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The SKA-France coordination is continuing to organise regular scientific, technological and industrial meetings for structuring the involvement of the French community in the SKA preparation. These activities will be an important element for the evaluation of the SKA in the on-going revision of the French Roadmap for Research Infrastructures, whose results are expected to be published in early 2018.

Second SKA-France Image Processing Workshop

The Second SKA-France Image Processing Meeting took place at the Lagrange Laboratory of Côte d’Azur Observatory (Nice) on February 27th, 2017.

Participants brainstormed about their recent developments on state-of-the-art algorithms for calibration and deconvolution of radio astronomy observations. The discussion was followed by one participant from Bull/ATOS, company in charge of coordinating two of the working groups (Co-design and Parallelisation) which were set up during the Second SKA-France High Performance Computing Workshop.

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Physics of the Interstellar Medium with the SKA Workshop

The Physics of the Interstellar Medium with the SKA Workshop was held at IRAP (Toulouse) on February 27-28, 2017.

The workshop brought together interested scientists from different countries to get them acquainted with the expected capabilities of the SKA, and to establish a list of scientific topics related to the interstellar medium that are expected to benefit from the SKA and to be of interest to French researchers.

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Low-energy cryogenic solutions Meeting

The company Callisto has launched, with the support of the SKA-France coordination, an action on the cryogenic low noise amplifiers. A meeting (“Low-energy cryogenic solutions for SKA”) was hosted at Callisto headquarters in Villefranche de Lauragais (Toulouse) on March 7, 2017. Invited participants include several SKA-France industrial and research partners.

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French White Book Workshop

The publication of a French White Book (expected by autumn 2017) is intended to present an overview of the scientific, technological and industrial interests of the French community for the SKA. A general meeting between the coordinators of the different chapters was held on March 21-22, 2017, in Orsay.

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New members of the SKA-Coordination

Michel Caillat (Observatoire de Paris, LERMA Laboratory)

Michel is working at Paris Observatory as a research engineer in software development. From 2004 to 2016 he had been working for the development of the ALMA data model. Michel has joined the SKA-France team as Project Assistant to coordinate the HPC activities developed by SKA-France and its industrial and academic collaborators.

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Kévin Barriere (CNRS/INSU)

Kévin has recently joined the CNRS-INSU and the SKA-France coordination for a one year contract starting on November 2016. He is currently working in collaboration with the SKAO as Power Engineer Assistant.

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Report provided by Chiara Ferrari, Coordinator of SKA-France