At its May 2007 Meeting, The Gemini Board approved the Revised Terms of References of the Gemini Science Committee. These terms can be found in the following document: http://www.gemini.edu/science/GSC_Terms_of_Reference-final.pdf
The GSC will also assess the Observatory's responsiveness to the national scientific communities and evaluate the Observatory performance from a scientific point of view.
The GSC can as appropriate set up "Science Working Groups" to address specific questions and tasks.
The Chair of the GSC shall attempt to develop a consensus on major issues from the international membership of the GSC. In the event that a consensus cannot be achieved, the Chair will communicate the partner perspectives to the Director.
The Chair, in consultation with the Gemini Director and National Gemini Offices, shall determine the timing and frequency of GSC meetings. Normally at least one GSC meeting should be held at least one month prior to the November Gemini Board meeting.
The GSC Chair shall submit a formal written annual report, through the Gemini Director, to the Gemini Board, and should expect to attend at least one Gemini Board meeting a year.
As the Chair of the GSC is chosen from the current GSC membership, during the two-year term as Chair, the Chair's National Gemini Office will have the opportunity to nominate a replacement. Since the Chair of the GSC exercises an international role the Gemini Observatory will pay all the Chair's travel costs consistent with AURA policy.