Acamar (θ Eridani, 天園六) is a bright naked-eye star visible from both Australia and China. In February 2013, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (“CAS)” and the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (“Industry”) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on areas of common interest within astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. The MoU required the establishment of a joint CAS/Industry working group, to monitor and encourage proposed areas of collaboration.
The first meeting of the joint CAS/Industry working group took place in Nanjing, China, on 11th November 2013. At this meeting, it was resolved to establish a joint China-Australia research centre in astronomy, the Australian-ChinA ConsortiuM for Astrophysical Research (ACAMAR). The centre was envisaged as a “virtual” centre, to serve as an umbrella and coordination point for bilateral astronomical collaborations. An MoU has since been signed by CAASTRO at the University of Sydney to facilitate this centre.
In Australia, ACAMAR aims to:
- build upon existing arrangements
- maximise the scientific return on investment in astronomy infrastructure;
- develop human capital in the field of astronomy; and
- enhance our common scientific understanding of the universe.
ACAMAR was officially launched in Beijing on Saturday 12th September 2015.
ACAMAR is also supported by the following organisations:
- Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
- Astronomy Australia Limited