Switzerland is actively working towards membership of the SKA Organisation, which is being discussed in the framework of the national roadmap for infrastructure 2017-2020.
Swiss scientists are at the forefront of many fundamental science questions which will be addressed with the SKA. The community is intensively carrying out multi-wavelength observations with the world’s leading facilities and satellites covering the vast electromagnetic spectrum from high energies to the radio domain. Swiss scientist are already using interferometric observations, and are using several SKA precursor projects. Research groups in Switzerland are also among the world leaders in numerical simulations for astrophysics, a fundamental topic for future experiments such as the SKA.
Academia and industry carry out important research and development on cutting-edge technology, which is crucial to meet the challenges of the SKA. This includes e.g. hardware (e.g. large capacity memories, fast analog-digital converters), data compression and extraction techniques, signal and image processing, machine learning, and other Big Data developments.
The Swiss SKA consortium, leading the efforts to join the SKA, is currently composed by the following institutions:
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL), University of Geneva (UniGE), Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich(ETHZ), University of Zurich (UniZH), Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (FHNW), Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale (HES-SO), and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre Lugano (CSCS).