The Association has been involved in various activities to foster and promote astronomical research in Canada. Generally the Executive Director, the Chair of the BOM and the Chair of the Institutional Council work together to ensure that the interests of the association are being represented. ACURA has been involved in the Coalition for Canadian Astronomy, a partnership consisting of CASCA, ACURA and industrial representatives that advocates for the long-term health of astronomy in Canada. An important role of the Coalition is the promotion of the Astronomy Long Range Plan, currently LRP2010. The highest ranked ground based project in the LRP2010 plan is the VLOT (currently the Thirty Meter Telescope).

A TMT Planning Committee has been struck to plan the advocacy for the TMT as we approach the submission of a proposal for a construction start in 2014. This committee consists of Coalition members plus the Chair and one other member of the CASCA LRP Implementation Committee (LRPIC). This committee is currently involved in assisting ACURA and its Coalition partners in planning and developing the following specific activities:

  • Meetings with Industry Canada and other levels pf Government to discuss the TMT and related Big Science Issues
  • The preparation of promotional TMT material to support the TMT
  • The preparation and submission of a pre-budget (2014) document to emphasize the economic benefits of the TMT and indicate the intent to submit a funding proposal for the 2015 Federal Budget.
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