The Science Advisory Committee (SAC) is a committee of the Thirty-Meter Telescope International Observatory LLC (TIO) Board of Directors. The SAC is an advisory committee, representing the scientific interests of the TIO Members, including making recommendations to the Board regarding science priorities and instrumentation.
The SAC is composed of regular members and ex-officio members who are appointed by the Board of Governors of the TMT International Observatory (TIO). Each Member may nominate up to three representatives to serve as regular SAC members plus one ex-officio member who is also a member of the Board. Each Associate may nominate up to three representatives to serve as regular SAC members and one ex-officio member who also participates on the TIO Board as defined in that Associate’s Memorandum of Agreement. During the term of the TMT sublease with University of Hawaii, University of Hawaii may nominate one representative to serve as a regular member of the SAC. In addition, the Project Scientist is an ex-officio member of the SAC. The SAC may recommend to the Chairperson of the Board nominations for SAC membership. Non-voting observers to the SAC from entities considering joining TMT may be approved by the Governing Board.
The SAC co-chairs meet biweekly by telephone. Meetings of the complete SAC normally occurs 4 times per year.
SAC responsibilities include: