|Alain Berinstain||Louise Beauchamp||John Manuel||Sacha Koustov|
|Thomas Piekutowski||Ron Wilkinson||Jean-Pierre Bernard||T. Jayachandran|
|Marianna Shepherd||Godelieve Deblonde||Martin Bergeron||David Thompson|
|Stela Melo||Randall Martin||Jean-Pierre St-Maurice||Richard Marchand|
|Bruce McArthur||Louis-Philippe Beaudoin||Laryssa Trichtchenko||David Knudsen|
|Doug Degenstein||Norman O'Neil||Pierre Langlois|
9:10 D. Knudsen: Adoption of the agenda. D. Knudsen presenting for Summers, Connors and Noel. S. Koustov doing the Saskatchewan updates. No other changes required. Minutes adopted unanimously.
Objectives of the meeting:
9:25 T. Piekutowski: CSA Reorganization: No major change from a user standpoint. CSA will continue to be receptive to external ideas. Mission selection process will evolve. PAA (program activity architecture document) requires CSA activity to meet Canadian needs for scientific knowledge, innovation and information.
Three new business lines at CSA:
TP: "Mission selection will progress toward a transparent and open process."
JP St-Maurice: SAEAC scientists more related to SS&T than utilization.
TP: Science is required to achieve utilization results. In this sense, SAEAC advises CSA on how to improve the performance indicators (forecast accuracy, for example). SS&T more focused on health of the community (how many teachers, students, programs...)
T. Jayachandran: Request clarification between exploration and utilization. Exploration deals with outside of earth, astronomy, planets. Utilization deals with Earth-related.
10:00 A. Berinstain on SS&T
Bruce McArthur: Impact on Grants and Contributions on intellectual property. Alain Berinstain: IP mainly stays with the recipient of the G&C. Devil is in the details.
Q: Can university A contract university B following a grant?
Alain Berinstain: Splitting grant money is not allowed. Contribution can be split. NSERC can split grant money (special case). Can have multi party grant agreements.
Q: Are agreements grant-specific?
Alain Berinstain: Can work from a template, pretty flexible, University overhead is allowed (15-20%)
P. Langlois: G&C not specific to SS&T
Alain Berinstain: Correct, anyone in CSA can use Grant&Contribution mechanism.
Bruce: Question on clarification on capacity building.
Alain Berinstain: Any work related to a mission (pre-pre-pre phase 0) is utilization. If no mission is identified, it is capacity building.
T. Jayachandran: Mechanism of the grants & contributions program
Alain Berinstain: Will be 2-3 years to complete, but will have a program put in place.
11:30 Marilyn Steinberg: Space learning activities.
CSA provides materials relating to Canada's space program for 1.85M students annually at levels K-12 and beyond. CSA training is available for presenters at "subject-matter workshops".
Grants & Contributions program is designed for not-for-profit programs; targets undergraduates. Need bridges from undergraduate to graduate-level training. See "Space Learning" and "Space Awareness" on CSA website; contact is Jason Clement.
11:55 Louise Beauchamp: Suborbital Workshop + university liaison report.
There were ~180 participants in CSA's sub-orbital/nanosat workshop held April 14-16. Objectives were to assess current usage and desirability of Canadian and/or international launch sites. A report is currently in preparation.
12:20 Thomas Piekutowski: Grants & Contributions
As of April 2010 CSA is authorized to use Grants and Contributions as a new tool to support research activities in Canada, as an alternative to contracts. The next step is to design programs that will utilize them. This will take some time.
13:35 Diner Invitation
13:40 Martin Bergeron: PHEMOS
PHEMOS winning teams are expected to be announced by the week of May 3.
14:00 Thomas on Space Utilization advisory committees
14:55 JP St-Maurice: NASA Explorer AO.
Currently no mechanism within CSA for Canadian scientists to propose to provide instruments to US-led teams responding to an upcoming NASA AO. CSA would like SAEAC's input regarding the role of such opportunities in CSA's overall program. (Later in the meeting the CSA president stated that collaborations with NASA remain an important part of CSA's program and that collaborative opportunities should be looked at on a case-by-case basis.)
15:25 Marianna Shepherd: SCOSTEP & CAWSES II
The international SCOSTEP secretariat is moving to York University in the near future, with M. Shepherd as its new Secretary General.
16:25 L.Trichtchenko on University of Waterloo, Université of Montreal, DRAO, NRCan updates
17:00 T. Jayachandran :University of New Brunswick update
17:05 D.Thompson: Queen's University update
17:15 A. Koustov U of Saskatchewan update
The Saskatoon SuperDARN group continues research with HF radars as the main instrument. In terms of scientific personal, Dr. M. Watanabe became an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, starting from April 2010. Two MSc students (X. Yan and H. Liu) graduated and moved for PhD studies elsewhere. The SuperDARN network experiences currently fast expansion with two new radars started operation in the southern hemisphere (Falkland Islands and McMurdo) and two new radars in the northern hemisphere (Fort Hayes, Kansas, East and West). The Saskatoon team has identified a place for a new PolarDARN radar (funded through the Resolute Bay incoherent scatter radar CFI grant), Clyde River. The group is actively involved in CaNoRock project. Future is discussed with respect to the Canadian Balloon Research facility that is planned to be built in Saskatoon area as a joint venture of the CSA and U of Saskatchewan.
