The European Commission has appointed Jean-Pierre Bourguignon as President of the European Research Council (ERC) on an interim basis. Professor Bourguignon will be in office from 27 July 2020 until the next ERC President is selected and takes up duties. More on Jean-Pierre Bourguignon here.
European Council: Agreement on a multiannual financial framework and a new set-up plan for the European Union
The European Council agreed on 21 July 2020 on the next multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027 and on a plan for the new set-up of the European Union. Representatives of the 27 member states agreed in Brussels on a complete EU budget of 1820 billion EUR, 750 billion of it for the set-up of the [...]
The RadioNet Newsletter 07/2020 has been issued today.
VLBI proposals for observing at 3mm wavelength (86 GHz) using: the VLBA, GBT*, EFFELSBERG, PICO VELETA, NOEMA**, ONSALA, METSAEHOVI, YEBES and KVN telescopes should be submitted by 3 August 2020. All proposals should be submitted using the NRAO proposal submission tool. For further details on proposing, including the possibility of additional support observations at 7mm (43 [...]
The European Astronomical Society (EAS) Annual Meeting (formerly known as EWASS, and earlier JENAM) with more than 25 years of tradition has imposed itself as largest conference for European astronomy. The EAS 2020, which hosted 1777 participants was planned to be held in Leiden/NL, but due to the pandemic was held virtually from 29 June to 3 [...]
The European Research and Innovation Days will take place as virtual meeting, 22-24 Sep 2020. The European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond. More details on the event here.
International LOFAR Telescope Regular Proposal Call open. The LOFAR Cycle 15 will run from 1 December 2020 - 31 May 2021. Submission deadline is September 2020. Proposals should be submitted using the Northstar for LOFAR proposal submission tool. For the preparation of your proposal, please consult the short Walk Through manual of NorthStar. Proposers must ensure [...]
The European Commission launched a consultation on ERA Roadmap. In the following months, the Commission will publish a communication on re-focussing the ERA. For preparation of this Communication, the Commission has launched a roadmap and an online consultation. Deadline for suggestions is August 3, 2020. More information here.
An independent Identification Committee set up by the European Commission has begun the search for potential candidates for membership of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC). Nominations are accepted until 30 September 2020. ERC Scientific Council members are appointed by the Commission on the basis of recommendations of the Identification Committee. The [...]
Book “Open Skies: The National Radio Astronomy Observatory and its Impact on US Radio Astronomy” by Ken Kellermann published
The book "Open Skies: The National Radio Astronomy Observatory and its Impact on US Radio Astronomy" by Ken Kellermann has been published by Springer. It documents the history of NRAO from the time of the first discussions in the early 1950s about building a national radio astronomy facility through the construction of ALMA. The emphasis is [...]