Newsletter                             Issue 12/2017

RadioNet Joint Research Activity BRAND EVN

RadioNet Joint Research Activity BRAND EVN

RadioNet has launched the JRA BRAND EVN (Broad-bAND EVN), which under the lead of Dr. Walter Alef (MPIfR) is constructing the prototype of a so-called BRAND receiver with an unprecedented bandwidth ranging from 1.5GHZ to 15.5 GHz.

This frequency range is an order of magnitude larger than any existing single radio receiver. The advantages are evident: due to the larger bandwidth BRAND will increase the sensitivity of a radio observatory enormously. The effort for maintenance will drop significantly. The EVN equipped with such receiver will offer new scientific possibilities to the users, like simultaneous maps of radio sources over the whole usable band. Read more


Advanced Software Tools for Interferometry in Gothenburg

Advanced Software Tools for Interferometry

Members of the European ARC nodes network met on 28-30 November 2017 in Gothenburg to discuss the development of advanced software tools for interferometry. The ALMA observatory produces high-quality and complex observational data, giving us a view of the universe in unprecedented detail. At the same time, ALMA provides support for astronomers on a very high level. Handling the data and providing this support requires the continuous development of software tools by experts. Read more

© Matthias Maercker (OSO)

ALMA data processing workshop

ALMA data processing workshop

The RadioNet co-funded ALMA data processing workshop was held on 5-7 December 2017 in Lisbon at the Faculty of Science of Lisbon University. Scientists from different parts of Europe learned how to manage ALMA data, starting from raw data to end up with scientifically useful images and spectra. More

© Ciro Pappalardo (IA-Lisbon)

Agreement signed for LOFAR station in Latvia

The world’s biggest connected radio telescope will expand into Latvia. On 5 December, Ventspils University College (VUC) and AstroTec Holding BV, subsidiary of ASTRON, signed an agreement to develop a Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) station for the Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre (VIRAC). Read more


Paco Colomer to take over as JIVE director

Francisco 'Paco' Colomer will become the director of JIVE, beginning in January 2018. He takes over the position that Huib van Langevelde has held for ten years. Colomer joint JIVE as policy officer and manger of the EC-funded 'JUMPING JIVE' project in 2017; he came from the Spanish National Geographic Institute, where he had acted as coordinator of VLBI activities with the Yebes telescope for the last 20 years. A hand over event is being organised to take place in early February.




RadioNet's Transnational Access programme ensures free of charge access to the best European radio astronomical research infrastructures. This opportunity is open to all European researchers and to some extent to researchers from non-EU countries. More

Effelsberg telescope: apply by 5/2/2018

The 100-m radio telescope of the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio astronomy is one of the World's largest fully steerable instruments. The present policy allows the allocation of up to 40% of available observing time to external astronomers. The institute can provide support and advice on project preparation, observation, and data analysis. Read more

The submission deadline is on 5 February 2018, 15:00 UT



ERC Consolidator Grants: €630 million from the EU to 329 top researchers

The ERC has announced on 28 November 2017 the awarding of the Consolidator Grants that go to 329 top researchers across Europe. With a total of 2538 submitted proposal, the success rate was of 13%. The majority of the winners came from the research institutes located in United Kingdom (60), followed by the researchers from German (56) and French (38) institutes. The list of selected researchers and more information is given here.


European Research Infrastructures (incl. e-Infrastructures) Information day

RICH, the network of National Contact Points for Research Infrastructures, in cooperation with the European Commission's Research and Innovation Directorate-General, organized the Information Day on Thursday 30 November 2017 in Brussels. The aim of the Research Infrastructure Information day was to inform potential participants in the new Work Programme 2018-2010 and to offer some opportunities for exchange and networking. Streaming


Brexit negotiations go to second phase

A sufficient progress has been achieved in each of the three priority areas of citizens' rights, the dialogue on Ireland / Northern Ireland, and the financial settlement: the life choices made by EU citizens living in the United Kingdom will be protected; the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens in the EU27 will remain the same after the UK has left the EU; any administrative procedures will be cheap and simple for EU citizens in the UK. As regards the financial settlement, the UK has agreed that commitments taken by the EU28 will be honoured by the EU28, including the UK. With regard to the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, the UK acknowledges the unique situation on the island of Ireland and has made significant commitments to avoid a hard border.


Interim Evaluation of Horizon2020 - towards FP9

On December 1 2017, the Council of the European Union adopted the conclusions to the Interim Evaluation of Horizon2020. These conclusions furthermore give a view towards FP9. Cooperation, excellence, impact and openness are the fundamental principles of FP9, and the EU added value is the major driver for the design and implementation of the next FP. A three-pillar-structure programme has increased the impact, however better transfer of outputs into innovation processes, products and services should be enabled by the ninth FP. Read more


"Putting the EOSC vision into practice": Sharing & preserving research data across disciplines and borders.

From 22 to 25 January 2018, Porto (Portugal) will host the EUDAT Conference to bring together data infrastructure users and providers and policy makers from across Europe. Community decision-makers and data managers, scientists and research communities, policy-makers, e-Infrastructure projects, research infrastructures and ESFRI projects are welcome to contribute.




supported by RadioNet

• Atacama Large-Aperture Submm/mm Telescope (AtLAST) on January 17, 2018

• The big impact of a big dish: Science with the Effelsberg 100-m Telescope on February 20, 2018

• APEX & ALMA single dish training workshop on March 15, 2018


• Cosmic Rays: the salt of the star formation recipe on May 2, 2018

• IAU Symposium 342: Perseus in Sicily on May 14, 2018

• 14th EVN Symposium & Users Meeting on October 8, 2018

Links to these and to other related events here.



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