EPOC activities are overseen by a Steering Committee comprising the following members/roles:
- An immediate past Chair (when relevant).
- An ASA Council Member chosen by the ASA Council as an ex-officio EPOC Steering Committee Member (unless an EPOC Steering Committee Member is already a member of the ASA Council).
- A broadly representative Steering Committee of up to six people, elected by full members of the ASA.
- A Student Representative elected by the student members of the ASA.
- A Secretary appointed from the Steering Committee (responsible for minutes of the meetings, circulation of the minutes to the membership, and organization of the elections).
- A Treasurer appointed from the Steering Committee (responsible for managing the income and expenditure of EPOC and for providing an annual report of such activity to the membership).
EPOC Chair – 2-year position
||I’ve been involved in public outreach and education in astronomy since Halley’s Comet in 1986. Much of my focus has been in formal education at the school level though this has broadened since taking up my current role as education and outreach specialist at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science where I have been for 10 years. I run teacher workshops across Australia with the aim is increasing their confidence and knowledge in the effective teaching of astronomy. An increasing focus is on supporting primary school teachers develop the skills needed to successfully teach the new Australian Curriculum. I also run the PULSE@Parkes program that gives high school students the opportunity to observe pulsars with the Parkes radio telescope and do extensive engagement in the Mid West region of WA to support ASKAP and the SKA. I am a member of the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development’s Task Force for Children and Schools and on the Editorial Board of AstroEDU.|
ASA Council Representative
Steering Committee Member – 2-year positions
Student Member – 1-year position
||I’m a third year PhD student jointly supervised by Macquarie University and the Australian Astronomical Observatory. I work with collaborators on a number of extragalactic surveys tasked with studying the physical processes related to the formation and evolution of galaxies. My research interests are related to supermassive black holes and how they affect their host galaxies. In addition to my research, I have a keen interest in teaching and outreach. I have prepared and delivered a number of lectures and activities in physics to undergraduate and high school students, and performed numerous public talks on astronomy related topics. I’m currently a sessional academic at Macquarie University, a member of the IAU Working Group on Theory and Methods in Astronomy Education, and a science liaison for the CSIRO’s Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools program. As a strong advocate of public outreach, I believe the position of EPOC student representative will help me maximise outreach opportunities along with contributing towards the wider goal of promoting the teaching of astronomy to students and the public..|
Election of Steering Committee Members:
- The Chair holds office for two years.
- Steering Committee Members will hold office for two years with staggered tenure (in the first year of operation, three Members will be elected for 1-year periods, and three Members will elected for 2-year periods).
- Three Members of the Steering Committee will be elected annually.
- The Student Representative will be elected annually.
- There is no limit on the number of consecutive appointments of the Chair, Steering Committee Members or Student Representative.
- By 1 March each year, the Chair will call for nominations for relevant Steering Committee positions.
- Only full members are entitled to vote in all ballots and elections of EPOC. Student members are entitled to vote for a student representative on the steering committee. Elections will be conducted by March 15 and the result declared in time for the new Chair and Steering Committee to take up their appointments by 1 April.
- Election of all Steering Committee Members will be determined by the direct count of the number of votes obtained by each candidate for a given position. In the event of a tied vote the President of the ASA following consultation with the ASA Council, will have a casting vote. In the event of the President of the ASA being involved as a candidate in the tied vote, the casting vote will pass to another member of the ASA Executive, as per the ASA constitution.
- The Steering Committee will maintain an e-mail list of the current EPOC members.
- The Steering Committee undertakes to organize and run an annual open lunchtime Meeting during the ASA Annual Scientific Meeting, and other meetings when appropriate.
- EPOC will establish and maintain a website that encourages dissemination of relevant information relating to astronomy education and public outreach opportunities, including the publication of Members Reports.
- From time to time, EPOC will produce Factsheets on topics of current astronomical interest of particular relevance to Australia. The Steering Committee will appoint one of its members to coordinate the development of Factsheets, which encompasses collating submissions and sending out for comments, additions, and amendments as required. Topics for Factsheets will be invited from the EPOC membership, under the proviso that a Member proposing a Factsheet is also able to write the Factsheet or can nominate an appropriate author.
Follow this link for the Factsheets.
- EPOC will run other activities as approved by the Steering Committee.
- The Steering Committee will hold a minimum of two meetings per year, ideally in Feb/Mar and Nov/Dec.
- It is the role of the Chair (or nominated representative) to organize the date of each meeting and to request agenda items.
- At least two working days prior to the Meeting the Chair (or nominated representative) will distribute the Agenda to Steering Committee members.
- Minutes will be taken by a nominated representative and provided to Steering Committee Members as soon as possible following the Meeting. A copy of the Minutes will be provided to the ASA Council, and will be made available to EPOC members via the EPOC e-mail list and on the EPOC website.
- The Chair will normally act as Chair of the Steering Committee Meeting, however, if the Chair is not able to attend in person, a nominated representative may act as Chair.
- Whenever possible, Steering Committee Meetings will be held at a location in a capital city that has teleconference facilities, however, virtual involvement (via Skype, teleconference, or other method) will be accepted and encouraged.
- The Chair will provide a brief report describing EPOC activities to Secretary of ASA Council, if possible, at least one week before each Council meeting.
- The Steering Committee will solicit regular Reports from Members, which will be published on the EPOC website.