3-5 April 2019
Europe/London timezone

Conference Programme

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

Programme

27 March 2019

We would like to invite meeting participants to make suggestions for additional topics in the discussion sessions, and send them to richard.schilizzi@manchester.ac.uk. These will be reviewed in the first segment of Session 2 on 3 April, chaired by Ron Ekers.

 

3 April 2019

 

 

0830-0900

Registration

 

Session 1

Welcome and Overview

Session Chair: Thijs van de Hulst

0900-0910

Welcome to SKAO HQ

Phil Diamond

0910-0915

Outline of the Meeting

Richard Schilizzi

0915-0945

The SKA Story, Parts 1 and 2

Richard Schilizzi

0945-1015

Early development of the SKA concept including the evolution of the science case

Ron Ekers

1015-1045

Evolution of the SKA Design

Peter Hall

1045-1115

Coffee Break and registration

 

Session 2

 

Chair: Mike Garrett

1115-1135

Review of potential discussion topics during the meeting

Ron Ekers, meeting participants

 

SKA science: I

 

1135-1225

The first ideas

i) Peter Wilkinson, ii)Jan Noordam, iii)Ron Ekers, iv)Leonid Gurvits, v)Peter Dewdney, vi)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 (Joe Lazio, 2-3 mins)  
  2. are KSPs required by funding agencies? (Richard Wade, 2-3 mins )
  3. science requirements analysis (Carole Jackson 2003-4 era, 2-3 mins; Joe Lazio PrepSKA-TDP era, 2-3 mins)
  4. impact of the KSPs on the SKA design (Peter Dewdney, 2-3 mins)
  5. maintaining the interest of the astronomical community in a long-term project (Tony Beasley, 2-3 mins)

 

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. Site selection in other mega-science projects (Peter Tindemans, 6-7 mins )
  2. did we engage with the funding agencies too early as far as site selection was concerned? (Richard Wade, 2-3 mins)

 

 

END OF DAY 1

 

1730-1900

Welcome reception at SKAO HQ

 

4 April

 

 

Session 5

SKA Conceptual Design: I

Bo Peng

0900-0930

Small diameter dish arrays

Justin Jonas

0930-1000

Mid-frequency Aperture Arrays

Arnold van Ardenne

1000-1030

Low frequency Aperture Arrays

Michiel van Haarlem

1030-1100

Coffee break

 

Session 6

SKA Conceptual Design: II

Chair: Peter Dewdney

1100-1130

Phased Array Feeds

Dave DeBoer

1130-1145

Software & computing ideas and development

Paul Alexander

1145-1155

FAST

Bo Peng

1155-1245

Topics for discussion on Global Engineering Collaboration in the SKA

  1. SKADS (Arnold van Ardenne, 2-3 mins)
  2. PrepSKA (Phil Diamond, 2-3 mins)
  3. TDP (Jill Tarter, 2-3 mins)
  4. CASPER (Justin Jonas, 2-3 mins)
  5. Impact of internationalism /cross-fertilisation on national radio astronomy developments (Bernie Fanaroff, 2-3 min)
  6. Impact of Precursors and Pathfinders on the SKA design (Peter Dewdney, 2-3 mins )

 

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

i) Russ Taylor (CA), ii) Ron Ekers (AU), iii) Rob Adam (RSA), iv) Arnold van Ardenne (NL); v) 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 (Rob Adam 2-3 mins)
  2. is there a better means to coordinate national decisions on funding a global project like the SKA (Ian Corbett, 2-3 mins, Martin Gallagher 5-6 mins)
  3. role of procurement expectations in the development and conduct of the project (Simon Berry, 2-3 mins)

 

 

END OF DAY 2

 

1845-2300

Conference Dinner

18.45 pre-dinner drinks

19.30 dinner

Conference dinner speaker: 

Prof. Sir Tejinder Virdee, Imperial College London,

“Reflections on large science projects from a CERN perspective”

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 and contracting

 

i) Tony Barry (Aurecon)

ii) Lu Yu (CETC54)

iii) Isak Theron (EMSS)

iv)Peter Mathewson (BAe SYSTEMS)

1000-1030

Discussion topics:

  1. managing industry expectations (Carole Jackson, 2-3 mins; Nigel Rix, 2-3 mins )
  2. what did we learn from industry (Arnold van Ardenne, 2-3 mins; Tracy Cheetham,  2-3 mins)

 

1030-1100

Coffee

 

Session 10

SKA as a Mega-science project

Chair: Phil Crosby

1100-1125

SKA as a Mega-science project

Phil Crosby

1125-1145

Mega projects

Nuno Gil

1145-1200

Scale of data processing challenge

Marco de Vos

1200-1230

Discussion topics:  

  1. Optimism bias – initial projected timescales, science scope creep, cost estimation and cost over-runs of large scientific projects
  2. Costs and benefits of internationalism in the SKA project

Panel

Chair: Phil Crosby

Members:

Tony Barry

Stefan Michalowski

Khotso Mokhele

Tejinder Virdee

1230-1330

Lunch

 

Session 11

Wrap up

Chair: Khotso Mokhele

1330-1430

Panel discussion on The SKA: past and present

Topics:

. Were the large scale precursors a help or a hindrance for radio astronomy and the SKA?

· Pros and cons of international collaboration

· Were the key science drivers a help or a hindrance 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: 

Bernie Fanaroff  

Bo Peng

Colin Lonsdale

Elena Righi-Steele

Peter Tindemans

1430-1450

SKAO reflections on lessons learned

Phil Diamond/ Joe McMullin

1450-1500

Closing words

Richard Schilizzi

 

END OF MEETING

 

 

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