Vision and Mission

The CAASTRO Vision

CAASTRO will be the international leader in wide-field astronomy, positioning Australia to address fundamental unsolved questions about the Universe with the dramatic capabilities of next-generation telescopes and advanced instrumentation.

Photo:  CAASTRO members and invited speakers at the 2012 Annual Retreat
in Cervantes, Western Australia

The CAASTRO Mission

CAASTRO will carry out key science with 21st century telescopes. Our underlying goals are:

Discover: To make ground-breaking advances in our understanding of the Universe, thereby cementing Australia’s reputation as a world leader in astrophysical research;

Innovate: To develop innovative new ways of surveying the entire sky, of processing enormous volumes of astronomical measurements, and of visualising complex data sets, so as to build unique expertise in wide-field radio and optical astronomy;

Perform: To make high-impact discoveries using SKA pathfinder telescopes, thus positioning Australia to lead the science programmes planned for the SKA;

Educate: To provide compelling new opportunities for students and early-career researchers and exciting stories to inform the public; and

Unite: To bring the top astronomers from Australia and around the world together into a focused collaborative environment.