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SKA Board Meets at new HQ for the first time.

Submitter: Michael Garrett
Description: A few weeks ago, the SKA Board of Directors met at the new SKA Project Office (SPO) at Jodrell Bank. The Board, SPO staff, invited guests and the new building are pictured above, with the Lovell Telescope also in the background.

The board's agenda included the formal signing of the Members' resolution on the site selection decision. Papers were also presented to the board on: the resourcing of the pre-construction phase, a concept for SKA operations, possible funding models for SKA-1 and new committee structures. Michiel van Haarlem and Ian Corbett (former ESO deputy DG and IAU Gen. Secretary) presented their work on the complex issue of site hosting agreements. The upcoming Request for Proposals (RfP) was also discussed via a presentation by the new Head of Project, Jason Spyromilio.

The new building met with the approval of the Directors, although already the Board room is struggling to accommodate the expanding company membership. But I suppose this is the price of success!
Copyright: SPO/ASTRON
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