As a 21st century cutting-edge international project, the SKA is committed to being forward-looking and innovative and a responsible global citizen. In terms of human capital development, the development of world-class talent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and other fields is key to the continuation of innovation in radio astronomy and the delivery and use of the SKA to its full potential.
Fostering an open and diverse global community that draws from an array of unique experiences and viewpoints is a necessary step to realising this goal. This is why we have set out to feature on this page some of the key people around the world who are part of this incredibly ambitious project; people in all areas of expertise, such as science, engineering, technology and others; as well as people from all walks of life, demonstrating the diverse origins, and backgrounds of those who make the SKA what it is. With a diverse set of countries supporting it, this is the unique strength of the SKA: to draw from the best, no matter where they’re from or who they are.
Women have traditionally been under-represented in some fields of science and engineering and so the Team SKA initiative particularly features some of the amazing women involved in the SKA. By having positive role models young girls can relate to, we hope to help break down stereotypes of scientists and encourage girls to take up STEM studies.
Outreach Events the SKA HQ organises, supports or takes part in such as the Girls Night Out and the Bluedot festival at Jodrell Bank also go in that direction, featuring a diverse and multicultural set of SKA staff working across disciplines to show the broad breadth of profiles and skills needed to deliver a project like the SKA.
Meet Team SKA
Team SKA is about showcasing the diversity of people who work on the project; mentors and role models from all backgrounds who can inspire others. They are the amazing scientists, engineers, technicians and experts in all fields involved in designing, building, and using the world’s largest radio telescope.