UK PrepSKA 2010-2012

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

Astronomers are developing the next generation of instruments to probe to the furthest reaches of the Universe. To understand the complex phenomena that are seen scientists need to observe across the electromagnetic spectrum since radio waves provide a different view of an object than is seen in the mm/sub-mm, infrared, optical or X-ray bands. ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimetre Array, is under construction in the Chilean Andes; Europe's optical/infrared astronomers are developing the E-ELT, a 42m telescope; the X-ray community is planning Xeus, a sophisticated orbiting observatory. In the radio band plans are well advanced for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The SKA will be one of the most complex scientific instruments ever built. It will, when fully deployed, consist of a continent-sized array of ~4000 dishes, with an aperture array component allowing huge fields-of-view, working in the frequency range 70 MHz to ~25 GHz. The array will be supported by an IT infrastructure designed to handle data rates comparable to the current internet traffic of the Earth. Two sites are under consideration, in Australia and Southern Africa. The SKA, uniquely amongst major scientific instruments and only made possible by its phased construction plan, will be able to deliver ground-breaking science while still under construction. The breadth of science that the SKA will address is truly remarkable; one should regard it as a physics machine rather than just a telescope. It will be used to explore many of the major outstanding problems in astrophysics, cosmology and particle-astrophysics today. These include our understanding of the birth of the first stars and galaxies, study of the large-scale structure of the universe and the role of dark energy and hot and cold dark matter. Astronomers will also use the SKA to determine whether general relativity holds in the strong gravitational fields associated with massive black holes, understand the origin and evolution of cosmic magnetism, and explore the conditions required for life elsewhere in our galaxy. In this proposal, three Universities (Cambridge, Manchester and Oxford) are continuing their highly-successful technology R&D programme (the STFC and EC-funded SKA Design Study). The project, UK-Prep-SKA, will be fully integrated with the global Preparatory Study for the SKA (PrepSKA), which has been awarded 5.5M Euros to coordinate the massive development programme underway in 19 different countries and to develop plans for the governance structure, legal framework and procurement policy under which the SKA will be constructed and operated. STFC are the coordinators of PrepSKA. UK-PrepSKA will run until Q1 2012, matching the global programme. The principal deliverable of the project is to develop a detailed design for Phase 1 of the SKA to enable the partners to go to governments for construction funding for the first 15-20% of the complete SKA.
 
Description The PrepSKA project at the University of Manchester continued some of the work started in the SKADS project (Square Kilometre Array Design Study): antenna arrays for mid-frequency aperture arrays, digital array development, and approaches to high bandwidth data transport and picosecond level synchronisation over optical fibre networks. The PrepSKA project at the University of Manchester was vital in putting Manchester in a position to lead the Signal and Data Transport Consortium in the pre-construction phase of the Square Kilometre Array. This consortium which now includes staff from the PrepSKA team is designing the entire data transmission, synchronisation and timing systems and control/monitoring networks for this international project.
Exploitation Route See above - University of Manchester now lead one of the key design consortia for the Square Kilometre Array
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics

 
Description The PrepSKA project has been a contribution to the international development of the Square Kilometre Array, to be built in Australia and South Africa. As a global multi-billion dollar project on an unprecedented scale a significant number of non-academic impacts are expected in terms of technologies and public engagement in science.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description STFC
Amount £1,161,337 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/L000032/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2012 
End 03/2014
 
Description STFC
Amount £6,158,139 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/M001482/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2013 
End 03/2017
 
Description STFC
Amount £206,661 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/M007561/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 03/2015
 
Description New measurement technique development with Cavendish Laboratory of University of Cambridge and CETC of China 
Organisation No.38 Research Institute of CETC (CETC38)
Country China 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Invited by SKAO to join the measurement team for AAVS related measurements. Making plans for further collaboration testings.
Collaborator Contribution CETC provided the cTPM for testing, Cambrige provided the testing equipments.
Impact This collaboration have helped the SKA community to better understand the digital beamforming technologies available so far. It will help SKAO to make a better judgement on selecting the solutions in the system.
Start Year 2017
 
Description New measurement technique development with Cavendish Laboratory of University of Cambridge and CETC of China 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department Cavendish Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Invited by SKAO to join the measurement team for AAVS related measurements. Making plans for further collaboration testings.
Collaborator Contribution CETC provided the cTPM for testing, Cambrige provided the testing equipments.
Impact This collaboration have helped the SKA community to better understand the digital beamforming technologies available so far. It will help SKAO to make a better judgement on selecting the solutions in the system.
Start Year 2017
 
