ANU abandoning humanities for space

johnboy 29 August 2013

As the Australian National University makes does away with pesky messy humanities it’s good to hear the focus is turning to a place with a vanishingly small presence of messy meatbags, space:

A multimillion dollar Space and Spatial Innovation Partnership, to be headquartered at Mount Stromlo, will create industry growth and jobs.

Federal funding was announced today for the Innovation Partnership which is a collaboration between industry, government, defence, research and education organisations, with ANU as a core partner.

The Partnership will strengthen the University’s links to the space industry and open up opportunities for research using satellites and space-derived data.

ANU Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington said that the capabilities of the University in the area of space research were beyond any other university in Australia.

“ANU has a long history in the space and spatial industries and is committed to continuing research leadership in these areas as manifested through hosting the Partnership,” she said.

The ANU Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC), a world-class facility for the assembly and testing of space-based instruments and small satellites, is a key facility in the Partnership.

Professor Matthew Colless, Director of the Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics, says that this sort of collaboration is vital for the future of science in Australia.

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