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SKA Members meet to discuss site selection

4th April 2012, Amsterdam, the Netherlands – The Members of the SKA Organisation met at Schiphol, the Netherlands, on 3 April 2012, for their first General Meeting. They noted the site selection advisory committee’s report and the associated commentary that had been passed to them by the SKA Organisation’s board following the board meeting in Manchester last month.

The Members wished to move ahead with the site selection process, and recognised that it is desirable to maintain an inclusive approach to SKA. They noted that it is important to maximise the value from the investments made by both candidate host regions. They therefore agreed to set up a small scientific working group to explore possible implementation options that would achieve this. This working group will report back to the Members at a meeting in mid-May; its report will provide additional information to facilitate the site decision for SKA.

The Board of the SKA Organisation met on 4 April, following the Members meeting, and discussed progress of the project. The Board approved an application for Associate Membership in the SKA Organisation from India (represented by the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics).