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Meeting announcement: SPARCS (SKA Pathfinders Radio Continuum Surveys) 2013 meeting | 11-13 September 2013, Manchester, UK

17 July 2013, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Manchester, UKThe Understanding the Radio Continuum Universe with SKA pathfinders (SPARCS2013) meeting will be held 11-13 September 2013 at Jodrell Bank Observatory near Manchester, UK.

The 3rd SKA Pathfinders Radio Continuum Surveys (SPARCS) meeting (Understanding the Radio Continuum Universe with SKA Pathfinders) will be be held at Jodrell Bank Observatory between 11-13th September 2013 (2.5 days, Wednesday afternoon through to Friday). This meeting is just two months away and promises to be an exciting and interesting meeting.

The theme of this meeting will be “Defining the Science Path to SKA” and it will investigate how the SKA Pathfinders will change our science? What will we be doing differently as the results of the SKA Pathfinders Surveys?, and what does this mean for the SKA?

Registration: This meeting is being kindly supported by e-MERLIN and the University of Manchester and as such NO registration fee will be required. Due to the meeting venue size numbers will be strictly limited to a maximum of 50 delegates. Lunches and transportation between a local hotel will be provided through the duration of meeting.

Registration to this meeting is now open at

Further details of the meeting can be found at

Science Programme: The science programme will comprise a mixture of invited updates from the progress of the SKA pathfinder instruments (ASKAP, MeerKAT, JVLA, e-MERLIN, LOFAR, APERTIF and eVLBI), invited science reviews and contributed talks. Currently confirmed invited speakers include:
Huub Rottgering – An update on continuum surveys with LOFAR
Ray Norris – ASKAP & EMU
Rob Beswick – e-MERLIN Legacy Continuum surveys
Tim Cornwell – Data processing and Astroinformatics Issues for the Next Generation Continuum Surveys
Matt Jarvis – Cosmology with SKA Pathfinder Surveys
Nick Seymour – Synergies between radio continuum surveys and other wavelengths
Minh Huynh – SKA continuum science
Kurt van der Heyden – An update on continuum surveys with MeerKAT
Leonid Gurvits – An update of continuum science with the EVN

Location and logistics: The meeting will be held at Jodrell Bank Observatory, in the main lecture room. Information on how to get to Jodrell Bank Observatory is available at
In association with the SPO and the SKA continuum science assessment workshop a block booking for accommodation has been made at the Cottons Hotel in Knutsford. Details regarding bookings can be found on the conference web-pages. A bus will be organised by the LOC to transport participants to and from Jodrell Bank Observatory each day. If you wish to stay in alternative accomadation you will need to organised your own transport/car.