Gravity visualisation on earth’s surface rendered in GPlates desktop software. Image: Dietmar Muller, EarthByte Group at the School of Geosciences, The University of Sydney.

Dear AuScope community,

It has been a busy but exciting couple of months since our last update in May 2017. We have started a new financial year and with it a new funding cycle. We are currently operating with two years of NCRIS funding from the Commonwealth which is allowing us to take some time to assess our current programs and the AuScope model in general, as well as do some strategic planning for the coming five and ten-year periods and finally, to the fill some of the gaps in our current eResearch architecture.

The delivery of the Chief Scientist’s National Research Infrastructure Roadmap has led to the initiation of an implementation planning activity within the Departments of Education and Industry involving gathering data about current infrastructure capacity and possible future funding levels – a process that AuScope has been actively contributing to. Thank you again to those that helped us put together our submissions to this activity.

We are also excited to welcome a new member to the AuScope team. Jo Condon has started as the new Marketing and Communications Manager based in the Melbourne office. I would like to welcome Jo and I am sure that many of you will interact with her in some way over the coming months. If you have any material for our communications, or anything that you would like to promote, please do not hesitate to get in touch with her at

I would also like to congratulate AuScope SAM (Simulation, Analysis, Modelling) Program Director, Louis Moresi, who has been awarded American Geophysical Union Fellowship for exceptional contribution to Earth and Space Science.  A very well-deserved honour.

Tim Rawling


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