Newsletter                             Issue 1/2018



Prof. J. Anton Zensus

Director of Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy


RadioNet Coordinator

wishes you all

a happy and successful

year 2018!


© 2017 Helge Horn / RadioNet

Workshop on self-calibration and advanced imaging

Workshop on self-calibration and advanced imaging

The Italian ARC node organized with financial support of RadioNet a workshop on self-calibration and advanced imaging on 11-13 December 2017 at INAF/Bologna.

The main purpose of this short workshop was to obtain a better understanding of the self-calibration and advanced imaging techniques, in particular on ALMA data. It was a unique opportunity for the participants to familiarize themselves with these techniques and to discuss about them in an informal way with experts in the field: Dr. Ed Fomalont (JAO & NRAO) and Dr. Anita Richards (UK ARC node, UMAN). More.

© J. Brand / INAF

Agreement signed for LOFAR station in Latvia

The world’s biggest connected radio telescope will expand into Latvia. On 5 December 2017, 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). More


First ELT main mirror segments successfully cast

The first six hexagonal segments for the main mirror of ESO's Extermely Large Telescope (ELT) have been cast by the German company SCHOTT AG in Mainz on 9 January 2018. A total of 798 segements will form a 39-metre main mirror. When completed by 2024, the ELT will be the largest optical telescope in the world. More.




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




Towards FP9 - Maximising the impact of EU research and innovation

The European Commission presented on 11 January 2018 recommendations for a future research and innovation programme in the Communication on the Horizon 2020 interim evaluation. The key messages include a mission-oriented approach, focusing on cracking specific challenges, as a way of boosting the impact of the programme. Additionally, there is a need for an increase in effective engagement of citizens and support for breakthrough innovation. Concrete links with other EU funding programmes should be deepened and open science strengthened.


Public consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market

In 2018, the European Commission will make comprehensive proposals for the next generation of financial programmes for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, which is the EU's long–term budget. This requires a careful assessment and thus a public consulation on EU funds in different areas has been opened. This consultation is an integral part of the process and its objective is to collect the views of all interested parties on how to make the most of every euro of the EU budget. All citizens and organisations are welcome to respond to this consultation by 8 March 2018.


European Astroparticle Physics Strategy 2017-2026

The Astroparticle Physics European Consortium (APPEC) presented the new European Astroparticle Physics Strategy 2017-2026 at a launch event on 9 January 2018 in Brussels. Scientists, policy makers and representatives of funding agencies discussed organisational aspects and societal issues like global collaboration, community building, gender balance, education, public outreach and relations with industry. The new APPEC strategy addresses scientific issues and an update of the long term scientific strategies.  By acting coherently upon these recommendations, Europe will be able to fully exploit the tantalizing discovery potential in Astroparticle Physics. Find the APPEC strategy paper here.


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

From 22 to 25 January 2018, Porto (Portugal) hosted 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

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

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

• Revisiting Narrow-Line Seyfert 1 Galaxies and their place in the Universe on April 10, 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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