Progress of Square Kilometre Array

Speaker:Prof Phillip Diamond
Title : Progress of Square Kilometre Array
Time: 10:00 am, September 19th (Thursday)  
Location: Lecture Hall, 3rd floor 
Abstract :  Prof Phillip Diamond will give an speech about the latest progress about the SKA project. Also will inform the coming conference in November this year.
The SKA community is gearing up for one of the biggest events in this year’s project’s calendar: the 2019 SKA Meeting in Shanghai.Registration is open for the 25-28 November meeting, which will bring together hundreds of engineers, data scientists, astronomers and other experts from within the SKA community and beyond. The focus will be on the immediate and long-term future of the SKA telescopes, from procurement to commissioning and operations. “For those who may have watched the SKA’s progression from a distance, this is the point at which we can say: this is what we will build, and now is the time to get involved,” says SKA Director-General Prof. Phil Diamond. “From the engineers who will construct this amazing machine, to the data scientists who will keep it at the forefront of innovations in the field, and seasoned experts in commissioning and operating existing facilities – we want to grow our community and this meeting is the perfect opportunity to do so. I encourage all interested parties to join us in Shanghai.”
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Self-introduction :  
   Professor Diamond has 30 years’ experience in the field of radio astronomy and a long standing involvement in the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope project. Professor Diamond will move from his current position as Chief of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS), Australia in October 2012 to lead the SKA Organisation from the new headquarters at Jodrell Bank near Manchester, UK. 

  Professor Diamond has worked as a professional astronomer in five countries (UK, Sweden, Germany, USA and Australia) and has been the Director of two leading radio astronomy organisations: Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS). In his current role, as Chief of CASS, Professor Diamond directs the operation of two major facilities: the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF: comprising Parkes Observatory, the Australia Telescope Compact Array and the Mopra telescope) and the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex (CDSCC) at Tidbinbilla, part of NASA’s Deep Space Network. In addition, he is responsible for the team designing and constructing ASKAP, the Australian SKA Pathfinder, currently being built in Western Australia. (Full content see website: ) 

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