The International SKA Forum 2010 will highlight the many opportunities SKA offers to all sectors of society, and aims to advance the process of securing wide support and significant European and global funding for the project.
The International SKA Forum takes place alongside various other events, including the formal inauguration of the International LOFAR Telescope (ILT) on the 12th of June in Exloo, The Netherlands. The Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) telescope, a pathfinder for the SKA, is designed and built by ASTRON.
The conference is expected to attract several hundred delegates from across the globe, including leading radio astronomers, parliamentarians and funding agency officials involved in the development of the SKA.
The SKA programme is a global collaboration involving 70 institutions in 20 different countries. ASTRON, with the support of NWO, is a member of the SKA programme, playing a crucial role in defining the science case and developing advanced technologies that will be required in order to realise the new telescope.