17:25 R. Marchand U of Alberta update
17:30 D.Knudsen updates on U of Calgary, Athabasca, Newfoundland, Royal Military College (N/A)
The Athabasca University Geophysical Observatory Upgrades of Research Infrastructure (AUGOURI) is now fully funded by CFI and the province of Alberta and construction is expected to be complete for the 2010-2011 winter observing season.
Memorial University of Newfoundland has proposed a Chapman conference on "Dynamics of the Earth's Radiation Belts and Inner Magnetosphere" to be held in St. John's in July 2011. Conveners are Professors Danny Summers (MUN), Ian Man (U of A), and Dan Baker (Colorado).
RMC is in the process of hiring two new faculty in space physics.
All: advise on the composition and size of a science advisory committee for Atmospheric and ST, role of university, government, users, modellers.
All: Thomas requests guidance on % of budget, % missions of participation in foreign space opportunities, vs Canadian only given the CSA limited resources.
All: Advise CSA on a matrix/way of evaluating proposals from a scientific point of view.
April 28 2010 Morning: Solar Terrestrial sub-committee
T. Jayachandran mentioned a wiki will be available at the end of may 2010 to connect the Solar Terrestrial DASP community
KPI (key performance indicators) suggestions proposed last year (allow feedback in NSERC Form 100 format with one form per PI instead of project-based; add a way to identify contributions that include scientific data or theoretical work produced with CSA report). ) by SAEAC were not included in the CSA requests sent to PIs in early 2010. (not significant to the minister?)
(N.B. SAEAC/SE recommendations on KPI in response to CSA's request for feedback at meeting 44 were sent by the SAEAC/SE chair to PL 5-May-2010.)
9:30 John Manuel on CGSM
9:55 JP St-Maurice mentioned CGSM science meeting planned for June 7, 2010 does not allocate enough time for constructive scientific discussion (too much PR, not enough science).
SAEAC/SE recommended that John Manuel convey to the CGSM meeting chair, Emma Spanswick, that the workshop might focus on science relating to the large magnetic storm on ~5 April 2010.
10:00 Andrew Yaw: e-POP update
Spacecraft currently "sleep mode"; launch before June 2011 unlikely.
10:20 Andrew Yau: ISWEAT update
Concept study completed 2009/02; currently anticipating RFP from CSA via which to propose continuation of this project.
10:40 I. Mann: ORBITALS
Currently undergoing Phase A2 study ($2.6M) for risk reduction, with a final review in October 2010. Possibility for MORE team to seek funding for US instruments through an upcoming NASA Stand-Alone MissiON (SALMON) of Opportunity AO. The ORBITALS project team has requested that the CSA Executive formally approve continuation of the project through a Project Approval Document (PAD) for Phase B+.
11:10 E. Donovan: THEMIS
22 Ground-Based Observatories (GBOs) currently operating, 16 (17 including PGEO) in Canada.
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA - February 27th through March 4th, 2011
Andreas Keiling (UCLA) and Eric Donovan (U of C)
11:30 E. Donovan: Resolute Bay Incoherent Scatter Radar
The CFI award and matching funding will be finalized and the project will commence formally by July 2010 at the latest with radar shipment to Resolute in summer 2011. CSA is not a funding partner in this project however there are potential scientific synergies with many CSA-sponsored projects (THEMIS, Swarm, ePOP, PCW, PEARL, etc).
April 28 2010 Morning: Atmosphere Science sub-committee.
The meeting was open at 9:15 by Bruce McArthur
Overview on current missions: basically all is moving well. Main discussion topic:
Stella Melo/Ron Wilkinson:
Discussion as a group: What should this committee look like from now on?
ACTION: this committee will meet in telecom model within two weeks time frame to refine the discussion on the 'new shape' the committee would take.
April 28 2010 Afternoon: Plenary
CSA President Steve Maclean spoke to the committee for ~45 minutes. Highlights:
CSA would like a "scan" of instrumentation available in Canada, including technical readiness level (TRL). Requests a set of criteria against which to select instruments for flight.
Next priorities include 1) sub-orbital/nanosat program following the April workshop at CSA, 2) stabilization of university-based teams, 3) Space Chairs in collaboration with NSERC and CFI.
Goal of maintaining Canada's status as a member of the top five spare-faring nations.
Following the visit from Steve Maclean the two sub-committees met to discuss responses to CSA's request for feedback on committee structures and project selection.
There was general agreement that the advisory committees should continue as vehicles to facilitate communication between CSA and the community, though at least one member suggested that the combination of Space and Atmospheric Environment into one committee may not be optimal in the future.
There was considerable discussion along the lines that university-based researchers are well qualified recommend project selection criteria relating to scientific, technical and training merit, but are less able to comment on programmatic issues and government priorities. The NASA model was discussed in which proposals are first ranked by review committees solely on their scientific and technical merit, followed by application of programmatic factors by CSA. This model could be modified for use in the Canadian system by having review panels consider the proposal's training plan as well, and by having panels assess the scientific and training outcomes of past projects led by the same teams.
Further discussion will need to take place via email or at upcoming meetings.
Meeting adjourned at 15:15.