This is a recording of a talk given by Dr Brian Boyle, SKA Project Director for Australia at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science. In this talk Dr Boyle discusses what the SKA project involves, the potential it holds for scientific discovery, and its likely impact on the Australian economy.

This event took place on the 25th June, 2012 and is one of a series of talks delivered by CEDA ( the Committee for Economic Development of Australia). CEDA is a national, independent, member-based organisation providing thought leadership and policy perspectives on the economic and social issues affecting Australia.

Dr Brian Boyle, SKA Project Director; Australia/New Zealand at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science completed his PhD at the University of Durham in the UK. He held positions at the University of Edinburgh; the Anglo-Australian Observatory; the University of Cambridge; was Director of the Anglo-Australian Observatory (1996 to 2003) and Director of CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility (2003 to 2009) before his appointment to CSIRO SKA Director in February 2009. Dr Boyle has published more than 300 papers in astronomy.

His primary research interests are in the fields of quasars, active galaxies and cosmology. While at the AAO he led the 2dF QSO redshift survey program, and is currently involved in the Australia Telescope Large Area Survey (ATLAS). He plays a major role both nationally and internationally in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) program; a project to build the world's largest cm-wavelength radio telescope.

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