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Building an Open UK SKA-Science Consortium
The Geological Society
Burlington House
Start Time: 13 Mar 2015 - 10:30
End Time: 13 Mar 2015 - 15:30

An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Stephen Serjeant (OU), Mark Thompson (Herts) and Jonathan Prichard (Imperial


All astronomers are welcome at the RAS specialist meeting on "Building an open UK SKA Science Consortium", on Friday 13th of March 2015 at Burlington House, from 10.30 to 3.30. The aim is to foster and stimulate the formation of collaborations for future SKA science.


Unlike the 2014 meeting at the RAS, we intend this to be a science-focussed meeting: not just forward-looking to the SKA, but also including pathfinders and precursors such as LOFAR, ASKAP, MEERKAT, MWA, e-Merlin and JVLA as well as multi-wavelength synergistic science and theory.


There will be space for posters and time for 1-slide poster presentations. The organisers are particularly keen to encourage abstract submissions from outside the 'usual' radio astronomy community. Talks can be either 15 or 30 minutes long, including questions.


To submit an abstract for a talk or poster, please email your abstract to stephen.serjeant (at) with the subject header RAS-SKA.


10:00 Registration

10:15 Robert Braun - Background to the Square Kilometre Array

10:30 White - Galactic plane astronomy with LOFAR

10:45 Fenech - The eMERLIN Cyg OB2 radio survey (COBRaS)

11:00 Gompertz - The radio signatures of magnetar-driven short gamma-ray bursts, and their detectability with the SKA

11:15 Viti - Complex organic molecules in galactic and extragalactic massive star forming regions

11:30 Staley - TraP, an image-plane transients detection pipeline for radio astronomy

11:45 Stappers - Searching for radio pulsars and fast transients in the SKA era

12:00 Bisi - Heliospheric physics and space weather studies with

12:15 1 min poster presentations

12:30ish LUNCH

13:15 Conselice - SKA and Euclid synergies

13:30 Harrison - Weak gravitational lensing with the SKA

13:45 Jackson - SKA and gravitational lensing

14:00 Muxlow - The eMERGE galaxy evolution survey

14:15 McAlpine - The evolution of faint radio sources in the VIDEO XMM-LSS field

14:30 Bull - Testing fundamental cosmology with the SKA

14:45 Haehnelt - Probing reionization with lyman alpha in absorption and emission

15:00 Watkinson - High-redshift constraints on reionization and the nature of X-ray production from the moments of 21cm maps

15:15 Bray - High energy particle detection with the SKA new-generation radio telescope systems

15:30 tea