This is the first announcement of a meeting on the History of the SKA from the 1980s to 2012, to be held from 3 to 5 April 2019 at the SKA Organisation Headquarters at Jodrell Bank, just before the SKA Science Meeting from 8-12 April at the same location.
The 1980s-2012 period covers the time from early ideas about a large radio telescope up to the SKA site decision made by the newly established SKA Organisation. This period of SKA history is the subject of a book in preparation by the undersigned and should be of special interest to mega-science project proponents and enablers.
We plan to have a relatively small number of invited presentations on various themes (science, engineering, international collaboration, project politics and funding, site selection, and industry engagement) and to devote a third of the meeting to discussion on topics that range over the various themes, and also reflect on the SKA as a mega-science project. We hope that the discussion periods will afford many of the participants an opportunity to contribute to the meeting in an informal way that encourages cross-fertilisation of ideas and insights about the history of the SKA.
Richard Schilizzi, Ron Ekers, and Peter Hall