The Square Kilometre Array: a large Scale ESFRI Infrastructure, From the Cosmos to the Cities of the future


Lisbon, Portugal
30th November 2012

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The Square Kilometer Array: a large Scale ESFRI Infrastructure
From the Cosmos to the Cities of the future

Cooperation Portugal-África & EU-África
An event to present the SKA and radioastronomy to the European Community, Policy Makers & African Collaborators in the framework of the 8th Partnership EU-Africa Forum.

Venue: Auditório, Fundação das Comunicações, Santos - Lisboa

8h45 - Registration
Chair: Carlos Salema
9h00 – Opening: Luisa Mendes, Chair of URSI Portugal, ANACOM
9h15 - Scientific infra-structures and PT-EU-Africa cooperation, Miguel Seabra, President of FCT , Portugal
9h30 - "The SKA project : Science, Impact & Opportunities", Phil Diamond, Director General of the SKA Organization, United Kingdom
10h00 - "The African-Europe Radio Astronomy Platform at the European & African Parliaments", Declan Kirrane, ISCintelligence, Belgium

10h15 - coffee-break

Chair: TBD

10h35 - "The SKA project in Africa", Daan du Toit, Minister Counselor of South Africa GOV Mission to the European Union, South Africa
11h00 - "SKA: An European View", Thijs van der Hulst, Chairman of the European SKA Committee, Groningen, NL
11h25 - "SKA: the Aperture Array Verification Program", Arnold van Ardenne, EU Coordinator of the SKA AAVP, (ASTRON, NL & ONSALA, SE)
11h50 - "The Spanish VIA-SKA project: an Iberian Industry-Academia example", Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro, Coordinator of VIA-SKA, IAA-CSIC, Spain)
12h15 - "Euro-African cooperation in radio astronomy as seen from space: evolution towards SKA and beyond", Leonid Gurvits, Head of Space Science Applications, JIVE, NL

12h45 – Lunch

Chair: Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro,
14h00 - "Reviewing Radioastronomy in Portugal : preparing for SKA", Sonia Ánton, CICGE-U. Porto.

Industry Anchor talks/Opportunities for Portuguese Industry

14h30 - "SKA Drives Innovation and Marker Capitalization in the ICT sector", Gerlinde Bedoe, Nokia Siemens Networks
14h50 - "SKA and renewable Energy", José Amador, Martifer Solar, Portugal.
15h10 - "SKA and Space Exploration", Rui Melo e Paulo Guedes, Critical Software

Education & Outreach
15h30 - "Astronomy for Development: The cases of Universe Awareness and Galileo Teacher Training Programme", PDF1, PDF2, Pedro Russo, (UNAWE-IAU, Leiden, NL) and Rosa Doran, (NUCLIO, PT)
15h50 - H2020 (TBD) & Closure



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