The international astronomy community aims to develop and build the largest "telescope" in the world: the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). European Radio Astronomers are jointly working in the Square Kilometre Array Design Study ("SKAD") to develop the most versatile and technologically most advanced concept for the SKA. The next generation of EU technical academics and astronomers need to be trained to prepare them for their future contribution and cooperation on the global SKA project at the high level. Knowledge transfer on the European level from lead scientists to (young) less experienced scientists is essential, to be realised in this project.
- to educate young and less experienced astronomers and technical scientists about SKA (DS) and all scientific and technological advancements, developments and breakthroughs;
- to provide both young astronomers and young technical scientists with a common "framework", so they can better understand each other¿s work, needs and possibilities;
- to provide a coherent training programme;
- to create a large (future) European basis of expertise in the fields of SKA(DS) and SKA-enabling technologies;
- to disseminate the SKA and SKADS approach, advancements and results, especially by means of knowledge transfer from lead scientist to (young) less experienced scientists.
The programme content ranges from basic radio astronomy and technology subjects to special topics. The training programme has the following components:
a. Schools, Radio astronomy: fundamentals and the new instruments;
b. Astronomical workshops: scientific aspects of SKA(DS);
c. Technical workshops: antennas and enabling technologies for SKADS;
d. Mixed workshops: science and instruments.
The last component includes a practical assignment and symposium attendance. The overall set-up of events allows young and less experienced researchers to benefit from the experience of leading researchers as much as is possible.
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