Building an Open UK SKA-Science Consortium

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An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Stephen Serjeant (OU), Mark Thompson (Herts) and Jonathan Prichard (Imperial All astronomers are welcome at the RAS specialist meeting on "Building an open UK SKA Science Consortium", on Friday 13th of March 2015 at Burlington House, from 10.30 to 3.30. The aim is to foster and stimulate the formation of collaborations for future SKA science. Unlike the 2014 meeting at the RAS, we intend this to be a science-focussed meeting: not just forward-looking to the SKA, but also including pathfinders and precursors such as LOFAR, ASKAP, MEERKAT, MWA, e-Merlin and JVLA as well as multi-wavelength synergistic science and theory. There will be space for posters and time for 1-slide poster presentations. The organisers are particularly keen to encourage abstract submissions from outside the 'usual' radio astronomy community. Talks can be either 15 or 30 minutes long, including questions. To submit an abstract for a talk or poster, please email your abstract to stephen.serjeant (at) with the subject header RAS-SKA. 10:00 Registration10:15 Robert Braun - Background to the Square Kilometre Array10:30 White - Galactic plane astronomy with LOFAR10:45 Fenech - The eMERLIN Cyg OB2 radio survey (COBRaS)11:00 Gompertz - The radio signatures of magnetar-driven short gamma-ray bursts, and their detectability with the SKA11:15 Viti - Complex organic molecules in galactic and extragalactic massive star forming regions11:30 Staley - TraP, an image-plane transients detection pipeline for radio astronomy11:45 Stappers - Searching for radio pulsars and fast transients in the SKA era12:00 Bisi - Heliospheric physics and space weather studies with12:15 1 min poster presentations12:30ish LUNCH13:15 Conselice - SKA and Euclid synergies13:30 Harrison - Weak gravitational lensing with the SKA13:45 Jackson - SKA and gravitational lensing14:00 Muxlow - The eMERGE galaxy evolution survey14:15 McAlpine - The evolution of faint radio sources in the VIDEO XMM-LSS field14:30 Bull - Testing fundamental cosmology with the SKA14:45 Haehnelt - Probing reionization with lyman alpha in absorption and emission15:00 Watkinson - High-redshift constraints on reionization and the nature of X-ray production from the moments of 21cm maps15:15 Bray - High energy particle detection with the SKA new-generation radio telescope systems15:30 tea