The RAS President offers to mediate between the Gemini Board and STFC.
On 13 December 2007 the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) submitted a proposal to remove the UK's access to Gemini South by 2009, but to retain access to Gemini North until the end of the current Gemini agreement in 2012. On 25 January 2008 STFC was informed that the Gemini Board had rejected this. STFC now proposes to issue formal notice to withdraw from Gemini completely.This has caused dismay to the astronomical community.
Following consultation, the Council of the RAS authorised its President to send the following letter to the Gemini Board in the hope of salvaging something from the current impasse:
"Dear Gemini Board,
(President, Royal Astronomical Society)"