European Radio Astronomy Consortium

Newsletter Issue 06/2023

A new view of the Universe

A new view of the Universe

An international collaboration of European astronomers, together with Indian and Japanese colleagues, including scientists from the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT), Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR), Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI) and others have published the results of more than 25 years of observations from six of the World's most sensitive radio telescopes in Europe and India.

Along with other international collaborations, the European and Indian Pulsar Timing Arrays have independently found evidence for ultra-low-frequency gravitational waves, expected to come from pairs of supermassive black holes found in the centres of merging galaxies.

These results are a crucial milestone in opening a new, astrophysically rich window in the gravitational wave spectrum.

Read more in an Astron article Pulsar clocks open new window on gravitational waves, in the MPIfR article A new view of the Universe and in the INAF article "Pulsars reveal the breathing of space-time".


Image: © Daniëlle Futselaar (artsource.nl) / MPIfR; A cosmic population of binary supermassive black holes generates a background of gravitational waves. Pulsars are rapidly rotating neutron stars and are the most precise clocks in the Universe. When a gravitational wave passes the Pulsar Timing Array, the arrival time of the pulses on Earth is affected by a tiny amount of less than 100 nanoseconds. The largest telescopes on Earth are used to precisely monitor the rotating ticks of these pulsars over decades to reveal the faint echoes of distant black holes.

YERAC, 12-15 September at Jodrell Bank

YERAC, 12-15 September at Jodrell Bank

The 52nd Young European Radio Astronomers Conference (YERAC) will be held in Manchester/Jodrell Bank, UK, from 12-15 September 2023.

YERAC has been running since 1968, giving up to 40 early career researchers from across Europe, nominated from their institution director, an opportunity to meet and present their research to their peers. Registration will be open until 1 August 2023. Read more.

ASTRONET Roadmap 2022-2035 extensive report issued

ASTRONET Roadmap 2022-2035 extensive report issued

The extensive report of new Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap for European Astronomy is now available.


Third AtLAST newsletter issued

Third AtLAST newsletter issued

AtLAST is a concept for a next generation 50-meter class single-dish astronomical observatory operating at sub-millimeter and millimeter wavelengths, run as a facility telescope by an international partnership and powered by renewable energy.

AtLAST has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 951815

Read here the third AtLAST newsletter. You can find all newsletter issues here.

NIAS-Lorentz Program: Open call for coordinators for the NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group 2025

NIAS-Lorentz Program: Open call for coordinators for the NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group 2025

The NIAS-Lorentz Program calls for coordinators for the NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group 2025.

The NIAS-Lorentz Program is a collaboration established in 2006 by NIAS (Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Amsterdam) and the Lorentz Center - workshop center for all scientific disciplines, Leiden. It promotes innovative interdisciplinary research that brings together perspectives from the social sciences and humanities on the one hand and the natural and technological sciences on the other and  gives special attention to topics of societal importance that require extensive collaboration across traditional scientific boundaries in order to progress. The deadline for applications with a pre-proposal is 1 September 2023, for full proposal 1 November 2023.
Find more information here.




2022 Annual report from the EC to the EU Parliament and the Council

See here the annual Report on Research and Technological Development Activities of the European Union and Monitoring of Horizon Europe and Horizon 2020 in 2022.

Horizon Europe strategic plan 2025-2027 analysis

The Publications Office of the European Union has published end of May 2023 the analysis of the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan 2025–2027. It underpins the development of the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan 2025–2027 by providing a solid base of evidence, as set out in the legal basis of Horizon Europe.

Research & Innovation organisation Chart

Udated version from 1 June 2023.

UK participation in EU programmes for research, innovation

The UK government has again extended its commitment to provide replacement funding for UK participants in Horizon Europe calls. All calls in Horizon Europe with a submission deadline before or on 30 September 2023 are covered.

See here UKRI´s regularly updated factsheet on UK participation in EU programmes for research, innovation and higher education and here UKRI´s updated Horizon Europe guarantee guidance document.




Transnational Access CALLS:

European ALMA Regional Centre

The European ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) provides the interface between the ALMA project and the European science community. The ARC is staffed by scientists with expertise in radio astronomy and interferometry and it supports its users throughout the lifetime of a project, from proposal preparation to data analysis. Users that want to visit an ARC node for a face-to-face visit can apply for funding through the ORP project. 