Description SKA 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The work done in PrepSKA was key in laying the foundations, establishing the capabilities forging the relationships for the University of Manchester team to lead the international design consortia for Signal and Data Transport for the Square Kilometre Array, non-imaging processing and to play important roles in low frequency array design. The Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in the UK together with Manchester are the leading institutes of the UK SKA partnership.These contributions are important for the UK's membership of what will be an Inter-Governmental Organisation, formed by Treaty in 2018/9 with ~11 member states.
Collaborator Contribution Other UK institutes and member states of the SKA project are responsible for other apects of the programme.
Impact See www.skatelescope.org
Start Year 2012
 
Description SKA Phased Array Feeds Consortium 
Organisation ASTRON Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy
Country Netherlands 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This collaboration is a joint effort to develop Phased Array Feeds for future use on the SKA telescope. Our contribution to this programme is a project developing PHAROS-2, a cryogenic PAF working at 4-8 GHz. We are contributing effort (1FTE), Low Noise Amplifiers and a test-bed for the system, namely mounting the receiver on the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank.
Collaborator Contribution INAF are making an in kind contribution to PHAROS-2 through designing and building a digital back-end to the receiver.
Impact PAF receiver will enhance the observing capabilities of the Lovell Telescope and give the possibility of enhanced performance when it is incorporated into eMERLIN.
Start Year 2017
 
Description SKA Phased Array Feeds Consortium 
Organisation Chalmers University of Technology
Country Sweden 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This collaboration is a joint effort to develop Phased Array Feeds for future use on the SKA telescope. Our contribution to this programme is a project developing PHAROS-2, a cryogenic PAF working at 4-8 GHz. We are contributing effort (1FTE), Low Noise Amplifiers and a test-bed for the system, namely mounting the receiver on the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank.
Collaborator Contribution INAF are making an in kind contribution to PHAROS-2 through designing and building a digital back-end to the receiver.
Impact PAF receiver will enhance the observing capabilities of the Lovell Telescope and give the possibility of enhanced performance when it is incorporated into eMERLIN.
Start Year 2017
 
Description SKA Phased Array Feeds Consortium 
Organisation Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Country Australia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This collaboration is a joint effort to develop Phased Array Feeds for future use on the SKA telescope. Our contribution to this programme is a project developing PHAROS-2, a cryogenic PAF working at 4-8 GHz. We are contributing effort (1FTE), Low Noise Amplifiers and a test-bed for the system, namely mounting the receiver on the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank.
Collaborator Contribution INAF are making an in kind contribution to PHAROS-2 through designing and building a digital back-end to the receiver.
Impact PAF receiver will enhance the observing capabilities of the Lovell Telescope and give the possibility of enhanced performance when it is incorporated into eMERLIN.
Start Year 2017
 
Description SKA Phased Array Feeds Consortium 
Organisation Max Planck Society
Department Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This collaboration is a joint effort to develop Phased Array Feeds for future use on the SKA telescope. Our contribution to this programme is a project developing PHAROS-2, a cryogenic PAF working at 4-8 GHz. We are contributing effort (1FTE), Low Noise Amplifiers and a test-bed for the system, namely mounting the receiver on the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank.
Collaborator Contribution INAF are making an in kind contribution to PHAROS-2 through designing and building a digital back-end to the receiver.
Impact PAF receiver will enhance the observing capabilities of the Lovell Telescope and give the possibility of enhanced performance when it is incorporated into eMERLIN.
Start Year 2017
 
Description SKA Phased Array Feeds Consortium 
Organisation National Institute for Astrophysics
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This collaboration is a joint effort to develop Phased Array Feeds for future use on the SKA telescope. Our contribution to this programme is a project developing PHAROS-2, a cryogenic PAF working at 4-8 GHz. We are contributing effort (1FTE), Low Noise Amplifiers and a test-bed for the system, namely mounting the receiver on the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank.
Collaborator Contribution INAF are making an in kind contribution to PHAROS-2 through designing and building a digital back-end to the receiver.
Impact PAF receiver will enhance the observing capabilities of the Lovell Telescope and give the possibility of enhanced performance when it is incorporated into eMERLIN.
Start Year 2017
 
Description SKA Phased Array Feeds Consortium 
Organisation University of Malta
Country Malta 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This collaboration is a joint effort to develop Phased Array Feeds for future use on the SKA telescope. Our contribution to this programme is a project developing PHAROS-2, a cryogenic PAF working at 4-8 GHz. We are contributing effort (1FTE), Low Noise Amplifiers and a test-bed for the system, namely mounting the receiver on the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank.
Collaborator Contribution INAF are making an in kind contribution to PHAROS-2 through designing and building a digital back-end to the receiver.
Impact PAF receiver will enhance the observing capabilities of the Lovell Telescope and give the possibility of enhanced performance when it is incorporated into eMERLIN.
Start Year 2017
 
Title Wide-band array antenna 
Description An antenna array including a plurality of elements, the elements including at least one element of a first type and at least four elements of a second type wherein the element of the first type comprises part of two balanced feeds with two elements of the second type and the element of the first type is capacitively coupled to two further elements of the second type. 
IP Reference WO 2010112857 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2010
Licensed Yes
Impact Candidate antenna array for future development of the Square Kilometre Array, a major radio astronomy project currently being designed and to be built in Australia and South Africa, coordinated by the International Square Kilometre Array Organisation
 
Description 2017 SKA Engineering Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prepared the update related to the latest aperture array developments internationally. Improve the scientific prospects for SKA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://indico.skatelescope.org/event/432/overview
 
Description Banff2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact International Square Kilometre Array Forum Meeting (Banff 2011) together with a 2-day meeting on 'Engineering and Industry Opportunities in the SKA' brought together scientists and engineers working on the SKA design with a wide range of industry representatives from large multinationals to SMEs who might be involved in the construction of the SKA. 4 members of the University of Manchester PrepSKA team attended and were involved in plenary sessions and more focussed meetings on how to best engage with industry at this and future stages of this major international project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Bluedot Festival July 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Listed by Hilary Kay STFC but applicable for many. bluedot festival - Jodrell Bank - 7-9 July 2017
This festival involves not only science, but also music and culture, providing an opportunity to engage with a more diverse audience. The festival included talks by SKA scientists, and we also provided a stand where festivalgoers were able to chat with SKA-related staff and students and try their hand at SKA-related activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CDR meeting: PSS January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attendance at PSS Critical Design Review meeting held at SKA HQ JBO 29th and 30th January 2018. UMan attendees: Mike Pearson, Ben Stappers and more.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description DARA teaching: November to December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SKA related DARA teaching in Nairobi (African SKA Partner country). From 20th November to 1st December. Conducted by Althea Wilkinson and others.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description European Optical Conference (ECOC) September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ECOC held in Sweden 18th to 20th September 2017. Attended by Richard Oberland (UMan-SADT) - Meeting with telecoms/datacoms industry vendors, floor exhibition, and technical sessions. Held 1-2-1 meetings with vendors on SKA SADT design work and planning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Girls Night Out March 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Listed by Hilary Kay STFC. This event was run by the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, part of the University of Manchester. It featured the SKA, and included a talk by an SKA scientist. We also provided some SKA-related outreach activities to help engage the public with the SKA. Held at JBO 9th March 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description ICALEPCS2017 conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ralph Braddock (UMan-SADT) attended the (16th International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Physics Control Systems) ICALEPCS2017 conference in Barcelona, Spain. This was held at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya between 8-13th October 2017. At this conference Ralph presented the paper "THCPL04 - SKA Synchronization and Timing Local Monitor Control - Software Design Approach" written by Rajesh Warange and Ralph. He also presented a poster "THPHA085 - SKA Synchronization and Timing Local Monitor Control - Project Status" based upon a paper written by Rajesh Warange, Geoff Mant, Ralph (and also with credits to Yashwant Gupta, Keith Grainge, Jill Hammond, Uli Horn).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description IEEE NEMO conference: May 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact IEEE NEMO conference (Seville, Spain, 17th -19th of May 2017). Purpose: exchange research ideas and update recent progress. Achievement: exchanged experience in fast EM calculation with externaI large structures and methods to reduce mutual coupling of antenna arrays.
Personal contributions: presentations given and attendance - Lei Liu and Keith Grainge
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Industry Day: UMan December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact University of Manchester Industry Day 6th December 2017. Presentation and slides from Ben Stappers and Lina Levin Preston.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description International Phased Array Feed Workshop, November 2017, CSIRO in Sydney 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The low cost PAF solution proposed by the University of Manchester increased the community's confidence level on PAF realisations on the existing large telescopes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.pafworkshop.org/
 
