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An all-sky image showing the Milky Way in radio waves. Credit: NASA

An all-sky image showing the Milky Way in radio waves. Credit: NASA

The Australian Research Council announced $20.6 million for a new astronomy Centre of Excellence on Friday July 16th.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) will substantially expand Australia’s research capabilities, boosting Australia’s track record as a world leader in Astronomy.

The Centre is a collaboration between ICRAR; The University of Sydney; The University of Melbourne; Swinburne University of Technology; and The Australian National University, with national and international research partners.

“CAASTRO is an important link between ICRAR and the Australian Research community,“ says ICRAR Director Professor Peter Quinn.

“It provides significant new resources and an opportunity to bring together optical and radio astronomy research.”

In addition to backing project developments, the funding will provide 15 new staff members for ICRAR, split between ICRAR’s partners Curtin University and The University of Western Australia.

There will be 13 new postdoctoral research appointments, an administration role and an outreach and education position.

ICRAR’s Professor Lister Staveley-Smith will be Deputy Director with Professor Bryan Gaensler from The University of Sydney as the Centre’s Director. The centre will be administered from The University of Sydney.

More information on CAASTRO.