With 40% of the world’s population involved, the SKA Project is truly a global enterprise.
Organisations from sixteen countries are currently taking part in the SKA at government or national-coordination level or are represented as observers – Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Eight African partner countries are taking part in coordinated action to support the future expansion of the SKA project in Africa.
Furthermore, whilst sixteen countries are at the core of the SKA, around 100 organisations across about 20 countries have been participating in the design and development of the SKA and are now engaged in the detailed design of the telescope.
The fourteen organisations that represent participating countries at a national coordination level include.
- Australia: Department of Industry and Science
- Canada: National Research Council
- China: Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China
- France: National Center for Scientific Research
- Germany: Max Planck Society
- India: National Centre for Radio Astrophysics
- Italy: National Institute for Astrophysics
- The Netherlands: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
- Portugal: Portugal Space
- South Africa: National Research Foundation
- Spain: Ministry of Science, Innovation & Universities
- Sweden: Onsala Space Observatory
- Switzerland: École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
- United Kingdom: Science and Technology Facilities Council