The Armagh Observatory is a modern astronomical research institute with a rich heritage, the oldest scientific institution in Northern Ireland. Its principal function is to carry out front-line scientific research in astronomy and related sciences; an important secondary activity is to pursue a high-profile and high value-for-money programme of education and public outreach. The Observatory's principal objectives during 2005 and the coming Financial Year 2005/2006 are to:
The key task for the year is to obtain a stable level of core funding and to obtain resources to secure the recruitment of additional research staff. This is to maintain current activity and to lay a strong foundation for the forthcoming Research Assessment Exercise (2002-2007), which has a census date 31 October 2007.
Appended to this report for Calendar Year 2004 (Financial Year 2004/2005) are lists covering (A) Membership of the Management Committee and Board of Governors, (B) Staff Members, (C) Refereed Journal Publications, (D) Presentations by Observatory Staff, (E) Lectures and Seminars held at the Armagh Observatory, and (F) Identified Media Citations.
Following a decision by the DCAL to consolidate the New TSN policies of the agencies, NDPBs and Statutory Bodies that it currently supports, the Armagh Observatory and Armagh Planetarium policies on New Targeting Social Need were incorporated during 2003 into an overarching DCAL joint policy. The Armagh Observatory's component of this New TSN policy (valid from 1 January 2005) can be viewed at: http://star.arm.ac.uk/TSN.html, and is included here for completeness in Appendix G.