Description Lecture: AENEAS January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact AENEAS lecture from Prof Anna Scaife held at UMan on 17th January 2018. Attended by Mike Pearson of UMan-SADT and others.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description New Scientist Live September to October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Listed by Hilary Kay STFC but applicable for others. New Scientist Live - ExCel London - 30 Sept-1 Oct 2017
This event included an SKA stand where staff from the SKA Organisation and SKA-related staff and students from UK universities were on hand to engage with the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Outreach SKA talk: Fulshaw Womens' Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Outreach SKA talk at Fulshaw Womens' Institute on 12th February 2018. By Althea Wilkinson.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Outreach SKA talk: Scibar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Outreach SKA talk: Scibar at The Old Dancer in Wilmslow, Cheshire on 20th February 2018. By Althea Wilkinson.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Outreach debate: On Common Ground 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Panel member Althea Wilkinson, for "On Common Ground" debates on Science and Faith. SKA discussed. Exeter Cathedral 30th March 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Outreach talk: Bluedot Festival, JBO July 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk by Prof Keith Grainge 'The Square Kilometre Array - the future of radio astronomy' for Bluedot Festival science programme. 9th July 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.discoverthebluedot.com/
 
Description Outreach talk: JBO Discovery Centre April 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk by Prof Keith Grainge 'The Square Kilometre Array - the future of radio astronomy' for 'Meet The Expert' outreach. 4th April 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.jodrellbank.net/events/meet-the-expert-3/
 
Description Outreach talk: JBO Discovery Centre August 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk by Prof Keith Grainge 'The Square Kilometre Array - the future of radio astronomy' for 'Meet The Expert' outreach. 1st August 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.jodrellbank.net/events/meet-the-expert-5/
 
Description PAF workshhop attendance, Australia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Keith Grainge attended PAF workshop at Marsfield in Australia, August 2017. Also Lei Liu contribution and attendance: Outcomes: discussed recent frontend and backend technology for PAFs. Potential agreement of new vacuum window for PHAROS and new array design; presentation given.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://events.csiro.au/Events/2017/August/11/PAF-Workshop-2017
 
Description PST CDR meeting February 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attendance at PST Critical Design Review meeting held at SKA HQ JBO 1st February 2018. UMan attendees: Mike Pearson and Ben Stappers and more.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation: IAUS 337 September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation from Lina Levin Preston on SKA Non-Imaging Processing. Held at JBO 4th to 8th September 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation: SKAO HQ (Chinese delegates) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Prof Keith Grainge 'Grant management: View from an academic' to a Chinese delegation studying SKA project financing. Held at SKAO HQ 2nd October 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium, PIERS 2017 in St Petersburg 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The event helped the community to understand the recent developments on the radio astronomy of the University of Manchester in the international stage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.piers.org/piers2017StPetersburg/
 
Description Pulsar conference: Cape Town December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Pulsar and FRB Search Software in the Era of Real-Time Surveys held in Cape Town, South Africa 11th to 14th December 2017. Attended by Mitch Mickaliger who provided contributions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SADT Face to Face June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SADT Consortium group meeting, to follow the SKA led Engineering Meeting. Led by UMan attended by SADT member institutes. World Trade Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SADT Face to Face September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SADT Consortium group meeting, held online for members to attend virtually on 26th to 27th September. Purpose of meeting is to assess current progress and for the lead institute UMan to update the wider consortium on key news such as the outcome of the recently held technical down select for the SAT.STFR.FRQ solutions. Crucial guidance on progress is given in run up to CDR.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SADT Face to Face workshop 24th to 26th April 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SADT Consortium group meeting in order to assess the current state of design. Held at the Schuster Building, the University of Manchester, Oxford Road. Workshop is run by UMan and attended by all SADT member institutes internationally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SADT Technical Down Select meeting September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SADT.SAT.STFR.FRQ work packages technical down select meeting. A decision had to be reached on the two existing frequency solutions for the SADT Consortium design, on how this would move forward towards the Critical Design Review. An external panel was invited by UMan to assess the two designs. The concluding meeting was held at Jodrell Bank Observatory, University of Manchester on 19th September 2017. UMan attendees: Prof Keith Grainge, Althea Wilkinson, Mike Pearson, Michelle Hussey, SKAO rep - Andre van Es, plus 3 x external panel members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SKA AIP meeting: June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SKA AIP meeting (ASTRON, Dwingeloo, the Netherlands, 8th of June, 2017). Purpose: present recent progress of PAF research. Achievement: talked with expertise from ASTRON, Sweden and CSIRO about their recent research.
Personal contribution (Lei Liu): presentation was given.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SKA Advanced Instrumentation Programme Meeting 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The event clarified the forward route for the Advanced Instrumentation Programme. The chanllenges of the new technologies have been discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.astron.nl/ska-aip2017/
 
Description SKA Consortium Leaders meeting: SADT update December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Regular SKA led Consortium Lead meetings. Prof Keith Grainge responsible for delivering the update for SADT consortium to the other CLs and SKAO members. 7th December 2017, held at the SKAO HQ, Jodrell Bank.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SKA Consortium Leaders meeting: SADT update January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Regular SKA led Consortium Lead meetings. Prof Keith Grainge responsible for delivering the update for SADT consortium to the other CLs and SKAO members. 18th January 2018, held at the SKAO HQ, Jodrell Bank.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SKA Construction Planning Workshop October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attended by Mike Pearson (UMan-SADT). Held at SKA HQ JBO 3rd to 5th October 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SKA Engineering meeting: Rotterdam June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SKA project wide Engineering meeting. Typically held once a year at a selected location with an affiliation with the member countries. Designed for the SKAO to be able to address the wider institutes and lead a programme on the current engineering progress with focus on problem solving/queries etc. Lead institutes from member countries are also expected to update in detail on their current progress. Held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands June 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://indico.skatelescope.org/event/432/overview
 
Description SKA Software Development Workshop October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attended by Mike Pearson (UMan-SADT), Mitch Mickaliger, Rob Lyon (UMan-PSS). Held at SKA HQ JBO 2nd October 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SKA Summit on Aperture Array Technology 2017 Hefei China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Review the international progress on the aperture array technology development. The challenges are discussed and highlighted. Further cooperation plans are discussed to work together towards the delivery of the instrument.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SKA Town Hall meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A science focused SKA led meeting/working group in order for the SKA to engage with the wider science community. Attended by several key UMan people who are actively working on/contributing to the SKA project. April 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SKA discussions - member institute December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Visit to Auckland University of Technology and the University of Auckland by Ben Stappers (UMan-PSS-NIP) for SKA discussions, including presentation. New Zealand, 18th and 19th December.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Science X April 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Listed by Hilary Kay STFC nut applicable for others. Science X - Trafford Centre, Manchester - 23 April 2017
This event was organised by the University of Manchester. We had a joint Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics/SKA stand with display material and hands-on activities to help engage with the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk Prof Keith Grainge: SKA Cosmology SWG, London 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk given by Keith Grainge 'Cosmology with PAFs'. Held at QMUL, London 19th September 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://astro.qmul.ac.uk/news/ska-cosmology-swg-meeting
 
Description Talk by Prof Keith Grainge: JBCA internal symposium, November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Regular JBCA internal symposium led by UMan.Talk on 'The Square Kilometre Array' from Keith Grainge. 11th February 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk: AENEAS all hands meeting October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk from Prof Keith Grainge: 'WP3 Prototyping' AENEAS all hands meeting held in Granada, Spain 19th October 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://indico.astron.nl/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=97
 
Description Talk: Conference, Greece 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk by Mitch Mickaliger on NIP work 'Labyrinth of the Unexpected'. Held in Kerastari, Greece 29th May to 4th June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk: EWASS June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk by Prof Keith Grainge 'Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect observations with the SKA' at EWASS conference in Prague 26th June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2017/about.jsp
 
Description Talk: PIERS May 2017, Russia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk from Prof Keith Grainge 'Phased Arrays Feed for Reflector Observing Systems with Development of True Time Delay Lines' at the Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS) held in St Petersburg, Russia 22nd May 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.piers.org/piers2017StPetersburg/
 
Description Talk: SADT FTF April 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk from Prof Keith Grainge 'Key Issues for SADT' as part of the wider SADT FTF meeting in Manchester (reported separately).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk: SEAC SADT update March 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk from Prof Keith Grainge 'Signal and Data Transport (SADT)' - Update to SEAC held at the SKAO HQ, JBO 16th March 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk: STFC SKA Technical Oversight Committee September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk by Prof Keith Grainge 'University of Manchester SKA Technical Work' to the STFC SKA Technical Oversight Commitee. Held at STFC, UK 28th September 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk: URSI, Montreal 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact URSI conference in Montral, Canada. Prof Keith Grainge talk on 'Results from prototyping of the SKA Signal and Data Transport Systems'. 25th August 2017. Also; Lei Liu attendance and contribution: obtained Young Scientist Award and found potential cooperation opportunities, presentation given.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ursi2017.org/welcome_e.shtml
 
Description Talk: eMERLIN / EVN Conference September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk from Prof Keith Grainge 'e-MERLIN: Digital Developments'. eMERLIN / EVN Conference held at Jodrell Bank Observatory on 12th September 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/meetings/JBOinSKAeraII/
 
Description Talks: CETC Chief Engineer May 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talks by Prof Keith Grainge 'The School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Manchester' and 'SKA in the University of Manchester'. CETC Chief Engineer meeting held at the SKAO 19th May 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017