The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) was founded in August 2009 with the specific purpose of supporting Australia’s bid to host the world’s largest radio telescope and one of the largest scientific endeavours in history, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).
We are a joint venture between Curtin University (Curtin) and The University of Western Australia (UWA), with funding support from the State Government of Western Australia. ICRAR has research nodes at both universities and is now host to over 100 staff and postgraduate students.
Since our launch, ICRAR has played an integral role in the development of the SKA project and has grown into an internationally renowned, multi-disciplinary research centre for science, engineering and data intensive astronomy. A key focus during the first 5 years of operation was securing the SKA site for Australia by strengthening our radio astronomy capabilities, working with the WA Government and the mining sector to secure a radio quiet site and contributing to the international collaboration that are funding, designing and constructing the SKA. ICRAR has also placed a strong focus on promoting radio astronomy and generating an international profile by attracting top academics from around the world and developing our more than 30 early career staff into world-class researchers.
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