Big science: how the SKA is changing the world

7:45 am–9:30 am
Thursday, October 20, 2016

City of Perth Library Auditorium
Ticket price: $20 (includes a light breakfast)

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is the world’s largest science project. Join Professor Peter Quinn, Executive Director of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, in a discussion on the gargantuan amount of data being collected for the SKA, which is changing the way we do science. This global collaboration, headquartered in Western Australia, is sifting through data to detect faint signals from distant galaxies – ‘finding needles in a cosmic haystack,’ says Quinn. What might future economic spin-offs from such a major data-science project look like?

About the speaker

peter-quinnProfessor Peter Quinn is the Executive Director of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR). Professor Quinn has worked at the California Institute of Technology, the NASA Space Telescope Science Institute and the Data Management and Operations Division at the European Southern Observatory headquarters in Munich. In December 2005, Peter was awarded a Western Australian Premier’s Fellowship and took of the position of Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Western Australia in August 2006. He was appointed Director of ICRAR in 2009.


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This event is presented by Knowledge Society and sponsored by the City of Perth and the State Buildings.

Image: SKA Project Development Office and Swinburne Astronomy Productions [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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