The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, will visit the University of Western Australia (UWA) this week to meet researchers from the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s largest telescope.
On Friday, 23 November, Prince Andrew will "receive an overview" of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), which is a joint venture between Curtin University and UWA.
The duke is well known for his interest and support of science, technology and engineering, and ICRAR executive director Professor Peter Quinn said he is excited to show Prince Andrew the facilities.
"We place a strong focus on turning our early career team members into world-class researchers, and this is a great opportunity to highlight their contribution," Professor Quinn said.
"It is a pleasure to have the Duke of York visit, and to show him the link between outback Australia and exploring our universe."
After a briefing of the ICRAR, Prince Andrew will unveil a foundation plaque for UWA’s Ezone Student Hub, which is an $80 million interactive space for collaboration between students, industry, alumni and staff that will "prepare students for the engineering workforce of the future".
UWA vice-chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater said the Duke's visit is perfect considering his personal interests.
"The Duke of York has a solid history of promoting youth and learning, particularly in the sciences, and we are excited that he has had the opportunity to visit UWA," Professor Freshwater said.
"This visit will enable us to showcase to the world Western Australia’s contribution to the SKA, astronomy, technology and engineering."
The ICRAR was founded in 2009 in order to host the SKA, and in the last nine years has evolved into an internationally renowned, multi-disciplinary centre for science, engineering and data intensive astronomy.
The SKA site is located in a remote area around 800 kilometres north of Perth, and is positioned in Australian Radio Quiet Zone WA to protect from radio interference from electronic devices.
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