Newsletter Issue 3/2019



Voices of women in RadioNet

On the occasion of the recent International Women's day – excellent female radio astronomers and also outstanding scientist and engineers in RadioNet expressed statements about RadioNet and their professional experiences in order to encourage more women to join and stay in the astronomical and engineering fields. Find here their practises, motivations and missions.

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Planet-Forming Disks Workshop

Planet-Forming Disks Workshop

The workshop was organised on March 4-8, 2019 in Villa Vigoni/IT and aimed at discussing the first steps of planet formation, substructure in protoplanetary disks, the physical and chemical conditions of volatiles, and the various processes driving accretion onto the star and disk evolution. It focused on presenting and interpreting observations of protoplanetary disks obtained with RadioNet infrastructures (APEX, IRAM-30m, NOEMA and ALMA). This workshop brought together scientists from the radio astronomy community, observers and modellers. The workshop has been supported by RadioNet.

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The founding members of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) signed on March 12, 2019 the international treaty establishing the intergovernmental organisation that will oversee the delivery of the world’s largest radio telescope. Seven countries signed the treaty at present, including Australia, China, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope. The SKA is not a single telescope, but a collection of telescopes to be spread over long distances. It will be constructed in Australia and South Africa with a later expansion in both countries and into other African countries. The Headquarters is located in the United Kingdom. Read more.

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ERIS 2019 - First announcement

ERIS 2019 - First announcement

The RadioNet funded training event 8th European Radio Interferometry School (ERIS) will take place in Gothenburg/SE during the week October 7-11, 2019. ERIS will provide a week of lectures and tutorials on how to achieve scientific results from radio interferometry. The registration is open. Read more.

CESRA Workshop 2019

CESRA Workshop 2019

The workshop CESRA2019: The Sun and the inner heliosphere will be held on July 8–12, 2019 in Potsdam/DE. The format of the workshop will combine plenary sessions and working group sessions, with invited review talks, oral contributions, and posters. The registration is open until May 1, 2019. More.



Gender Equality in R&I - role of Funding Agencies

GENDERACTION - a Horizon H2020 project that supports mainstreaming gender equality in the European Research Area (ERA). The project has published a briefing paper focussing on the role of Research Funding Organizations to innovate policy design and implementation for gender equality. Some of the recommendations cover a gender-balanced composition of scientific evaluation panels, monitoring the success rates of men and women applicants among other gender indicators, targets for women award holders and positive action ensuring that half of the eligible applicants are women.

ERA progress report 2018

The ERA Progress Reports assess every two years the progress on all the priorities of the European Research Area (ERA). According to the new report, the member states have made progress in mostly all of the Research Areas. At the same time, the pace seems to be slowing and large disparities between countries persist. The report sees not only considerable room for further improvement on most priorities, but also calls for a reflection on how to accelerate, strengthen and further encourage implementation of ERA priorities. This should be supported by the long-term EU-budget.

101 ideas on the future of Research & Innovation in Europe

The EC has just issued the 101 Ideas on the Future of Research & Innovation in Europe, a collection of proposals to stimulate debate on the future of research and innovation policy in Europe. The ideas arise from a yearlong series of meetings, the Tour d’Europe, where experts from the RISE (group of experts on Research, Innovation and science policy) and ESIR (group of experts on economic and social impact of Research and Innovation) met with their counterparts from across Europe. More.

European Semester: Assessing member states´ progress

In the frame of the European Semester, the European Commission made the annual assessment on the economic and social situation in the member states, and stressed the need to promote investment, pursue responsible fiscal policies and implement well-designed reforms. Research and Innovation are an important part of this year’s assessment. The EC stresses that investment in Research, Development and Innovation are a must in most member states, for raising the states´ productivity growth and competitiveness.



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



- JIV-ERIC — CRAF Frequency Manager

- AALTO Postdoctoral researcher or Research Fellow in VLBI

- UMAN — Telescope Array Controller

Check also EURAXESS



supported by RadioNet

• Eating VLBI workshop on April 15, 2019

• Multi-messenger astronomy with SKA precursors and pathfinders, a capacity building workshop on May 12, 2019

• Zooming in on star formation on June 10, 2019

• New Perspectives on Galactic Magnetism on June 10, 2019

• Astrochemistry: From Micrometers to Megaparsecs on June 24, 2019

• EWASS 2019 on June 24, 2019

• EVN TOG meeting on June 26, 2019

• A centenary of astrophysical jets: observation, theory and future prospects on July 23, 2019

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



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