Dr. Sarah Pearce

Dr. Sarah Pearce


Dr Sarah Pearce joined CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) as Deputy Director in February 2011. Prior to this role, she was Project Manager for GridPP, the UK computing grid for particle physics. Sarah's previous experience includes time as a science advisor in the UK Parliament.

Sarah holds a PhD in X-ray astronomy from the University of Leicester and an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Oxford (Worcester College).

She is currently the Deputy Director of CASS, where she chairs the CASS Executive. Sarah has particular responsibility for CSIRO's role in the Square Kilometre Array project, and manages the CSIRO SKA Centre that co-ordinates CSIRO SKA activities. She has been Australian Science Director on the SKA Board, and part of the negotiating team for the SKA Convention.

Sarah also leads CASS's new Space Research Programme. This includes the CSIRO Centre for Earth Observation, which coordinates activity in EO across CSIRO and manages CSIRO's share of the NovaSAR satellite.

Presentation Summary

CSIRO is home to two of Australia’s national space facilities, the Australia Telescope National Facility and the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC), and will soon manage CSIRO's share of our newest national facility, the NovaSAR satellite. CSIRO also has world-leading capabilities in Earth observation data analytics and applications development, and is currently establishing several new initiatives to develop capability in relation to small satellite technology. This presentation will give an overview of the current role and capabilities of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS), and provide an update on Australian involvement in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio-astronomy project, the status of the Australian SKA Pathfinder, CSIRO’s partnership on the DMTC High Altitude Sensor Systems Program, and other recent developments.