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SKA Organisation at the XXVIII IAU General Assembly

August 2012, Manchester, UK – The SKA Organisation had a busy and successful two weeks at the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) held at the end of August in Beijing, China.

The SKA exhibition stand was manned by Jo Bowler and Georgina Harris from the SKA Organisation with the assistance of Xiang Zhang from the National Astronomical Observatory China (NAOC). The stand was busy throughout the fortnight and it was a great benefit to have a native Chinese speaker providing translations and chatting with the Chinese delegates about the SKA .

In addition to the large exhibition, a number of thought provoking talks were given on the SKA in sessions relating to forthcoming large-scale facilities.

The meeting, which ran from 20 – 31 August, was the XXVIIIth General Assembly and had more than 3200 registered attendees. The IAU GA is held every three years and is one of the largest astronomy conferences in the world.

 

The interactive touch screen SKA table proved a big hit with delegates of all nationalities and all ages!

The interactive touch screen SKA table proved a big hit with delegates of all nationalities and ages!

 

The impressive entrance structure at the door of the Chinese National Convention Centre.

 

 

The conference was held opposite the famous Birds Nest olympic stadium, the venue for the conference banquet.