|Arnold van Ardenne
| The emphasis of this MIPREP(*) workshop (7-11 March) was on widefield instruments for the SKA, and in particular on Mid Frequency Aperture Arrays (MFAA). Therefore, it was organized together with the SKA AAMID Consortium, which also met for their consortium meeting at the same location.
Hosted by the South African Astronomical Observatory at their beautiful premises in Cape Town, we saw a focused program with excellent presentations (see http://www.astron.nl/midaa2016/programme.php ). The program was also broad, since one key goal was to identify and make steps towards MFAAs in (South) Africa, involving S.A. industry and the SKA S.A. office. Other initiatives like the development of the African VLBI Network were covered also.
To further stimulate the re-appraisal of MFAAs, a typical Braai was prepared. Participants enjoyed a wonderful sunset cruise, featuring a welcoming whale, followed by a waterfront dinner.
Based on the positive vibes, and the identification of some exciting science cases, a select group was tasked to create a white paper at their earliest convenience.
(*) The EC-FP7 program MIDPREP promotes and enables the exchange of staff and expertise between two leading European research institutes in Sweden and the Netherlands, and three South African university partners. In this way MIDPREP supports the activities of worldwide SKA consortia on radio-optics, calibration, ICT, processing and technology.
|Picture: Steve Torchinsky