Westerbork Apertif Long Term Archive

ALTA offers to the world-wide astronomical community free virtual access to data and scientific products produced from all sky surveys of the Northern sky that will be conducted with the new Apertif frontend of the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT), as well as tools to query, further exploit and perform data mining of these products adaptable to diverse research goals. The access/funding offered through the ORP project.

LOFAR Long Term Archive

LTA is a long-established archive and access facility supporting the international LOFAR telescope. It is currently the largest radio astronomical archive in the world already exceeding 45 PB from LOFAR’s past 10 years of operations. The LTA provides a central and key resource for all observed LOFAR astronomical science programs where the data become public within 12 months of first creation. The access/funding is offered through the ORP project.

Max Planck Society Call for APEX Proposals

Max Planck Society Call for APEX Proposals

The Max Planck Society call for APEX Proposals is open.

See the call here.

Deadline: 5 July 2023 (18:00 CEST)

Image: © ESO

EUROPLANET: Open calls

EUROPLANET: Open calls

Funding needed for a project related to planetary science? Run a successful project with pubic engagement focus? EUROPLANET calls are now open for applications for the Europlanet Outreach Funding Scheme 2023 and nominations for the Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement 2023.

Submission deadline: 19 July 2023



• ESO – Engineering PhD – position – deadline 02.07.2023, Procurement Officer – position -– deadline 09.07.2023, Electronics Engineer – position – deadline 15.07.2023, Engineering Internship – position – deadline 31.12.2023, Internship: Science Communication – position – deadline 31.12.2023

• University of Cambridge – Delivery Manager – position – deadline 03.07.2023

• CSIRO – Controls Manager - SKA-Low Telescope – position - deadline 09.07.2023

• University of Bielefeld – Research Position (Postdoc) in Radio Astronomy – position – deadline 13.07.2023

• IAU Office for Astronomy – Outreach Director – position – deadline 21.08.2023

• SARAO – Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2024 – position – deadline 31.08.2023

• MPIfR – M2FINDERS/postdoctoral position (m/f/x) in radio astronomy – position

Check also EURAXESS



• NAM2023 - 03-07.07.2023 - Cardiff/UK

• 1st ESCAPE Collaboration Meeting - 7.7.2023 - online

• EAS 2023 – 10-14.07.2023 – Krakow/PL

• Single Dish Summer School and GBT Training Workshop – 06-11.08.2023 – Green Bank/US and online

• Asia-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting/APRIM 2023 – 07-11.08.2023 - Koriyama/JP

• GBT Training Workshop – 12-14.08.2023 – Green Bank/US

• IAU Symposium 365: Dynamics of Solar and Stellar Convection Zones and Atmospheres – 21-25.08.2023 – Moscow/RU

• IAU Symposium 384: Planetary Nebulae: a Universal Toolbox in the Era of Precision Astrophysics – 04-08.09.2023 – Cracow/PL

• 15th DiFX Users and Developers Meeting – 11-15.09.2023 – Socorro-NM/US

• YERAC – 12-15.09.2023 – Jodrell Bank/UK

• German Science Opportunities for the ngVLA Part II – 27-28.09.2023 – Leipzig/DE

• The 14th Gaia Science Alerts workshop – 02-05.10.2023 -– Valletta/MT

• IAU Symposium 385 - Astronomy and Satellite Constellations: Pathways Forward – 02-06.10.2023 – La Palma-Canary Islands/ES

• IAU Symposium 386 - Dark Sky and Astronomical Heritage in Boosting Astro-tourism around the Globe – 13-17.11.2023 – Addis Abeba/ET

• ISYA2023 – 19.11.-09.12.2023 – Cape Town/ZA

• ALMA at 10 years: Past, Present, and Future – 04-08.12.2023Puerto Varas/CL

• 9. Annual Science at Low Frequencies (SALF) conference – 11-15.12.2023 – Amsterdam/NL & online

• Meerkat @ 5 conference - 20-23.02.2024 - Stellenbosch/ZA

• European ALMA school – 10-12.09.2024 – Manchester/UK

• IAU General Assembly - 06-15.08.2024 - Cape Town/ZA

 See also the Calendar




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