Our main activities/news during this period have been the following:

Like last year, Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro presented the SKA project and the current status of the Spanish participation at the European Researchers Night, which took place at the end of September and counted, in Granada, with more than 10.000 attendees during the whole day of events.

From 3 to 5 October, a meeting about astronomical instrumentation in Spain took place at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) headquarters in Madrid. Called the RIA-SpaceTec meeting, aimed to offer a discussion forum to the national astronomical community involved in the development of instrumentation. It counted also with a talk about SKA, this time focusing on the technological part of the Spanish participation.

Also in October, another member of Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), Susana Sánchez Expósito, went to Lisbon to attend the 9th Iberian Grid Conference: IBERGRID 2018: Towards the European Open Science Cloud – EOSC, where she gave a talk called “From AENEAS to the SKA Regional Centres. The Spanish contribution”. She also attended the Digital Infrastructures 4 Researchmeeting where she presented a poster about the “Best practices for achieving reproducible science with the SKA: the SKA-Link project”.

On 20th of November, the official press release about the ESCAPE project was published in all countries involved in the project. ESCAPE (European Science Cluster of Astronomy & Particle physics ESFRI research infrastructures) aims to address the Open Science challenges shared by ESFRI facilities (SKA, CTA, ELT, EST, FAIR, HL-LHC, KM3NeT) as well as other pan-European research infrastructures (CERN, ESO, JIV-ERIC, EGO-Virgo) in astronomy and particle physics research domains. IAA-CSIC participates in the ESFRI Science Analysis Platform (ESAP) Working Package, due to its role in contributing to make possible that the SKA become a reference in scientific methodology.

Last but not least, we have translated into Spanish the fact sheets released by the SKAO last September to have them available for all the Spanish speaking community.

Report provided by Marina Fernández-Peña Mollá (IAA-CSIC)