Pathways to SKA Science in AustralasiaAUT, after the success of SKANZ 2010, again played host to the international SKANZ Conference at its city (Wellesley) campus.
The conference was held from Tuesday 14 - Thursday 16 February, 2012.
Chair of the Scientific Organising Committee, Dick Manchester's welcome to participants:
"The Square Kilometre Array represents the future of cm-band radio astronomy. It will have orders of magnitude more sensitivity than existing radio telescopes and will enable imaging of wide fields with high angular resolution. We can expect great advances in a diverse range of topics ranging from black holes in distant galactic nuclei to magnetic fields in our Galaxy. With its enormous sensitivity it is likely to uncover new classes of objects not even dreamt of by today's astronomers.
Western Australia is an ideal site for the SKA with its wide expanses of sparsely populated territory and very low levels of man-made interference. Combining this site with SKA antennas in New Zealand gives 6000-km baselines and milliarcsecond resolution at cm wavelengths. The SKA provides wonderful opportunities not only for advancement of science but also for technological development and innovation.
The primary aim of this SKANZ 2012 conference is to foster interaction and collaboration between Australian and New Zealand scientists and engineers, building on the successful SKANZ 2010 meeting, and thereby helping to realise the exciting potential of the SKA. I hope you can join us!"
Note: Some of the presentations are available through links from the Programme page.