Centre of Australian Category Theory, Macquarie University :: Managerial Statements
CoACT Managerial Statements
Since 1971, the focal point of our Centre has been an active Seminar. A Seminar is not an appropriate structure to define our group nor to support its activities. Our activities go beyond the usual functioning of a single department in the University. This is clear from the fact that Street is in the Mathematics Department, Johnson is in the Computing Department, and other senior members are from the University of Sydney. In the main, funding for the Centre comes to Macquarie to administer, so it is appropriate that it should be a Macquarie University Research Centre. All members at Macquarie are in the Division of Information and Communication Sciences, so the Centre should be housed in that Division. Recognition as a Centre will be a strong sign to the international community and funding bodies that the University supports our operations. It will also allow researchers who wish to interact with us to negotiate better with their institutions for funding and research travel leave.
As a Centre we will have new obligations to view our activities corporately and to publicise them, report on them, and seek to develop them in the interests of the Centre's objectives rather than merely our own personal preferences. The existence of the Centre, its reports, and its publicity, will aid in attracting external participants to its work, whether they be students from other parts of Australia or the world, potential staff, or industrial partners for our more applied researches. All of this is particularly important since the individual workers of the Centre, members and associates, come from such diverse backgrounds. Similarly, as a Centre we will be able to formalise links that at present are ad hoc and often administered by individual members, although usually for the benefit of the (albeit not presently clearly defined) group. Furthermore, as a Centre we will be able to manage and plan the expenditure of the income from the Scott Johnson memorial donation in the pursuit of commonly agreed scientific goals.