Astronomy is well-known for its ability to attract young people to science and technology careers, and drive education and training that can also help solve major societal challenges and answer immediate crises.

It plays a role in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and encourages science literacy in the population as a whole.

Taking advantage of its size, diversity and high profile, the SKAO will be a proactive and progressive voice in society, to address global challenges and emergencies, inspire the next generation, contribute to progressing the global agenda around equality, diversity and inclusion, and build strong relationships with local and Indigenous communities. For instance, the land on which the SKA telescopes will be constructed, in both Australia and South Africa, has strong ties to Indigenous heritage. 

Respecting Indigenous cultures and the local populations and engaging positively with them has been a key consideration since the inception of the SKA project.

Last modified on 01 July 2022