NEWS & EDITORIAL New structure unites research councils POLICY UK Research and Innova- UKRI as an opportunity, for tion came into being at the start of STFC and for academics. His April this year, uniting all seven background is in experimen- Research Councils together with tal particle astrophysics, most Innovate UK and a new body, recently with the DUNE experi- Research England. At the same ment, which received £65m of time, Mark Thomson took over as direct government investment CEO of the Science and Technol- in 2017, to be part of a major Thank you to all ogy Facilities Council. US-led collaboration. “I see UKRI describes itself as an UKRI as a major opportunity,” our readers! independent body providing he said, speaking at the National a strong voice for research and Astronomy Meeting in Liverpool EDITORIAL I am, of course, innovation. A key role for such this year. “It’s a unie fi d voice pleased that people read A&G, a body – principally funded for research and innovation, but I’m especially grateful to through the science budget by “UKRI is a major opportunity” – Mark that can go to government and the Department for Business, Thomson, CEO STFC. (Univ. Cambridge) make our case. We in turn can be those 500-odd of you who Energy and Industrial Strategy more strategic and work across responded to our Readers’ – is to boost the connections that economic benet fi and in soci - research councils and across Survey at the turn of the year. support research, between gov- ety and culture, in the UK and subjects to tackle new challenges. I asked for your impressions, ernment, researchers, business abroad. How they will achieve And it provides a smoother path opinions and criticisms of A&G and the public. The overarching this will be set out in a UKRI for innovation.” – and you gave me plenty of goals are to deliver impact in strategy and corporate plan. UKRI http://www.ukri.org food for thought. The comments knowledge and understanding, Mark Thomson welcomed Thomson http://bit.ly/2w4ptBJ alone ran to 63 pages! The headline news is that UKRI funds the leaders of tomorrow First science RAS Fellows value A&G: 75% of respondents considered it an CAREERS One of the first ini - aim is to make it easier for people from MeerKAT important benefit of Fellowship tiatives to come out of the new to move between sectors, between and a further 10% as the most funding body UK Research and business and academia for exam- important benefit. That’s 85% Innovation aims to attract and ple, to develop new research and who value A&G highly. sustain outstanding researchers innovation career paths. I also found out that most with the potential to lead in t he There will be six calls for future. applications between now and people read the print issue of UKRI has made the Future 2020/21, and UKRI expects to A&G, and prefer to do so. Some Leaders Fellowships open to award around 100 fellowships of those who commented were applications from across the in each, across all UK research. unaware that they can read A&G UK research landscape, includ- The first round, for which online, for free. Just to be clear: all ing those working in business. applications close on 3 July this Fellows have online access to the The scheme offers long-term year, will be smaller, around 50 Society’s publications, including funding over seven years, with awards. Full details are on the a four+three-year model and a UKRI website. SKA The SKA Pathfinder tele - Monthly Notices and Geophysical review in year four. Part of the http://bit.ly/2JLkVCe scope MeerKAT (one antenna Journal International; for A&G shown above) has produced its there is even a full-issue pdf file first science paper, albeit with that you can download. only a fraction of its full 64 I’m grateful for your antenna array. The first published suggestions for topics and areas MeerKAT data combined with to cover – these are always X-ray data from a range of obser- vatories to explore an unusual welcome. I also liked to read variable magnetar. about likes and dislikes. I was Being built in the Northern pleased that there were more Cape province of South Africa, of the former than the latter, MeerKAT continued an observ- but one person’s favourite often ing sequence begun at the Parkes popped up as someone else’s 64 m radio telescope. The new pet hate! But there were excellent data were collected using 14 of the ideas that we hope to follow up 16 available antennas. The target was one of only four magnetars in the coming months. to have displayed radio emis- Thank you once again for all sion, PSR J1622-4950. It stopped the comments, criticisms and emitting X-rays in 2010 and radio compliments. If any more occur, emission stopped in 2014, but in don’t hesitate to get in touch. OUTREACH The European Southern Observatory has opened a new centre for the late 2016 it became active. The A&G is designed as a benefit to public to find out about its activities and the wonders of the universe. Supernova data, published in The Astrophysi- Fellows, but we benefit hugely is a science centre and planetarium, based at ESO Headquarters in Garching, cal Journal by Camilo et al., suggest from the work of Fellows too! Germany. Its architecture is inspired by a binary star system and the décor, such as that the new radio emission comes the striking ceiling shown above, ree fl cts the southern skies. (ESO/P Horálek) from a different place on the star. Sue Bowler, Editor http://eso.org/public/news/eso1813 http://bit.ly/2reYGgi 3.4 A&G • June 2018 • Vol. 59 • aandg.org Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/astrogeo/article-abstract/59/3/3.4/4995392 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 16 June 2018
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