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 37, Hobart TAS 7000
Ph: 61-3-6226-2022 Fax: 61-3-6226-2410
Mobile: 0421-757285
Email: marc.duldig@utas.edu.au
Web: www.phys.utas.edu.au/physics/

Other Council Positions

Dr Michael Brown

Dr Michael Brown

MEDIA & OUTREACH COORDINATOR

School of Physics
Monash University
Vic 3800
Ph: 61-3-9905-4498 Fax: 61-3-9905-3637
Email: Michael.Brown@monash.edu
Web: https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/michael-brown

A/Prof. Stas Shabala

A/Prof. Stas Shabala

CHAIR, Editorial Board for PASA

School of Natural Sciences
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 37, Hobart TAS 7001
Email: stanislav.shabala -@- utas.edu.au

Dr Krzysztof Bolejko

Dr Krzysztof Bolejko

PRIZES & AWARDS COORDINATOR

School of Natural Sciences
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 37, Hobart TAS 7001
Ph: +61 3 6226 2234
Email: krzysztof.bolejko@utas.edu.au
Mr Christopher Matthew

Mr Christopher Matthew

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

University of Southern Queensland
Email: Christopher.Matthew@acu.edu.au

Councillors

Dr Barbara Catinella

Dr Barbara Catinella

COUNCILLOR

International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research
The University of Western Australia
Email: barbara.catinella@uwa.edu.au

Dr Tanya Hill

Dr Tanya Hill

COUNCILLOR

Museum Victoria
GPO Box 666, Melbourne Vic 3001
Ph: 61-3-9392-4503 Fax: 61-3-9391-0100
Email: thill@museum.vic.gov.au
W: http://museumvictoria.com.au/Planetarium/
A/Prof. Daniel Zucker

A/Prof. Daniel Zucker

COUNCILLOR

Macquarie University / Australian Astronomical Observatory
Email: daniel.zucker@mq.edu.au
Dr. Elisabete da Cunha

Dr. Elisabete da Cunha

COUNCILLOR

Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Mt Stromlo Observatory
The Australian National University
Email: Elisabete.daCunha@anu.edu.au
Professor Ilya Mandel

Professor Ilya Mandel

COUNCILLOR

Monash Centre for Astrophysics
School of Physics and Astronomy
Monash University
Email: ilya.mandel@monash.edu