CUG 2024 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sarah Pearce, SKA-Low Telescope Director

Dr. Sarah Pearce joined SKAO in July 2021 as Director of the SKA-Low Telescope. There she leads a growing team in Australia preparing for deployment, commissioning, and operations of the world’s largest low frequency telescope, to be built at CSIRO’s Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia, on Wajarri Yamaji country. Before joining SKAO, Dr Pearce was with CSIRO for 10 years as the Deputy Director of CSIRO Space & Astronomy and was Acting CSIRO Chief Scientist from January 2021 until her move to SKAO. Dr Pearce led CSIRO’s engagement in the SKA and was Australia’s science representative on the negotiating team for the SKA Treaty. She also established CSIRO’s Space research program, as well as the cross-organisational Centre for Earth Observation.