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Canada joins the SKA Organisation

The world’s largest radio telescope project receives further international support as Canada signs up.

19th March 2012, Manchester, UK – The Board of Directors of the Square Kilometre Array Organisation has formally welcomed Canada, represented by the National Research Council of Canada, as the eighth member of the organisation. The members plan to spend €69M to fund the project in the period leading up to the construction phase of the SKA telescope which starts in 2016.

Dr Gregory Fahlman from the National Research Council of Canada, and Professor Russ Taylor from the University of Calgary, have been appointed to represent Canada on the SKA Board. Several research organisations across Canada are already involved in research and development for the SKA and will continue to work with the SKA Organisation.

“The international partners in SKA are extremely pleased that Canada has now formally joined the project. Our Canadian colleagues bring a history of technical and scientific strengths to the partnership and we very much look forward to working with them to make SKA a reality,” says John Womersley, chair of the Board of Directors of the SKA Organisation.

As a member, Canada, along with China, Italy, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, is eligible to vote on the location of the SKA. Member countries that are involved in bids to host the SKA (Australia, New Zealand and Southern Africa) will not take part in the selection process.

For more information contact:

Jo Bowler, Outreach Officer, Office of the SKA Organisation, UK

Office: +44 (0)161 275 4239 .

Mobile: +44(0)759 307 7153

Email: bowler@skatelescope.org