European Radio Astronomy Consortium

Newsletter Issue 03/2024

In memory of Roy Booth

In Memoriam

With sadness we learnt that Prof. Roy Booth passed away on 27.2.2024.

Roy Booth, previous Director of Onsala Space Observatory and Board member of RadioNet projects, was a passionate advocate for international cooperation within astronomy and against taking narrow national perspectives. We have lost an important contributor to radio astronomy and a dear friend.

Read here the full memorial at Onsala Space Observatory's pages, and here SARAO´s.

Image: © J-O Yxell

Groundbreaking survey reveals secrets of planet birth around dozens of stars

Groundbreaking survey reveals secrets of planet birth around dozens of stars

In a series of studies, a team of astronomers has shed new light on the fascinating and complex process of planet formation. The stunning images, captured using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) in Chile, represent one of the largest ever surveys of planet-forming discs. The research brings together observations of more than 80 young stars that might have planets forming around them, providing astronomers with a wealth of data and unique insights into how planets arise in different regions of our galaxy.

Read more.

Image: © ESO/C. Ginski, A. Garufi, P.-G. Valegård et al.

CPS Urges Action In First Recommendations Paper
16th European VLBI Network Symposium and Users´ Meeting

16th European VLBI Network Symposium and Users´ Meeting

The second announcement of this traditional conference held biennially by the European VLBI Network - this time in Bonn/DE.

The European VLBI Network Symposium is the main forum for discussion of the latest Very Long Baseline Interferometry scientific results and technical and technological developments within the EVN member countries. Traditionally this also involved further communities all over the globe.

Important deadlines:

10 June 2024: deadline for abstract submission

30 June 2024: deadline for registration and fee payment

Read more.

ERIS2024 – first announcement & registration is open

ERIS2024 – first announcement & registration is open

The European Radio Interferometry School - ERIS2024, co-organised by JIV-ERIC and co-sponsored by ORP, will take place 30 September - 4 October 2024 in Granada/ES.

Registration is now open.

Registration deadline: 10 May 2024.

More information here.



New version of the EC´s EU Funding & Tenders Portal

The EC launched a redesigned version of the EU Funding & Tenders Portal on 18 March 2024. It contains all important information and documents on EU programmes. See the new portal here.

New Codes of Practice for industry-academia co-creation and citizen engagement for knowledge valorisation

On 5 March 2024 the Commission published two Recommendation on a Code of Practice on industry-academia co-creation and on citizen engagement for knowledge valorisation.

Both codes of practice provide guidance for researchers and innovators on how to actively engage with other players to jointly produce and valorise knowledge for the benefit of the economy and society.

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The second Horizon Europe strategic plan 2025-2027

On 20 March 2024 the EC published the Second Horizon Europe strategic plan 2025-2027.

The Horizon Europe strategic plan for 2025-2027 sets out the strategic orientations for the final years of the EU’s largest research and innovation (R&I) programme to date – Horizon Europe.

Read more here.



New ORP Multi-Facility call for proposals

New ORP Multi-Facility call for proposals

ORP is pleased to announce the launch of the new ORP Multi-Facility call for proposals.

This call for proposals invites astronomers from diverse fields to submit observation proposals using multiple observatories for the same scientific project. Assistance is available to support the submission of multi-wavelength proposals. This initiative aligns with ORP's commitment to advance collaborative and cutting-edge astronomical research. Key details:

• Participants have the chance to access more than eighteen individual facilities,expanding the scope of their research.

• There are no restrictions on the scientific areas that can be proposed, fostering a diverse range of research avenues.

• Observation programmes must involve a minimum of two ORP facilities, encouraging collaboration and maximising the potential for impactful discoveries.

• The call is applicable to both non-simultaneous (non-time-critical) and time-critical/sensitive observations (e.g. contemporary or with the requested cadence).

See more information here.

