UK SKA Observatory Science Committee (UKSKAOSC)

The UKSKAOSC acts as the conduit between the UK-SKA programme and the UK science community, communicating the latest news and project time points, encouraging involvement, and helping to achieve the UK science priorities and objectives from the SKA. This is achieved by regular town meetings with the UK science community and via the SKA representative at each of the UK’s universities. The UKSKAOSC meets regularly and provides a platform for communication.


Members (as at 1 March 2023 and currently under review):

  • Chair: Dr Leah Morabito, Durham University
  • Professor Martin Hardcastle, University of Hertfordshire
  • Dr David Eden, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Professor Philip Best, The University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Pamela Klaassen, UK-ATC
  • Professor Matt Jarvis, University of Oxford
  • Dr Leah Morabito, Durham University
  • Dr Biagio Forte, University of Bath
  • Dr Lucy Oswald, University of Oxford
  • Dr David Bacon, University of Portsmouth
  • Dr Hilary Kay, The University of Manchester

University SKA representatives

  • Bath: Carole Mundell
  • Birmingham: Ian Stevens
  • Bristol: Mark Birkinshaw
  • Cambridge: Mark Ashdown
  • Cardiff: Steve Eales
  • Durham: Alastair Edge
  • Edinburgh: Philip Best
  • Glasgow: Graham Woan
  • Herts: to be confirmed
  • Hull: Kevin Pimbblet
  • Imperial: Jonathan Pritchard
  • Keele: Jacco van Loon
  • Kent: Michael Smith
  • University of Central Lancashire: Stewart Eyres
  • Lancaster: Julie Wardlow
  • Leeds: Melvin Hoare
  • Leicester: Andrew Blain
  • Liverpool John Moores University: Steve Longmore
  • Manchester: Gary Fuller
  • Newcastle: Andrew Fletcher
  • Nottingham: Emma Chapman
  • Open University: Stephen Serjeant
  • Oxford: Rob Fender
  • Queen Mary University of London: Phil Bull
  • Queen’s University Belfast: Rubina Kotak
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory: Glenn White
  • St Andrews: Claudia Cyganowski
  • Sheffield: James Mullaney
  • Southampton: Francesco Shankar
  • Sussex: Ilian Iliev
  • University College London (main site): Izaskun Jimenez-Serra
  • UCL/MSSS: Jason McEwen
  • University of South Wales: Stewart Eyres
  • Warwick: Elizabeth Stanway

We are happy to receive volunteers for contacts at other institutions not yet included on this list. Please contact the UKSKAOSC chair.

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More sources of news:


David Bacon, UKSKAOSC Chair


George Madden, Head of SKA Project Office

Telephone: 01793 442075

Simon Haynes, SKA Project Office

Telephone: 01793 442127

Last updated: 24 February 2023

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