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1 Agenda, Minutes: Agenda
of September meeting. Informal notes are available. Agenda and Minutes of older telecons may be viewed at the ALMA EDM site Sitescape
or more recently at the Board ASAC site.
* Discussion of new Board Charges.
* Continuing Charges:
* 1) ASAC should continue to monitor and assess the readiness of ALMA software, in particular to review the outcome of software CDR number 6 July 14-16
and the ongoing work on detailing the software requirements for Early Science. These topics should be covered in the ASACs written report for the Boards November 2008 meeting. See results of recent Review. Response
* 2) ASAC should continue to review AIV/CSV activities and to recommend necessary and desirable changes. Any significant new issues in this area should also be included in thereport for the November 2008 meeting, but the Board expects a more detailed examination of these topics after the ASAC meeting in Chile in early 2009.
* 3) The ALMA Board has charged the Project to draw up a long-term ALMA Development Plan in consultation with the international astronomy community. The plan should set out the scientific context for transformational science with ALMA in the next two decades, in the era of for example JWST, ELTs and SKA, and recommend developments necessary to achieve this vision. The ALMA Board views this plan as having a high strategic priority, and is coordinating its development across the entire ALMA partnership. The process of generating the ALMA Development Plan should be led by the JAO Project Scientist and the ASAC (with support from the Executives). The first stage will involve an examination of the scientific drivers by a team of astronomers, chosen to be representative of the broad astronomy community that is expected to use ALMA. It is therefore important that the proposed team include people with a broad perspective and expertise at wavelengths outside the range that will be observed by ALMA as well as people with experience of mm-wave interferometry and instrumental development. This team should take time to work with the community, e.g. by sounding their own 'networks' and holding local discussions, before making a first-order draft of potential long term developments, grouping them in high, medium and low scientific priority, and identifying the ones which require long-lead technical developments. The ASAC should review and comment on the report (again with members taking soundings through their networks) before submitting it to the Board. The Board would like to receive a progress report on this at its November 2008 meeting and, if possible, the full report by March 2009. The Board suggests that it would not be appropriate to hold a large community workshop devoted to this topic, but recommends that discussion sessions be planned as part of other workshops (e.g. at one of the annual ALMA-oriented science workshops, or at more general meetings on future astronomical facilities). It is anticipated that a larger-scale activity will follow after the start of Early Science.
* Further Charges:
* 4) The ASAC should review the plans for provision of ALMA Regional Centers and report to the Boards March 2009 meeting.
* 5) Noting that 2009 is the International year of Astronomy, the ASAC should examine the Projects activities in the area of outreach, both to the general public and to the astronomical community, and make suggestions as to how they and the ALMA Project could enhance these activities.
Events of Interest
(see also Al's <A href="http://www.cv.nrao.edu/%7Eawootten/mmaimcal/ALMACalendars.html">ALMA Biweekly Calendar</a>)
ALMA Board meeting
| | Apr 1 | | Telecon ASAC | | |
Jan 5-8, Boulder, CO
Abstract Book of ALMA session
N.B. Emerson talk withdrawn.
213th AAS Meeting
Jan 4-8, Long Beach, CA; NRAO Town Hall evening 7th.
ALMA and ELTs: A Deeper, Finer View of the Universe
Mar 24-27, Garching, Germany.
Millimeter and Submillimeter Astronomy at High Angular Resolution
June 8-12, Taipei, Taiwan.
See ALMA related meetings