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Media advisory: SKAO press conference

The SKA Observatory (SKAO) cordially invites members of the international media to a virtual press conference on Tuesday 29 June 2021 at 14:00 UTC for a major announcement on the status of the SKA Project, following the conclusion of the third SKAO Council Meeting. The press conference will be held on the sidelines of the European Astronomical Society (EAS) Annual Meeting 2021.

SKAO Representatives at the press conference will include:

  • Dr Catherine Cesarsky, Chairperson of the SKAO Council
  • Prof Philip Diamond, Director-General
  • Dr Joe McMullin, Deputy Director-General and Programme Director
  • Dr Simon Berry, Head of the Director-General’s Office

The press conference will follow an EAS plenary talk by Prof. Philip Diamond scheduled to take place at 12:30 UTC where the announcement will be made. The press conference will provide an opportunity for members of the media to ask questions following the announcement.

Members of the media are invited to register below to take part in the press conference. Members of the media are also invited to get in touch with the EAS Press Officer here to attend the plenary and conference for free.

The SKAO, formally known as the SKA Observatory, is a global collaboration of Member States whose mission is to build and operate cutting-edge radio telescopes to transform our understanding of the Universe, and deliver benefits to society through global collaboration and innovation.

Headquartered in the UK, its two telescope arrays will be constructed in Australia and South Africa and be the two most advanced radio telescope networks on Earth. A later expansion is envisioned in both countries and other African partner countries. Together with other state-of-the-art research facilities, the SKAO’s telescopes will explore the unknown frontiers of science and deepen our understanding of key processes, including the formation and evolution of galaxies, fundamental physics in extreme environments and the origins of life. Through the development of innovative technologies and its contribution to addressing societal challenges, the SKAO will play its part to address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and deliver significant benefits across its membership and beyond.

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