Deadline for submission: 9 April 2024; 14:00 UTC/15:00 BST/16:00 CEST

INAF: Open Call

INAF: Open Call

The call for proposal for observing with the INAF telescopes is open. See the call here.

INAF participates with the Sardinia Telescope (SRT)  in the Transnational Access program of the ORP project, which is funded by the EC Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No. 101004719. For observations with the STR telescope, access/funding can be offered through the ORP project.

Submission deadline: 15 April 2024 (12:00 UTC)

100-m Effelsberg radio telescope: Open call for proposals

100-m Effelsberg radio telescope: Open call for proposals

The call for proposals of the 100-m radio telescope (Effelsberg/DE) of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy is open.

Access/funding is offered through the ORP project.

Submission deadline: 30 May 2024 (15:00 UT)

Image: © N. Tacken (MPIfR)

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.



• SARAO - Science Regional Centre (SRC) Lead – position – deadline 02.04.2024; Senior Power Engineer – position – deadline 05.04.2024

• SKAO – Project Manager - Infrastructure Contracts – position – deadline 08.04.2024; Software Quality Engineer – position – deadline 08.04.2024; Systems Engineer – position – deadline 09.04.2024; Software Architect – position – deadline 12.04.2024; Data Processing Software Engineer – position – deadline 19.04.2024

• ALMA – Trainee Software Engineer/Grade 13 – position – deadline 12.04.2024

• IRAM – Staff Astronomer Position for NOEMA – position – deadline 15.04.2024; Operations Scientist Position for NOEMA – position – deadline 30.04.2024; Postdoctoral Position – WIDENING – A NIKA2 ANR on Nearby Galaxies/IRAM Grenoble – position; Postdoctoral Research Positions in Millimeter Astronomy for NOEMA/IRAM Grenoble – position – deadline 15.05.2024

• ESO –Adaptive Optics Engineer / Physicist – position – deadline 10.04.2024; Technical Purchaser – position – 02.05.2024; Internship: Science Presenter at ESO Supernova – position – deadline 31.12.2024; Internship: Science Communication – position – deadline 31.12.2024

Check also EURAXESS



• 11th BCool meeting – 09-11.04.2024 – Dwingeloo/NL

• EGU24-G2.4 Global Geodetic Observing System: VLBI component merit – 14-19.04.2024 – Vienna/AT & virtual

• 7th LOFAR Data School – 15-19.04.2024 – Dwingeloo/NL

• e-MERLIN data school – 13-15.05.2024 – Manchester/UK

• The AtLAST Design Study: results, science, and next steps -– 21- 24.05. 2024 – Mainz/DE

• IAU Symposium 388: Solar & Stellar Coronal Mass Ejections – – Krakow/PL

• 1st Nordic Meeting on Neutrino and Radio Astronomy – 27-30.05. 2024 – Gothenburg/SE

• European ALMA school – 10-14.06.2024 – Manchester/UK

• The promises and challenges of the alma wideband sensitivity upgrade – 24-28.06.2024 – Garching/DE

• CAP2024 – 24-28.06.2024 – Toulouse/FR & online

• The promises and challenges of the ALMA wideband sensitivity upgrade – 24-28.06.2024 – Garching/DE

• EAS2024 – 01-05.07.2024 – Padova/IT

• XXXII IAU General Assembly 2024 – 06-15.08.2024 – Cape Town/ZA

• IAU Symposium on Gravitational Wave Astrophysics – 06-08.08.2024 - Cape Town/ZA

• IAU Focus Meeting: The future of radio astronomy in an increasingly crowded spectrum – 07-08.08.2024 – Cape Town/ZA

• IAU GA2024-Women in Astronomy Working Group session – 06-15.08.2024 – Cape Town/ZA

• European VLBI Network Symposium & Users Meeting – 02-06.09.2024 – Bonn/DE

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

• ERIS 2024 – 30.09-04.10.2024 – Granada/ES

 See also the Calendar




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