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In May 2014 and August 2017 ICRAR was reviewed by an international Visiting Committee who considered the status of ICRAR’s structure, impact, programs and direction.

The committee provided ICRAR’s Board with a comprehensive snapshot and assessment of ICRAR from the national and international perspective and advised on ICRAR’s future development.


  • Prof. Elaine Sadler (Chair), University of Sydney
  • Prof. Tony Beasley, NRAO, USA
  • Mr. Mark McAuley, Astronomy Australia Limited
  • Prof. Bo Peng, NAOC, China
  • Prof. Michiel van Haarlem, ASTRON, NL
  • Prof. Michael Kramer, MPIfR Bonn, Germany

Members of the 2014 Visiting Committee

  • Professor Paul Alexander, Head of Astrophysics at the Cavendish Lab, Cambridge University and Director of the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory as well as Head of the SKA SDP Consortium, UK
  • Professor Tony Beasley, Director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, USA
  • Dr Marco de Vos, Managing Director and Deputy Director General of ASTRON, The Netherlands
  • Professor Elaine Sadler, Professor of Astrophysics, School of Physics, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Professor Brian Schmidt, Nobel Laureate, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, ANU, Australia

Science and Technology Advisory Committee

Prior to the visiting committee, ICRAR was advised by a Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) from 2009-2014:

  • Professor Ron Ekers (Chair), CSIRO Fellow
  • Professor Arnold van Ardenne, SKA Design Study Coordinator, The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON)
  • Professor Matthew Bailes, Director, Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Professor Erwin de Blok, SARCHI Chair in Astronomy, University of Cape Town
  • Professor Geoff Bower, Department of Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Dr. Peter Dewdney, International SKA Project Engineer, SKA Program Development Office, University of Manchester
  • Professor Elaine Sadler, School of Physics, University of Sydney