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Word of the week: Global

Our first SKA Word of the Week is brought to you by Phil Diamond, Director General of the SKA. When asked to think of one word closely tied to the SKA, he answered: “Global”.

Here’s what he meant:

“It is often said, and I believe the phrase is attributed to Professor Ron Ekers of Australia, that the ‘SKA was born global’. By this we mean that the ideas and concept for the SKA grew out of a series of discussions, meetings and workshops involving scientists and engineers from all over the world. This has been hugely positive for the SKA and the global nature of the project has continued over the 20 or so years since the first discussions. Formally, within the SKA now we have 10 Full Members and 1 Associate Member of the SKA Organisation; the SKA is being designed by 11 international consortia drawing on expertise from almost 100 institutes in 20 or so countries. The SKA will be a global facility, with telescopes on two continents and the headquarters on a third, operating as one, global, Observatory.”

For more information on the global nature of the SKA, visit the project page.


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