The Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) is since 2021 a new international organisation dedicated to radio-astronomy.
Since 2015, the Swiss Community lead by EPFL has been following the project and on Jan 2022, Switzerland has become the 8th full member of this organisation. SKAO headquarters are located in Jodrell Bank near Manchester, and the two telescope will be located in South Africa and Western Australia. Prof. Kneib will present SKAO in details and explain the challenges of the project in particular linked to the huge amount of data (600 Pb/year), as well as radio-interferences from the future 5G satellite constellations.
Prof. Jean-Paul Kneib holds a Master in Astrophysics and Space Technology and a PhD in Astrophysics. He has worked as a support astronomer, at ESO in Chile. He has conducted research in Gravitational Lensing and Cosmology in Cambridge (UK), Toulouse, Caltech and Marseille before coming to EPFL. He has worked with data coming from various space observatories (HST, XMM-Newton, Herschel, ISO, Chandra, Spitzer, WISE), and participated in many space projects ideas (SNAP, JDEM, SPACE, OMEGA, CoWeX). He is currently strongly involved in the Euclid space mission.He has been a member of the ESA Astronomy Working Group, and of the Hubble Space Telescope User Committee. Currently, he serves on XMM-Newton, Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope time allocation committees.