The six members of the AusSRC team standing next to a SKA Christmas tree antenna decorated in tinsel, baubles and a Christmas star on top. December 2021
L-R: Ms Kate Holmes, Mx Dev Null, Dr Karen Lee Waddell, Dr Gordon German, Mr David Pallot and Mr Austin Shen. December 2021. Credit: ICRAR/UWA

The end of year has quickly rolled around for the Australian SKA Regional Centre (AusSRC).

A unique challenge of the AusSRC is that staff work at different Partner Institution locations, meaning face to face gatherings with all employees present can be rare. The team congregated at the UWA node of ICRAR (International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research) for an end of year team meeting and lunch in mid-December. They shared highlights and ongoing projects, alongside word games involving a large beach ball for some fun.

2021 was an exciting year for the AusSRC, having secured $63 million in funding from the Federal Government to establish the long term future of the Perth-based centre.

2022 will mark the next phase of the AusSRC. The AusSRC Design Study Program, which started in mid-2019, will draw to a close in mid-2022. The AusSRC will become a standalone organisation, while maintaining strong relationships with its Partner Institutions (Curtin University, CSIRO, the University of Western Australia, and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre) and continue on from where the Design Study Program concluded.

One thing is for certain, there will be many more faces in the end of year 2022 staff photo as the AusSRC grows and enters the next exciting chapter.

From everyone at the AusSRC team, we wish you a restful and safe holiday break.