1 April 2013, SKA Headquarters, Manchester, UK – The SKA Organisation is pleased to announce the 2013 SKA Engineering meeting to be held 7-11 October 2013 in Manchester, UK.
The SKA has recently released the Request for Proposals inviting organisations and industry to participate in the design of the SKA telescope. It is foreseen that the process of allocating work packages will be completed during the third quarter of this year. This provides an excellent opportunity for the SKA engineering and science community to get together during early October in Manchester.
The aim of this meeting is to provide a global overview of the status, progress and way forward for the project in terms of engineering, management and science. Part of the meeting will be devoted to presentations on the science capabilities of the suite of SKA telescopes, incorporating input from science assessment workshops, which will have been held over the previous months.
Work Package Consortia will be provided an opportunity to present an overview of the composition, people, work, concepts and approach to their particular work package. In addition the SKA Office will provide the status, progress and way forward with regards to aspects such as the Concept of Operations, hosting agreements, the baseline design, project management and system engineering. The meeting will furthermore provide a forum for interface work sessions as well as general face-to-face discussions among SKA Office staff, members of the SKA Work Package Consortia and other members of the science and engineering community.
The main meetings will be held Monday to Thursday, October 7 to 10, with additional breakout and work sessions on Thursday, 10 October and Friday, 11 October.
A second announcement will be issued in July 2013 and will provide more information with regards to the venue and the agenda.
The meeting is open to all personnel from SKA Work Package Consortia members as well as SKA committees and workgroups.