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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.

Australia Announces $293.7 Million in SKA Funding

On Monday 7 December 2015, the Australian Government took an important step towards hosting the SKA when the Prime Minister announced a provisional funding allocation for the project as part of its National Innovation and Science Agenda. As part of the announcement, $293.7 million over 10 years was set aside to meet Australia’s initial commitment to the SKA. More...



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Second treaty negotiations meeting complete

The second negotiations meeting to establish the SKA Organisation as an intergovernmental organisation regulated by a treaty – similar to CERN and ESO – has recently ended in Rome, Italy, at the Accademia dei Lincei.

Read more at the SKA Organisation website



India joins SKA Organisation

SiginingPhoto21.jpgThe Indian Government has signed the SKA Membership Agreement, taking India from Associate Member to Member of the SKA Organisation. SKA Director General Professor Phil Diamond and Indian Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy Dr R. K. Sinha signed documents on Monday 5 October in Mumbai, India.

Read more about India's membership at the SKA Organisation website.





Australia-China stars shine brightly at ACAMAR launch


Nobel Laureate and ANU Professor of Physics Brian Schmidt  has received a rock star-like welcome in China, presenting to packed university auditoriums and launching the latest Australia-China astronomy collaboration. Following a series of highly successful lectures, Professor Schmidt officially launched the Australia-ChinA ConsortiuM for Astrophysical Research (ACAMAR) on 12 September 2015. Named after a bright star visible from both China and Australia, ACAMAR will see China and Australia further cooperate in areas of astronomy including infrastructure and human capital development.

Read more about Professor Schmidt's China visit.


The Australian SKA Office has a new Twitter account!

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Twitter page aims to provide you with the latest updates, multimedia and communications about the SKA project and its Australian stakeholders, and the opportunity to connect international partners, astronomers, researchers, industry members and the general public in an online conversation about this transformational project.


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