Under Paul VandenBout as Chairman, a Visiting Committee appointed by the IRAM Executive Council has started its work to advise on IRAM's long-term future. In addition to the Chaiman, the following members have accepted to serve on this evaluation panel: Chris Carilli, Richard Hills, Malcolm Longair, Anneila Sargent, and Malcolm Walmsley.
The committee has been given the following mandate:
As an input to this process, IRAM will try to compile feedback from the current users of the IRAM Observatories about questions like how much the instrumentation, the observing modes, the software, and the data reduction support that are offered are optimised for their respective scientific projects, and what future instrumentation/observing modes the users would like to see. We will use the e-mail distribution list of the Newsletter to make this inquiry.