SAAACC Meeting January 2017Hosted by FIU CIARA, the AmLight SAACC Spring meeting took place on January 10-11, 2017 at the Kovens Conference Center at the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus. The two-day meeting was organized in 2 parts: SAACC Meeting on Tuesday, January 10th, and Engineering Meeting on Wednesday, January 11th. The meeting gathered participants from several universities, organizations and research institutions from USA, Latin America, and Europe. Presentations from AURA, NRAO, ALMA, LSST, AmLight, REUNA, RNP, RedCLARA, and ANSP are available online here.

The SAACC is comprised of representatives from the various astronomy projects who are conducting projects or operating observatories in South America. The initial chair of the SAACC, Dr. R. Chris Smith, director of the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory and head of mission for AURA Observatory in Chile, provides oversight of the Chilean activities of CTIO, Gemini, SOAR, and LSST.

The SAACC is now in its 7th year and serves not only to provide input and advice to the AmLight PI, Dr. Julio Ibarra, Assistant Vice-President of the CIARA FIU and the Steering Committee on program and network needs, but also as a venue for coordinating the needs of these astronomical projects and institutions to improve their resource planning and implementation of operational connections between these distant facilities and users in the continental US and Latin-American Countries.

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