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Wednesday, June 16 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
SKAO: Enabling Global Science through Radio Astronomy

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SKAO: Enabling Global Science through Radio Astronomy

Building on decades of preparatory work, the SKA Observatory (SKAO) was established earlier in 2021 as the intergovernmental organisation responsible for delivering the two radio telescope infrastructures, in Africa and Australia that comprise the Square Kilometre Array. With a membership of States and partners that spans the globe, the SKAO is unique, tackling unprecedented science challenges, whilst fostering a new paradigm of collaboration and sustainable, inclusive impact across its footprint.

We intend that construction activities for the SKA will begin later this year, with full scientific operation towards the end of this decade. However, the impact of SKAO is already evident, through its own initiatives and those of its partners, pathfinder facilities and collaborators. This session will take stock of the current scientific preparations, focusing on the collaboration globally, and then focussing on that with Africa. We will look at the importance of data, as a challenge in itself and then as an opportunity for social impact. Then finally, in these difficult times, we will look at a specific case study, where investment in radio astronomy has been key to a direct and life-saving response to the global COVID pandemic.

Programme (time is UT)

0900 Welcome words and introduction of the topic – Dr Simon Berry
0905 Science prospects with the SKA, including highlights from SKA pathfinders and precursors – Dr Anna Bonaldi
0920 Case study: EVN as a great scientific tool to strengthen collaboration, train people, develop skills and technologies – Dr Cristina Garcia-Miro
0935 Case study: the Trans-European LOFAR; connecting Europe to northern Africa through radio astronomy – Dr George Miley
0950 SKA Science Data Challenges: preparing the community for a new era in astronomy – Dr Philippa Hartley
1005 Developing the next generation of data scientists in South Africa – Dr Carolina Odman-Govender
1020 Beyond the science: socio-economic impact and sustainability; the SKAO case study – William Garnier
1035 From radio astronomy to the fight against Covid-19: a case study of the SARAO ventilators – Dr Adrian Tiplady
1050 Questions…
1058 Wrap up and closing remarks – Dr Simon Berry

Speakers
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George Miley

Emeritus Professor, Leiden University
Title of talk: LOFAR-EUNAME. A new Model for Combining Science with Capacity BuildingGeorge Miley is Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at Leiden University in the Netherlands and has authored several hundred papers on radio galaxies and quasars. He is a graduate of University College... Read More →
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Anna Bonaldi

Project scientist, SKA Observatory
Anna Bonaldi did her degree and her PhD in astronomy at the University of Padova (Italy) and specialised in cosmology – the study of the Universe as a whole. She first pursued this research by joining the Planck Collaboration, an extremely successful satellite experiment that mapped... Read More →
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Simon Berry

Director, Square Kilometer Array Observatory (SKAO)
Simon Berry is the Head of the Director General’s Office at the SKA Observatory (SKAO) the newly formed intergovernmental organisation responsible for the development and operation of cutting-edge radio telescopes that will transform our understanding of the Universe and deliver... Read More →
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William Garnier

Director of Communications, SKAO
William Garnier is Director of Communications, Outreach and Education at the SKA Observatory. In his position, William is in charge of developing and delivering the overarching Communications and Outreach strategy for the organisation. William is coordinating a network of communications... Read More →
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Philippa Hartley

Postdoctoral Fellow, SKA Observatory
Philippa Hartley is an SKAO postdoctoral fellow responsible for co-organising the SKA Science Data Challenge series. Having studied for a degree in Physics at the University of Liverpool, Philippa obtained an MSc and PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Manchester... Read More →
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Adrian Tiplady

Deputy Managing Director for Strategy and Partnerships, South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO)
Dr Adrian Tiplady is the Deputy Managing Director for Strategy and Partnerships at the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), which is responsible for implementing South Africa's strategic investments in radio astronomy. Over the last 16 years, he has been closely involved... Read More →
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Carolina Ödman-Govender

Associate Director of Development and Outreach, Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA)
Carolina Ödman-Govender is the Associate Director of Development and Outreach at IDIA. Trained in physics at EPFL in Switzerland, she holds a PhD in cosmology from Cambridge University, UK. After a Marie Curie research fellowship in Italy, she became the first international project... Read More →
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Cristina Garcia-Miro

Astronomer, Yebes Observatory of the National Astronomical Observatory in Spain (OAN/IGN)
Cristina studied Astronomy degree at the Complutense University in Madrid (Spain) and obtained the M. Sc. in Astrophysics from the University of Granada (Spain). In her first job she was controller and operator of the International Ultraviolet Explorer space telescope (IUE, ESA/NASA... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Zambia