Issue 9/2018



This year's conference covered giant radio pulses, double neutron star systems and solar corona, with a lot more in between!

The Young European Radio Astronomers Conference (YERAC) 2018 took place from 4-6th September, following a collaborative organisational effort from JIVE and ASTRON, and sponsorship from RadioNet.

Thirty participants were welcomed to Dwingeloo to discuss their research among peers, and the conversations were lively and engaging. 2018 marks 50 years since YERAC was originally coordinated by Emile Blum, Harry van der Laan and Peter Mezger. After meeting at NRAO in the US, the trio wanted to find a way to bring young European astronomers together to meet and exchange ideas and experiences.

Many of the international radio astronomy community have attended YERAC and benefitted from the collaborations that have stemmed from this meeting. The organisers and sponsors wish this year's participants the best of luck with their future endeavours!

Text & Image © G. Maffey (JIV-ERIC)

ICRI 2018

Participants from more than 50 countries attended the ICRI2018 event organised by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, with funding from the European Union. ICRI aims at providing a forum for strategic discussion on international cooperation for research infrastructures at global level, highlighting the essential role of research infrastructures, and reflecting on the needs, development, and operation of global and national research infrastructures.

Speakers as well as participants representing high-level stakeholders from across the globe and highly profiled institutions discussed all aspects of research infrastructures: human resources, diversity, data as well as policy issues and long-term planning (stream).

ICRI2020 will be hosted in Ottawa /Canada.

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European Astronomical Society : Important dates

EWASS 2018 – nominations for MERAC Prizes

Nominations for the 2019 MERAC Prizes for the Best Early Career Researcher in Theoretical Astrophysics, Observational Astrophysics, and New Technologies (Instrumental/Computational) are welcome until Friday, 28 September 2018 at 17:00:00 CEST. For details on the procedure, please refer to this page.

The winners will be presented at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS 2019, Lyon, France, 24-28 June 2019).




Launch of the ESFRI Roadmap 2018

On 11 September 2018, the ESFRI Chair G. Rossi presented officially the 2018 ESFRI Roadmap on Large Scale Research Infrastructures during a half-day conference in Vienna. In total, six new infrastructures for the thematic sections on energy, environment, health care and nutrition, and also social and cultural innovation have been incorporated in the Roadmap. The current Roadmap 2018 contains now 18 ESFRI projects.

Since the ESFRI Roadmap was first started in 2006, 37 ESFRI research infrastructures have been evaluated as so called “landmarks”. These are research infrastructures that are being implemented already. Furthermore, the roadmap identifies two thematic sections with great strategic potential for the development of new research infrastructures: religious sciences and digital services for social sciences.


The ERC Work Programme 2019 published

The four main ERC frontier research grants will be available under Work Programme 2019. Starting, Consolidator, Advanced, and Synergy Grants. ERC Principal Investigators will continue to be able to apply for Proof of Concept Grants.

This Work Programme introduces the possibility for one Principal Investigator in a Synergy Grant Group to be based anywhere in the world, including outside the territory of the European Union (EU) Member States and Associated Countries. In addition, Work Programme 2019 will pilot the award of Proof of Concept grants on the basis of a lump sum of EUR 150 000.


RESAVER - supplementary pension solution for researchers

Researchers – moving between different jobs and countries - risk losing their pension. The European Commission tries to tackle this problem.

RESAVER is a dynamic, state-of-the-art, pan-European pension solution that aims at enhancing the mobility of researchers. It enables employees to remain affiliated to the same supplementary pension fund when moving between different countries and changing jobs. At the same time, RESAVER helps research organisations attracting and retaining the best researchers while benefitting from an efficient management of pension plans and lower overhead cost. Read the full article here.



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 100-m radio telescope Effelsberg PROPOSALS

The 100-m radio telescope of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy and the data reduction facilities are available to all qualified scientists. The present policy allows the allocation of up to 40% of available observing time to external astronomers.

Astronomers, who are based in the EU and the Associated States but are not affiliated to a German institute, may also receive additional support from the Transnational Access Program of RadioNet. Additionally to the access, this will entail reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses for one of the proposal team members to visit the telescope for the observations. Find here the Call for Proposals.

Deadline for Proposals - 4 October 2018, 15 UT

Image © N. Tacken (MPIfR)



- IRAM — Staff Astronomer at the IRAM 30-meter telescope, Internship at the IRAM Superconducting Devices Group, IRAM Postdoctoral Research Position in Millimeter Astronomy for NOEMA

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supported by RadioNet

• 10th IRAM mm interferometry school – Grenoble – 1 October 2018

• 14th EVN Symposium & Users Meeting – Granada – 8 October 2018

• SPOOR Meeting - Granada - 11 October 2018

• Radio2018 – Recent Progress in Radio Astronomy – Jena – 24 October 2018

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



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