Welcome

Welcome to IAU Commission 40 for Radio Astronomy. Commission 40 is part of IAU Division B for Facilities, Technologies and Data Science.

Commission 40 brings together scientists and engineers who carry out observational and theoretical research in radio astronomy and who develop and operate the ground and space-based radio astronomy facilities and instrumentation that are used to explore the universe at radio wavelengths.

June2014: Advice to Commission 40 members

IAU Commission Reform - Radio Astronomy Discussion Forum

In June 2014 the IAU issued an announcement on a plan for reforming the IAU Commissions:

Commission Reform: Call for Proposals for Commissions Issued.

This plan includes a call for proposals and the selection of new Commissions. All current Commissions will cease and, following a selection process, new Commissions will begin at the IAU General Assembly in August 2015.

IAU Commission 40 for Radio Astronomy was first established in 1948. In 1997 it became the only Commission in Division X, and in 2012 it became part of the new Division B. As at June 2014 this Commission has approximately 1140 members from 49 countries. Clearly, the discipline of radio astronomy has changed very significantly since 1948! The reform process provides an opportunity to review the goals of a Commission for radio astronomy and to consider how activities carried out through this can best meet the needs of its broad membership.

The current members of the Commission 40 Organizing Committee strongly support the development of a proposal for a ‘new’ Commission for Radio Astronomy. We would like to consult widely with the Commission 40 membership on this proposal. We also wish to identify individuals with an interest in being part of the founding organizing Committee for the new Commission.

We invite all members of Commission 40 to contribute to a discussion forum on these topics.

Commission 40 Web Discussion Forum

Nominations for Radio Astronomy Founding Organizing Committee

The proposal for a new Commission for Radio Astronomy will include the names of the Chair and three other individuals. Assuming the Commission is selected, these individuals will form the founding members of the Commision Organizing Committee.

Thank you to those who have registered their interest in this. We will send a response to the individuals concerned by end-August 2014. Individuals who are selected as founding members of the new Commission will be asked to help with the preparation of the letter of intent and full proposal to the IAU.

For further information please contact Jessica Chapman or Gabriele Giovannini (ggiovann[@]ira.inaf.it).