SKA-Link kick-off meeting – 3rd & 4th April 2017

SKA-Link kick-off meeting - picture of the group


Caption: From left to right: Christopher Skipper (U. of Manchester), Robert Simmonds (UCT), Peter Kacsuk (SZTAKI), Malcolm Atkinson (U. of Edinburgh), Rosie Bolton (U. of Cambridge), Russell Taylor (IDIA), Michael Wise (ASTRON), Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro (IAA-CSIC), Yan Grange (ASTRON), Susana Sánchez-Expósito (IAA-CSIC), Antxón Alberdi (IAA-CSIC), Antonio Chrysostomou (SKAO), Amrey Krause (U. of Edinburgh), Jens Krüger (U. of Tübingen), Rosa Filgueira (BGS), Julián Garrido (IAA-CSIC), Alessandro Spinuso (KNMI).


As the first meeting of SKA-link project its main objective is to define the first steps for accomplishing the main proposed goal:

To evaluate cutting edge technologies for scientific data exploitation in order to define a set of best practices to be considered in the design of the SKA Regional Centers. The final aim is to make of SKA a reference not only in science and technology, but in Scientific Methods. Hence we will put an emphasis on reproducibility.

We will meet together:

  • key members of the SKA consortium in charge of designing the Science Data Processor,
  • responsibles of the design of the SKA Regional Centres, as well as
  • experts on cutting edge e-Science technologies for the scientific exploitation of DCIs. 
At the end of the meeting we expect to have achieved a detailed understanding of the problems to approach, as well as the available tools and expertise supplied by the different teams.
The planned sessions are:

To finalise, a round table will take place to discuss the meeting conclusions and the next actions to be carried out.

Here you can find the agenda.


  • Peter Kacsuk (SZTAKI)
  • Antonio Chrysostomou (SKAO)
  • Michael Wise (ASTRON)
  • Rosie Bolton (University of Cambridge)
  • Alessandro Spinuso (KNMI)
  • Paul Alexander (University of Cambridge)
  • Jens Krüger (University of Tübingen)
  • Jose Ramón Rodón (IAA-CSIC)
  • Yan Grange (ASTRON)
  • Rosa Filgueira (British Geological Survey)
  • Rafael Garrido (IAA-CSIC)
  • Julian Garrido (IAA-CSIC)
  • Susana Sánchez (IAA-CSIC)
  • Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro (IAA-CSIC)
  • Robert Simmonds (University of Cape Town)
  • Malcolm Atkinson (University of Edinburgh)
  • Chris Skipper (University of Manchester)
  • Russ Taylor (IDIA)
  • Amrey Krause (University of Edinburgh)
  • Ivan Agudo (IAA-CSIC)
  • Emilio García (IAA-CSIC)
  • Antxón Alberdi (IAA-CSIC)
  • Guillem Anglada (IAA-CSIC)
  • Javier Pascual-Granado (IAA-CSIC)
  • Marina Fernández-Peña Mollá (IAA-CSIC)

 The meeting will start on the 3rd of April at 9am and end on the 4th of April by 2pm


The workshop will be held at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA) in Granada, Spain. We are within walking distance (less than 15 minutes) from the city center. Parking is free in the area but it is extremely difficult to find a spot if you arrive after 8am, so we advice that, if you have a car, you leave it at the parking of your hotel, and walk.

The best way to reach Granada from abroad is by plane. The Airport of Granada is at 20 minutes driving from Granada downtown and is connected with the International Airports of Madrid, Barcelona and London. The fastest way into the city is to take a taxi. The cost is about 30€ from the airport to downtown Granada. For those on a budget and with patience there is a regular bus service (to the right end of the terminal as you exit), which takes you to the city center for about 3€, with a final stop next to Hotel Saray. The journey by bus should take less than 1 hour.

There is also an International Airport with connections with all major European hubs in Málaga, at 130 km from Granada. This is 1h30 away from Granada by car and there are many easy options to come to Granada: direct bus from the airport, car rental (one can get good fares with e.g. Enterprise), shared taxis. If you are interested in sharing a private taxi from Malaga airport with some other attendees, please contact Marina ( and she will organize the lifts according to the times of arrival. For your information, the total price of the taxi is 140€ that you would split according to the people that share the taxi with you.


  • Sunday tapas, 8pm at the Lemon Rock Bar and Hostel in the city center.
  • Dinner on Monday, 8pm at the restaurant “Estrellas de San Nicolás”.
    • This is the menu for the dinner. You will be asked on Monday morning about your choices for the dinner. Please let us know if you have any comment on the options proposed.
    • Here you can find a map with the main locations you need to know for these days: IAA, Lemon Rock, Estrellas de San Nicolás and some hotels.
  • For Tuesday, we would need to know how many of you would like to have lunch at the IAA. Please, let us ( know in order to arrange the lunch for that day too.
  • Also please let us know ( if you have any dietary restriction to take into account.



Below you can find a list of hotels near the IAA. We made a special arrangement with Hotel Saray and Macia Monasterio de los Basilios (see below).

Calle Enrique Tierno Galván, 4
T: +34 958 130009
F: +34 958 129161
Esteban Montemarani | Reservations +34 958 050 421 (direct) / +34 958 130 009
Special agreement with the IAA: 65,97€/room. Contact them by email to check if there is still any room available at that price.

Paseo de los Basilios, 2- junto Colegio PP. Escolapios
Contact: D. Francisco Viedma
T: +34 958 81 74 01
F: +34 958 81 74 92
When you call or write an email indicate that there is an agreed price for Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC) of 57€ (breakfast included)

C/ Acera del darro,62
T: +34 958 25 83 00
F: +34 958 25 64 62

C/ de la Sultana,3, 18008, España
T: +34 902 222 570

Avda. de América, 3 – Granada
T: +34 958 181 500
General email: