3-5 April 2019
Europe/London timezone

Conference Programme

Programme

Meeting on the Early History of the SKA: 1980s-2012

7 December 2018

 

3 April 2019

 

 

0830-0900

Registration

 

Session 1

Welcome and Overview

Session Chair: Thijs van der Hulst

0900-0910

Welcome to SKAO HQ

Phil Diamond

0910-0915

Outline of the Meeting: Themes and Discussions, logistics

Richard Schilizzi

0915-0945

Historical overview of the SKA including key decisions

Richard Schilizzi

0945-1015

Early development of the SKA concept including the evolution of the science case, and the opportunity for a global big science project

Ron Ekers

1015-1045

Evolution of the SKA Conceptual Design: concepts, prototypes, (system) engineering process; RFI measurements

Peter Hall

1045-1115

Coffee Break and registration

 

Session 2

 

Chair: Mike Garrett

1115-1145

Review of potential discussion topics during the meeting

Ron Ekers, meeting participants

 

SKA science: I

 

1145-1225

The first ideas

Peter Wilkinson, Jan Noordam, Ron Ekers, Peter Dewdney, Jill Tarter

1225-1245

Key Science Projects  for the SKA

Chris Carilli

1245-1345

Lunch

 

Session 3

SKA science: II

Chair: Carole Jackson

1345-1355

The Key Science Project Down-select in 2010

Mike Garrett

1355-1415

Discovery space – an under-rated Key Science Project?

Ken Kellermann

1415-1515

Discussion topics:

  1. positioning of the SKA wrt large ground-based optical projects and other wavelength regimes including space
  2. are KSPs required by funding agencies?
  3. science requirements analysis
  4. impact of the KSPs on the SKA design
  5. maintaining the interest of the astronomical community in a long-term project

Discussion leaders tbc

1515-1545

Coffee

 

Session 4

Site selection

Chair: Richard Schilizzi

1545-1600

Telescope site short-listing in 2006

Jim Moran

1600-1610

International SKA Project Office HQ selection in 2007

Anton Zensus

1610-1620

SKAO HQ selection in 2011

Simon Berry

1620-1635

Telescope site selection process and selection criteria 2010-12

Vernon Pankonin

1635-1650

Telescope Site Options WG 2012

Paul Alexander

1650-1730

Discussion topics:

  1. did we engage with the funding agencies too early as far as site selection was concerned?
  2. Site selection in other mega-science projects

Discussion leaders tbc

 

END OF DAY 1

 

1730-1900

Welcome Reception at SKAO HQ

To be confirmed

4 April

 

 

Session 5

SKA Conceptual Design: I

Bo Peng

0900-0930

Small diameter dish arrays

Justin Jonas

0930-1000

Low frequency Aperture Arrays

Michiel van Haarlem

1000-1030

Mid-frequency Aperture Arrays

Arnold van Ardenne

1030-1100

Coffee break

 

Session 6

SKA Conceptual Design: II

Chair: Peter Hall

1100-1130

Phased Array Feeds

Dave DeBoer

1130-1145

Software ideas and development

Paul Alexander

1145-1155

FAST

Bo Peng

1155-1245

Topics for discussion on Global Engineering Collaboration in the SKA

  1. SKADS, PrepSKA, TDP, CASPER
  2. Impact of internationalism /cross-fertilisation on national radio astronomy developments
  3. Impact of Precursors and Pathfinders on the SKA design

Discussion leaders tbc

 

 

 

 

 

                                 

1245-1345

Lunch

 

Session 7

Project Politics and Funding: I

Session Chair: Jill Tarter

1345-1445

National motivations to join the SKA project; funding models

Russ Taylor (CA)

Ron Ekers (AU)

Rob Adam (RSA) 

Arnold van Ardenne (NL)

 Ken Kellermann (USA)

1445-1500

Why isn’t the US involved in the SKA?

Ethan Schreier

1500-1520

Ministry/Funding Agency views on the project evolution (science, innovation, site selection,..), ESFRI recognition in Europe

John Womersley

1520-1550

Coffee

 

Session 8

Project Politics and Funding: II

Chair: Bernie Fanaroff

1550-1605

OECD Mega-science Forum and the SKA

Stefan Michalowski

1605-1620

Options for SKA as a Legal Entity

Patricia Vogel

1620-1720

Discussion topics:

  1. Strategies for getting big science projects approved
  2. is there a better means to coordinate national decisions on funding a global project like the SKA)
  3. role of procurement expectations in the development and conduct of the project

Discussion leaders tbc

 

END OF DAY 2

 

1900-2300

Conference Dinner at Cranage Hall

After dinner speaker: tbc

5 April

 

 

Session 9

Industry engagement with the SKA

Chair: Phil Crosby

0900-1000

Views from industry including what was learnt from the radio astronomy community

 

Bruce Elmegreen (IBM)

Lu Yu (CETC54, China)

Tony Barry (Aurecon)

Isak Theron (EMSS, South Africa)

1000-1030

Discussion topics:

  1. managing industry expectations;
  2. what did we learn from industry

Discussion leaders tbc

1030-1100

Coffee

 

Session 10

SKA as a Mega-science project

Chair: Peter Hall

1100-1130

SKA as a Mega-science project

Phil Crosby

1130-1230

Discussion topics:  

  1. Optimism bias – science scope creep, cost estimation and cost over-runs of large scientific projects
  2. initial projected timescales of large scientific projects 
  3. scale of data processing challenge
  4. Has the SKA brought new insights to the conduct of global projects?
  5. Costs and benefits of internationalism in the SKA project

Discussion leaders tbc

1230-1330

Lunch

 

Session 11

Wrap up

Chair: Phil Mywara

1330-1430

Panel discussion on The SKA: past and present

Topics:

Were the large scale precursors good or bad for radio astronomy?

· Was international collaboration the best way to go?

· Were the key science drivers a good or a bad for the project?

· Did we engage with governments and funding agencies too early or too late?

· Was an intermediate stage like SKA1 a required step on the way to the full SKA?

 

Chair: Ron Ekers

Panel members: tbc

1430-1450

SKAO reflections on lessons learned

Phil Diamond/ Joe McMullin

1450-1500

Closing words

Richard Schilizzi

 

END OF MEETING

 

 

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