Capturing Science from the Pathfinder Survey Data

Cape Town,  8 – 11 September 2020

Credit: MeerKAT 2016, South African Radio Astronomical Observatory

Code of Conduct


The 10th SKA Pathfinder Radio Continuum Survey (SPARCS) meeting takes place in Cape Town, between the 8th and 11th September 2020.

SPARCS is the forum to maximize the scientific return from the SKA Pathfinder projects’ continuum surveys. The SKA PAthfinder Radio Continuum Survey (SPARCS) Working Group has the following goals:

  1. To coordinate developments of techniques, to avoid duplication of effort and ensure that each project has access to best practice;
  2. To hold cross-project discussions of the specific science goals, to ensure cross-fertilisation of ideas and optimum survey strategies;
  3. To coordinate the surveys in their choice of area, depth, location on the sky, and other survey parameters, to maximise the science return from the surveys;
  4. To distill the SKA pathfinder experiences into input to the SKA.

Local Organising Committee

  • Prof. Russ Taylor (Chair), UCT, Cape Town, South Africa 
  • Prof. Mario Santos, UWC, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Prof. Oleg Smirnov, RU, Grahamstown, South Africa
  • Dr. Brad Frank, UCT, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Dr. Fernando Camilo, SARAO, Cape Town, South Africa


The Local Organising Committee will publish the  Science Programme soon. Please do check back again.



The Local Organising Committee will publish logistical information soon. Please do check back again.

Code of Conduct

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) is committed to making this meeting productive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality or religion. We will not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Please follow these guidelines:

  • Behave professionally. Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or jokes are not appropriate. Harassment includes sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, stalking, and photography or recording of an individual without consent. It also includes offensive comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion.
  • All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate.
  • Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees.

Participants asked to stop any inappropriate behaviour are expected to comply immediately. Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the event at the sole discretion of the organizers without a refund of any charge.

Any participant who wishes to report a violation of this policy is asked to speak, in confidence, to any of the LOC members.

This code of conduct is based on the “London Code of Conduct“, as originally designed for the conference “Accurate Astrophysics. Correct Cosmology”, held in London in July 2015. The London Code of Conduct was adapted with permission by Andrew Pontzen and Hiranya Peiris from a document by Software Carpentry, which itself derives from original Creative Commons documents by PyCon and Geek Feminism. It is released under a CC-Zero licence for reuse. To help track people’s improvements and best practice, please retain this acknowledgement, and log your re-use or modification of this policy at