The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, with a square kilometre (one million square metres) of collecting area. The scale of the SKA represents a huge leap forward in both engineering and research & development towards building and delivering a unique instrument, with the detailed design and preparation now well under way. As one of the largest scientific endeavours in history, the SKA will bring together a wealth of the world’s finest scientists, engineers and policy makers to bring the project to fruition. This exciting development spearheaded from the SKA Organisation office at the Jodrell bank Observatory. I will outline the scientific questions driving the telescope design, describe the preliminary design as it stands at the moment, and talk in more detail about what it is like to be part of one of the consortia involved in the design process.
Talks start at 18.30 with refreshments available from 18.00. All are welcome and all our talks are free to attend.