The SKA has been identified as a Landmark Project by the European Commission in its recently published research infrastructure Roadmap 2016, as part of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). ESFRI identifies research facilities of pan-European importance that are necessary to strengthen scientific excellence and competitiveness in the EU.
“Our status as an ESFRI Landmark Project recognises the SKA as a major research infrastructure for Europe. Delivering the world’s largest radio telescope requires international collaboration at European and indeed global level, and we look forward to further European participation in the SKA.” said Prof. Philip Diamond, SKA Organisation Director-General. Read more about the announcement at the SKA website.
Perth’s annual astronomy festival, Astrofest, was held on 12 March and a strong crowd of over 5,000 people attended to celebrate everything space and astronomy. The public was delighted by views of the night sky, interesting talks and interactive astronomy displays. The SKA was featured heavily at the event with both precursors, the MWA and CSIRO’s ASKAP, having their own displays. Read more about the event at the ICRAR website.