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Australia and New Zealand SKA project

The Square Kilometre Array, or SKA, is a global next-generation radio telescope project involving institutions from over 20 countries. The SKA will be the largest and most capable radio telescope ever constructed. During its 50+ year lifetime, it will expand our understanding of the universe and drive technological development worldwide. Australia and southern Africa will each host different SKA components.



March 2016


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n Monday 7 December the Australian Government announced the National Innovation and Science Agenda, which included funding to the tune of $293.7 million over 10 years to meet Australia’s initial commitment to the SKA. Although the funds are contingent on the successful outcome of ongoing international treaty negotiations, this announcement is a clear signal of the Australian Government’s commitment to the project.The funding will cover Australia’s site preparation, construction and initial operations commitments for SKA Phase 1.  More..

 

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Third Treaty Negotiations take place in Rome


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.

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Representatives from the SKA member countries during SKA IGO negotiations at the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome


SKA Identified as Landmark Project by the European Commission


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.

 


Second Annual OzSKA Conference held in Perth 


Australian Astronomers met on 8 April for the second annual OzSKA meeting to discuss developments in the SKA, with a focus not only on astronomy, but also technological development and the evolution of the SKA Organisation itself. Presentations on SKA-related science were given by many prominent radio astronomers, with policy and engineering updates provided by SKA Project Director David Luchetti and CSIRO’s Deputy of Astronomy and Space Science Sarah Pearce respectively. OzSKA was established last year to foster collaboration between Australian scientists who are, or would like to be, involved in the SKA. Driving this is the aim to build a community of knowledgeable scientists ready to make use of the SKA once it is constructed, and maximise science from the telescope. Read more about the 2016 event at the ANTF and CAASTRO websites.  ​

 
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Credit: Swinburne Astronomy Productions and
AADC Consortium

 


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