Ground-based Astronomy Committee

Chair:

  • Jon Willis (2014-18) University of Victoria

Members:

  • James Di Francesco (2016-2019), National Research Council
  • John Hutchings (2009-18), National Research Council
  • Roland Kothes (2016-19), National Research Council
  • David Patton (2016-19), Trent University
  • Els Peeters (2016-19), Western University
  • Kenneth Tapping (continuing member, spectrum management) National Research Council
  • Ivana Damjanov (2017-2020) Saint Mary’s University

Public Discussion Page
Internal Committee Discussion

Mandate and terms of reference

The GAC has the important mandate of providing expert opinion on the observational segment of astronomical and astrophysical research performed from the ground. The GAC will reflect on all observational facilities whatever the wavelength observed from the ground and will be composed of eight members. Hence the GAC will:

  1. Work on behalf of the CASCA Board to assess opportunities for participation in major projects, identifying any gaps in facility or instrument capability;
  2. Advise the CASCA Board on matters of priority and areas of research while keeping the Board updated on the ongoing development, the evolution and the activities of the communities they represent;
  3. Express the concerns of the scientific community they represent, recognizing the diversity of approaches;
  4. Provide strategic guidance to the Board and the astronomical community in general and specifically for the Long Range Plan and the Coalition for Canadian Astronomy;
  5. Be ready to respond to special requests from the CASCA Board;
  6. Provide a report of activities and issues once a year to the Board in advance of the CASCA AGM. The Board may request an interim report if the need arises. The report will include: current members and term, suggestions for new members and/or chair, brief report of activities, any issues, questions, recommendations or requested actions for the Board.

News and Statements from the GAC:

Archived reports:

May 2017
Dec 2016
May 2016
May 2015
June 2014 (revised)
Jan 2014
May 2013
Dec 2012
Jun 2012
Dec 2011
May 2011
May 2010

Pre-2010 Committees and reports:

Optical & Infrared Astronomy Committee

May 2009
Dec 2008
May 2008
Dec 2007
June 2007
Nov 2006
June 1999
May 1998
June 1997

Radio Astronomy Committee

May 2009
Dec 2008
May 2008
Dec 2007
June 2007
Nov 2006
May 2006
Nov 2005
May 2005
March 2004
June 1999
May 1998
June 1997

Solar System & Planetary Studies Committee

May/June 2006
Nov 2005
May 2005
June 2004

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