European Researchers Night
Last September 30th, the “European Researchers Night” was celebrated in most of the European countries. It is a public outreach event in which researchers explain their Science projects to a general public. This year, this initiative was a real success in Granada. From noon up to late in the evening, more than 14,000 people attended a large number of public talks, outreach activities for all ages, scientific demonstrations, and much more. This magnificent event was a great opportunity to show the scientific activity developed in the research institutes of a city like Granada.
The Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC) coordinates the Spanish involvement for the SKA. The researchers night was a perfect occasion to explain the Spanish activities related to the SKA project. Two talks were given by Manuel González (IAA), who explained that Spain is currently participating both in the SKA Science Working Groups and at the design tasks of the SKA through more than twenty companies and research institutes, which are contributing to seven out of the eleven design consortia of the SKA. People were very interested in such a big project.
Apart from that, the IAA-CSIC had its own stand. Five roll up banners about the SKA were also exhibited during the whole event. Two of them explained what the SKA is, and what is the Spanish participation within the project. The remaining three showed reproductions of some of the pieces of art of the Shared Sky exhibition, the indigenous art exhibition created by the SKA Organisation.
The IAA-CSIC has been funded by the call i-Link, from the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the Spanish National Research Council. This call is created to promote scientific collaboration and networking between CSIC teams and foreign research centres. The name of the funded project is “SKA-Link: combining knowledge to pioneer Big-Data solutions for SKA Data Centres”, and it will be running between 2017 and 2018. It will serve for the CSIC team to establish a collaboration between SDP members, including those designing SKA Regional Centres, the European groups developing leading-edge e-Science technologies, and Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe, connecting up to a total of 11 groups.