Professor Carole Jackson new General and Scientific Director of ASTRON

21 February 2017

The Board of NWO has appointed Professor Carole Jackson as General and Scientific Director of ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy. Prof. Jackson is currently the Western Australian Premier’s Fellow at Curtin University, Director of the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy and a Science Director of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Perth, Australia. Prof. Jackson will assume her new position in the Netherlands in April 2017, to lead ASTRON through an exciting phase involving high-profile technical and scientific projects with partners in Europe and worldwide.

General and Scientific Director of ASTRON Carole JacksonGeneral and Scientific Director of ASTRON Carole Jackson

Prof. Jackson built her career in industry before moving into astronomy. She completed her PhD at
Cambridge University in 1997, then relocated to Australia where she held key roles in Australia’s
endeavours towards the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project. Prof. Jackson research
interests are in extragalactic radio astronomy and technology leadership through innovative
instrumentation and industry partnerships.

The right mix

“We’re excited to have Carole as our new General and Scientific Director”, according to Marco de
Vos, Managing Director of ASTRON. “She brings exactly the right mix of expertise for an institute like
ASTRON where the combination of astronomical research and technology development are key to
success.”

Decisive role

ASTRON is a long-time leading partner in the SKA, an international project to develop powerful radio
arrays to be sited in South Africa and Western Australia. Within this global and very ambitious
project prof. Jackson plays a decisive role, with her extensive knowledge and experience and her
substantial involvement in both the political, administrative and scientific aspects. Therefore, she is
also of great value to the Dutch astronomical community.

Key time

“I am excited to take up the leadership of ASTRON at this key time”, Carole Jackson responds on her
new appointment. “I look forward to guiding this team of highly skilled personnel to make significant
contribution to the next phase of the LOFAR telescope and the building of SKA. My aims are to
ensure ASTRON offers the Dutch radio astronomy community leading-edge facilities, invests in
innovative technology developments and engages industry in meaningful alliances.”

Influential papers

Professor Jackson’s research explores the concepts of unified models for radio-loud active galactic
nuclei (AGN) and their evolution over cosmic time, and also techniques to probe beyond the
confusion limit to understand subtle data effects. She is the author of influential papers informing
the design and planning of next-generation telescopes including the SKA.

Source: ASTRON Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy