Last week from 19-21 April the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome hosted the third Treaty negotiations to facilitate the transition of the SKA Organisation into an Intergovernmental Organisation (IGO). During the three days, the delegates from the project’s respective member countries participated in important discussions concerning matters on the Financial Protocol, Privileges & Immunities, Procurement and Intellectual Property Rights and the Operations & Access models. Each of these working groups are preparing relevant documentation that will form the basis of the Treaty and ultimately the structure of the organisation that will guide the SKA into an IGO. A fourth Treaty meeting will be held from 27-29 September to finalise the negotiation process. To read more about the negotiations visit the SKA Organisation website.
Representatives from the SKA member countries during SKA IGO negotiations at the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome
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.