Newsletter                             Issue 3/2018

RadioNet Board & Advisory Group meeting 20 March 2018 Berlin

RadioNet Board & Advisory Group meeting

The annual meeting of the RadioNet Board was held on March 20, 2018 in the Harnack House of the Max Planck Society in Berlin.

The RadioNet Coordinator, Anton Zensus, stressed the purpose of the collaboration, namely to create a coherent and sustainable radio astronomy community in Europe.

For the first time, the Board had invited independent experts from research consortia (e.g. ASTRONET, OPTICON, SKA) and from industry to give advice about RadioNet´s performance of the challenges to RadioNet. While the Advisory Group members applauded the performance of the activity, they also reminded the Board that the SKA project may change the landscape of radio astronomy in Europe. Thus there is an urgent need for dialogue on the future and on the sustainability of the RadioNet community.

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The big impact of a big dish: Science with the Effelsberg 100-m Telescope

The big impact of a big dish: Science with the Effelsberg 100-m Telescope

On February 20/21, 2018, the workshop "The Big Impact of a Big Dish: Science with the Effelsberg 100-m telescope" was held at the Max Planck Institut for Radioastronomie in Bonn. Even more than 40 years after its inauguration, the 100-m telescope is still one of the two largest fully-steerable radio telescopes in the world, and - due to continuous efforts by the institute and the Max Planck Society - in an excellent shape. This workshop has received support from the RadioNet project.

OPTICON 9th VLTI Summer School

By combining the light from four telescopes, the European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) delivers angular resolution at milli-arcsecond scale and astrometry at tens of micro-arcsecond. The available instrumentation covers the H to N-band with low to moderately high spectral resolution.

Given that long-baseline optical interferometry observing techniques are still not widespread in the community, VLTI schools are periodically organized. The school provides practical hands-on training on observational programme preparation, data reduction and analysis. The next school funded by OPTICON H2020 (730890) will take place July 9-14, 2018 in Lisbon.

YERAC 2018

YERAC 2018

The 48th YERAC will be on September 4-6, 2018 in Dwingeloo/NL hosted by JIV-ERIC and ASTRON. RadioNet is one of the sponsors.

YERAC will bring together early-career scientists in the field of radio astronomy to present and discuss their research. It is aimed at PhD-level researchers, though more junior scientists or recent graduates will be considered in exceptional cases. The programme consists of mandatory talks by the participants.

Registration closes on June 1, 2018.

10th IRAM millimeter interferometry school - Announcement

10th IRAM millimetre interferometry school

The 10th IRAM millimetre interferometry school will be held October 1–5, 2018 at the IRAM headquarters in Grenoble and is co-sponsored by the RadioNet project.

The school is intended for students, post-docs and scientists who want to acquire a good knowledge of interferometry and data reduction techniques at millimetre wavelengths, with a special emphasis on the NOEMA interferometer and its new capabilities. The school will also include practical tutorials on interferometric data reduction.

Deadline for application is July 1, 2018.



Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud

The EC published on March 14, 2018 a staff working document as outcome of the exploration of appropriate governance and financing mechanisms for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) in the form of a possible implementation Roadmap, as foreseen by the Communication on the 'European Cloud Initiative'. The document also describes the measures taken under Horizon 2020 Work Programmes to start implementing the EOSC. More


European Commission reinforces its senior management to deliver strongly in 2018/2019 and beyond

On February 21, 2018, the European Commission decided on a number of appointments concerning its top management level. Appointing the best people to the right positions will help the Juncker Commission to deliver strongly in 2018/2019 and beyond. From April 1, 2018 Jean-Eric Paquet will be the new Director-General of DG Research and Innovation: a French national who since November 2015 has served as one of the three Deputy Secretary-Generals of the Juncker Commission. Signe Ratso will be the new Deputy Director-General of DG Research and Innovation: an Estonian national who has since March 2011 served as Director in DG Trade. More


Mission-oriented research & innovation in the European Union

The European Commission has published the report on "Mission-oriented research & innovation in the European Union - A problem-solving approach to fuel innovation-led growth". This report is the result of Professor Mazzucato’s reflections based on her research, with inputs through a consultation process with internal and external stakeholders of the European Commission, upon the invitation from the EC to draw up strategic recommendations to maximise the impact of the future EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation through mission-oriented policy. The key insight of this report is that mission are both a means of setting economic growth in the direction of where we want to be as a society and a vehicle we can use to get there". More

The feedback to the report can be provided to the EC through a survey until April 3, 2018.



supported by RadioNet

• 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

• 48th YERAC on September 4, 2018

• 10th IRAM millimetre interferometry school on October 1, 2018 

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



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