SKA History Conference

SKA Global Organisation Headquarters, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Lower Withington Cheshire SK11 9DL United Kingdom

SKA History Meeting

3rd Announcement, 25 February 2019

The meeting on the History of the SKA from the 1980s to 2012 will be held from 3 to 5 April 2019 at the SKA Organisation Global Headquarters at Jodrell Bank, UK.

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.

Programme (see “conference programme” tab)

The program has two main components:

  1. Invited presentations on various themes (science, engineering, international collaboration, project politics and funding, site selection, industry engagement, and mega-science), and;
  2. Discussions, taking up about a third of the meeting, on topics that range over the various themes, and also reflect on the SKA as a mega-science project. There will be short introductions to the discussion topics.

We expect the discussion periods will provide participants with 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, and increases our collective understanding of the development of the SKA and mega-science projects in general.


Payment of the registration fee can be done by bank transfer or credit card (see ” conference payment” tab) Invoices for the fee can be issued by the SKA Organisation on request to the LOC ( An email receipt will be issued after payment has been received.

Hotel block booking

The block booking at a special rate for meeting participents at Cranage Hall near Jodrell Bank (see "venue and accommodation" tab) is no longer available since the deadline has now passed. Bus transport for participants to SKAO Global Headquarters for the meeting will depart from and return to Cranage Hall on a daily schedule throughout the conference.

Conference Dinner

The Conference Dinner will be held on the evening of 4 April at Cranage Hall; the cost of the dinner is included in the registration fee. The conference dinner speaker will be Professor Sir Tejinder Singh Virdee FRS, from Imperial College London. Accompanying guests are welcome at the dinner which will cost £35 per person. This can be paid at the time of registration.

Any questions about payments and local arrangements can be directed to

We look forward to seeing you here at Jodrell Bank in April!

Richard Schilizzi, Ron Ekers, and Peter Hall

(on behalf of the SOC and LOC)

  • Adrian Tiplady
  • Andrew Faulkner
  • Anthony Barry
  • Anton Zensus
  • Arnold van Ardenne
  • Bernard Fanaroff
  • Bo Peng
  • Carole Jackson
  • chris carilli
  • Colin Greenwood
  • Colin Lonsdale
  • David DeBoer
  • David Eggleton
  • Elena Righi-Steele
  • Eloy de Lera Acedo
  • Ethan Schreier
  • Gary Davis
  • George Nicolson
  • Guy Trangos
  • Ian Corbett
  • Isak Theron
  • Jacob Baars
  • James Moran
  • Jan Noordam
  • Jill Tarter
  • Jingnan LI
  • John Womersley
  • Joseph Callingham
  • Joseph Diamond
  • Joseph Lazio
  • Joseph McMullin
  • Justin Bray
  • Justin Jonas
  • Keith Grainge
  • Kenneth Kellermann
  • Khotso Mokhele
  • Leonid Gurvits
  • Marco de Vos
  • Martin Gallagher
  • Matthew Lilley
  • Michael Garrett
  • Michelle Cooper
  • Michiel van Haarlem
  • Miriam Roelofs
  • Nigel Rix
  • Nuno Gil
  • Patricia Vogel
  • Paul Alexander
  • Peter Dewdney
  • Peter Matthewson
  • Peter Tindemans
  • Peter Wilkinson
  • Phil Diamond
  • Philip Crosby
  • Rebecca Charbonneau
  • Richard Oberland
  • Richard Schilizzi
  • Richard Wade
  • Robert Adam
  • Ron Ekers
  • Roy Booth
  • Russ Taylor
  • Simon Berry
  • Simon Haynes
  • Stefan Michalowski
  • Tejinder Virdee
  • Terry Soame
  • Thijs (J.M.) van der Hulst
  • Tony Beasley
  • Tracy Cheetham
  • Vernon Pankonin
  • William Garnier
  • Yongcheng Fu
  • Yu Lu
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