The Astralis Instrumentation Consortium (Astralis), previously known as the Australian Astronomical Optics Consortium, was formally established in June 2018. The Board provides representation and input from the broader Australian astronomy community, ensuring that Astralis’ strategy and activities are closely aligned with the interests of the national effort in astronomy.
The governance structure of Astralis is illustrated below as specified in the Consortium Agreement. Members of each node report to the Director of that node. The Directors report to the Board via the Management Committee as specified in the Consortium Agreement. The Astralis Board may appoint advisory committees to assist it with the performance of its responsibilities as determined by the Astralis Board. Advisories have no decision-making authority.
Astralis Governance Structure
Overall advice on the strategic direction of Astralis is provided by the Astralis Board. The Board has the responsibility to review and approve the annual business plan, strategic plans, and reports. The Board will also appoint the technical review committee and industry advisory cluster when required.
The Board consists of one voting member appointed by each of Astronomy Australia Ltd, Macquarie University, Australian National University and the University of Sydney, three independent members with experience in astronomy or industry connections, and an independent observer from the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
Dr. Rosalind Dubs – Chair, Independent
Prof. Matthew Colless – ANU Nominee
FAA, FRAS, FAAAS
Prof. Jonathan Bland-Hawthorn – USyd Nominee
FAA, FRAS, FAAAS
Prof. Michael Steel – MQ Nominee
Dr. Sarah Pearce – AAL Nominee
Dr. Steve Frisken – Independent
Dr. Katherine Woodthorpe – Independent
AO, FAICD, FTSE
Mrs. Jacqueline Cooke – DISER Observer
- FTSE: Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering
- FAICD: Fellows of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
- FAA: Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
- FRAS: Honorary Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
- FAAAS: Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
- FOSA: Fellow of the Optical Society
- FAIP: Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics