The results from the current Epoch of Reionization (EoR) experiments (e.g. LOFAR, MWA and PAPER) are expected in coming years. These very deep observations will not only set constraints on when and where the first sources formed in the early Universe and began (re)ionizing the predominantly neutral all-pervasive intergalactic medium, but will provide high-quality data for cutting edge auxiliary foreground science.
Obviously studying the physical origin of the foregrounds, whether Galactic or extragalactic, is a very exciting field in its own right and is of fundamental importance for perfecting the foreground removal techniques in the cosmological experiments.
This symposium, aimed at discussing both, is perfectly timed for: (i) getting the clearest and widest view possible on the EoR; (ii) showing the richness of data and presenting the state-of-the-art foreground science; and (iii) discussing challenges of coming and planned facilities (e.g. HERA and SKA).