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The SKA Organisation and our partners around the world host, and attend a wide range of scientific, technical, outreach and decision-making events. These range from SKA internal partner meetings which can be by invitation only, to large scale science and engineering conferences and symposiums. Documentation for meetings and events organised by the SKA Organisation can be viewed here (external link). If you think an event you are organising could be of interest for the SKA, please send an email to with the details of the event. Past events can be consulted here. The table below shows a list of events of relevance for the SKA Project: please check back and bookmark this page for updates to conferences and events of interest. A more general list of international astronomy science meetings can be found here.

Please note: Throughout 2020 many events are being cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check the relevant websites listed below for the latest information.

SKA Events
Science Events
Engineering Events
National Astronomy Meetings
Outreach Events
Event name Date Location Relevance for SKA SKA Involvement
EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) - POSTPONED from July, new dates in September 2020 2-6 Sep 20 Trieste, Italy ESOF brings together over 4,500 leading thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators to discuss current and future breakthroughs in contemporary science.
Autumn Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of Japan 8-10 Sep 20 Aomori, Jaoan National meeting for astronomers in Japan, an SKA observer country.
SPARCS X 2020 “Capturing science from the pathfinder survey data” 8-11 Sep 20 Cape Town, South Africa With the SKA Pathfinders now fully operating, SPARCS X meeting will be the workshop to share the latest techniques, insights and results.
Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP) - POSTPONED until 2021 (new dates TBC) 21-25 Sep 20 Sydney, Australia The largest international event linking astronomy and science communication.
International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI) 30 Sep - 2 Oct 20 Ottawa, Canada International event focussing on global cooperation between research infrastructures
Conference on Dark and Quiet Skies for Science and Society 5-8 Oct 20 Santa Cruz La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain Conference on the protection of the sky for astronomy and human heritage.
SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation - POSTPONED from June 2020 to December 2020; moved from Japan to USA 13-18 Dec 20 San Diego, United States A prestigious event for developers of ground- and space-based telescopes, the supporting technologies, and the latest instrumentation.
43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly - POSTPONED from August 2020 to January 2021 28 Jan - 4 Feb 21 Sydney, Australia An assembly for the international space science community.
Compact Objects and Energetic Phenomena in the Multi-Messenger Era - POSTPONED from July 2020 to June 2021 23-25 Jun 21 Saint Paul, USA A multi-messenger meeting of relevance to SKA science.
Big Science Business Forum 2021 28 Sep - 1 Oct 21 Granada, Spain Relevant for SKA current and future industry partners