ANZSCC Science Advisory Committee

The Science Advisory Committee (SAC) is appointed to provide scientific advice to the Australia/New Zealand SKA Coordination Committee (ANZSCC) to assist in achieving its strategic objectives.  In particular, the SAC provides advice that supports the delivery and protection of the Australian SKA site, and contributes to the project’s design and implementation.  The SAC has members with diverse radio astronomy science backgrounds. 


SAC Membership

Dr. Phil Edwards (SAC Chair)

CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science

Carole Jackson.jpgDr. Edwards is the head of science operations at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science and CSIRO SKA Project Scientist. Phil has published over 180 refereed papers, with scientific interests including the radio properties of gamma-ray sources, giga-hertz peaked spectrum sources, and AGN surveys. He is currently a scientific editor for Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, and co-chair of the RadioAstron International Science Council.





Dr. Cathryn Trott 

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Curtin University

Dr. Trott is a Senior Research Fellow, and ARC DECRA Fellow, at the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy. She leads the Epoch of Reionisation (EoR) project within ICRAR, and is heavily involved in the design and data processing for the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) and future Square Kilometre Array (SKA) EoR projects.






Professor Lister Staveley-Smith

Deputy Director, CAASTRO; Science Director, ICRAR, The University of Western Australia

Professor Staveley-Smith is a Professor at the University of Western Australia and Science Director within the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research. Professor Staveley-Smith sits on the SKA Science Working Group and leads one of its survey coordination groups.





Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith

ASKAP Project Scientist, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science

Dr. Harvey-Smith is an astronomer and Research Group Leader at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science. She was formerly the Project Scientist for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder.





Professor Naomi McClure-Griffiths

Professor, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University

Professor McClure-Griffiths is a radiophysicist and radio astronomer who has worked with the Australian SKA Pathfinder to make discoveries and provide insights into the Milky Way. Professor McClure-Griffiths was also Head of National Facility Science at the CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility.





Professor Andrew Hopkins

Head of Research and Outreach, Australian Astronomical Observatory 


Professor Hopkins has over 15 years experience in professional astronomy research, having held a Hubble Fellowship, an Australian Research Council QEII Fellowship, and serving as the President of the Astronomical Society of Australia (2013-15). His research focuses on the evolution of star formation in galaxies over cosmic history.





Professor Elaine Sadler

Professor of Astrophysics, University of Sydney and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics.

ESadler.jpgProfessor Sadler's main research areas focus on galaxy evolution and active galaxies. She currently leads ASKAP-FLASH, a project which uses the Australian SKA Pathfinder telescope to learn more about hydrogen gas in distant galaxies.







Dr. Willem van Straten

Senior Lecturer, Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research, Auckland University of Technology

Dr van Straten is the co-chair of the Fundamental Physics with Pulsars SKA Science Working Group and leader of the pre-construction team that is designing the pulsar timing instrumentation for the SKA. He has contributed to the development of pulsar timing capability on various SKA precursor and pathfinder telescopes, including MeerKAT, MWA, GMRT, LOFAR, Parkes and SKAMP.







SAC Terms of Reference

The ANZSCC's Terms of Reference were approved by the ANZSCC on Thursday 16 July 2015. The Terms of Reference set out the terms of membership, roles, and responsibilities of the SAC, and can be accessed here.

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