Rotterdam, Monday 12 June 2017 – The 2017 SKA Engineering Meeting kicked off today in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Some 315 engineers have travelled from 17 countries to attend, making it the largest SKA Engineering Meeting ever held. The meeting is organised by the SKA Organisation in collaboration with ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, and NWO, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.
Alistair McPherson, SKA Head of Project declared “This is our fifth annual Engineering Meeting under the current organisation. A lot of work has been achieved since last year and the SKA office and community are very much drilling down into the detail of the cost and engineering of the telescopes en route towards Critical Design Review – a critical engineering milestone – next year and later on construction approval.”
Prof. Carole Jackson, Director-General of ASTRON welcomed the participants to the Netherlands and Rotterdam.
“We’re extremely pleased to welcome the SKA engineering community in the Netherlands and Rotterdam. The Netherlands has been involved in the SKA for many years and has a strong history of expertise in radio astronomy, making it a natural host for the meeting.” said Prof. Jackson.
The week-long meeting consists of plenary updates from the SKA office on the project, science and policy; updates from each of the 12 international engineering consortia; as well as workshops and bilateral meetings to solve particular engineering issues.