Newsletter                             Issue 2/2018

Start of the workshop Atacama Large-Aperture Submm/mm Telescope (AtLAST)

Workshop on Atacama Large-Aperture Submm/mm Telescope (AtLAST)

The AtLAST workshop was held on January 17-19, 2018 at ESO in Garching/DE and attracted a broad international community to build the case for a next-generation submm telescope. The workshop science/technical aspects of the Atacama Large-Aperture Submm/mm Telescope were discussed. The workshop was a crucial forum to collect insights and feedback, and commit to a single vision for producing a single dish facility. Roughly half of the workshop was dedicated to discussion and planning. More

© T. Mroczkowski (ESO)

The HI content of isolated ultra-diffuse galaxies

In order to test several models of  ultra-diffuse galaxies (UDGs) models, the team of E. Papastergis, E. A. K. Adams and A. J. Romanowsky observed four isolated UDGs with the Effelsberg 100-m telescope to place limits on the HI mass of these galaxies under the RadioNet Transnational Access program (Project 111-16).

One of these galaxies has a clear HI detection and is compatible with a formation model based on feedback-driven outflows. However, the other three galaxies were non-detections and have gas fractions much lower than typical isolated galaxies with the same stellar mass. Given the isolated nature of these galaxies, this is puzzling and suggests a different formation mechanism.

Results published in Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 601, L10, 2017 - DOI

© Betsy Adams (ASTRON)

Renewed e-MERLIN funding [2018-2022]: Great News!

The e-MERLIN/VLBI National facility (the UK’s Radio Astronomy National Facility) has recently received a major boost to its support with the news that the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) will continue to fund operations of the telescope through to 2022. 

e-MERLIN is an array of seven radio telescopes, spanning 217km, connected by an optical fibre network to Jodrell Bank Observatory. The e-MERLIN National Facility is operated by the University of Manchester at Jodrell Bank Observatory on behalf of STFC. More

OPTICON H2020 (730890) NEON Observing School 2018


The 2018 NEON Observing School is hosted by the Asiago Astrophysical Observatory in Italy September 9-22, 2018. This school will provide hands-on observing experience on professional telescopes. During this school, students, together with an experienced tutor, will go through all the steps from planning and carrying out the observations to reducing and analysing the obtained data.

The NEON Observing School is primarily meant for Ph.D students in astronomy who do not have prior observing experience with professional telescopes. The local costs are covered by OPTICON, and some travel support is also available. The deadline for applications is April 6, 2018. 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

Call for Proposals on IRAM Telescopes

Call for Proposals on IRAM Telescopes

The deadline for submission of observing proposals on IRAM telescopes, both the NOEMA interferometer and the 30-meter telescope, covering the scheduling period 1 June to 30 November 2018, is 15 March 2018, 17:00 CET (UT + 1 hour). IRAM proposals should be submitted through the Proposal Management System (PMS). Read more.



Open AIRE-Advance

OpenAIRE-Advance continues the mission of OpenAIRE to support the Open Access/Open Data mandates in Europe. In this next phase, OpenAIRE-Advance strives to empower its National Open Access Desks, focuses on the operation and maintenance of the OpenAIRE technical services and steps up its outreach activities. Finally, OpenAIRE-Advance consolidates OpenAIRE’s global role extending its collaborations with Latin America, US, Japan, Canada, and Africa. More.


Science, Research and Innovation Performance of the EU (SRIP) 2018 report

This report analyses Europe's performance in science, research and innovation and the driving factors behind that performance in a global context. It combines thorough indicator-based macroeconomic analysis with deep analytical research on important policy topics. The data show among other things that more than half of the applying institutions are beginners, that the budget share of subsidized SMEs has already exceeded the 20% mark and that one out of eight eligible proposals receives funding, but 74% of high quality proposals not being funded. Download.


Horizon 2020 In Full Swing – Three Years On – Key facts and figures 2014-2016

The recent interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 confirmed that the programme is highly successful and on track. This brochure provides a snapshot of the Horizon2020 programme’s main achievements of the first three years, taking into account more than 300 calls for proposals. For the first time, some early trends can be glimpsed from the year-on-year evolution of key monitoring data such as success rates, SME (small and medium enterprises) participation, and project evaluation. Download



supported by RadioNet

• Galaxy interactions and mergers across cosmic time on March 11, 2018

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

• High Resolution Surveying with International LOFAR on March 19, 2018

• RadioNet Board and Advisory Group f2f on March 20, 2018

• Energetics and life-cycles of radio scources on March 26, 2018

• EWASS 2018 on April 3, 2018

• Revisiting narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxies and their place in the Universe on April 10, 2018

• EPTA2018 on April 18, 2018

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

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

• The Power of Faraday Tomography: towards 3D mapping of cosmic magnetic fields on May 28, 2018

• Cosmit dust: Origin, applications and implications on June 11, 2018

Links to these and to other related events are in our Calendar.



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