Newsletter Issue 8/2019

Visibility of the support of H2020/RadioNet in Radio Astronomy

Visibility of the support of H2020/RadioNet in Radio Astronomy

A plaque with the acknowledgment of the H2020/RadioNet support has been produced and placed at every facility of the RadioNet partners. This is the new collage for making  concrete visibility for the importance & impact of the European Commission´s support .

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The 2019 Peter McGregor Prize awarded to the DiFX collaboration

The 2019 Peter McGregor Prize awarded to the DiFX collaboration

The award is made to an individual or team for the design, invention or improvement of astronomical instrumentation and associated software techniques. The ASA awarded the 2019 Peter McGregor Prize to the DiFX Collaboration leader Prof Adam Deller.

The DiFX correlator, made publicly available in 2007, has been a popular choice and is now used for production correlation by a number of observatories and research groups worldwide. Contributors of the DiFX are the following: Adam Deller, Walter Alef, James Anderson, Matthias Bark, Matthew Bailes, Walter Brisken, Roger Cappallo, Geoff Crew, Richard Dodson, Dave Gordon, Zheng Meyer-Zhao, John Morgan, Chris Phillips, Cormac Reynolds, Jon Romney, Helge Rottman, John Spitzak, Matteo Stagni, Steven Tingay, Jan Wagner, Mark Wainright, Randall Wayth.

First Interferometry school - Registration open

First SMA Interferometry school - Registration open

The first SMA Interferometry school will take place on January 12-17, 2020 in Hilo/Hawaii, organized by the Center for Astrophysics, in conjunction with the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the University of Hawaii. The program of the School includes lectures and hands-on tutorials, a one-day trip to the Maunakea summit including the SMA, as well as reduction, analysis and presentation of results from observations obtained during the School. Registration will close on September 8th, 2019.

Eighth International VLBI Technology Workshop - registration open

Eighth International VLBI Technology Workshop - registration open

The Eighth International VLBI Technology Workshop will take place from November 18-20, 2019 in Sydney, Australia and will be hosted by CSIRO. The International VLBI Technology Workshops have evolved from the highly successful 10-year series of International e-VLBI workshops. The scope of the technology workshops aims to encompass all areas of hardware and software development relevant to VLBI. Registration is now open.


New Zealand pulls out of the SKA in 2020

The New Zealand government has announced on July 2, 2019 that it will pull out of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a global project to build the world’s largest radio telescope spread out over two continents (Australia and Africa).

New Zealand has been involved in the SKA since 2011 and at present is a founding member of the SKA Organisation – a not-for-profit company established to manage the first phase of the project. The first phase is likely to conclude in 2020, at which point the ‘organisation’ will be replaced by the ‘SKA Observatory’ - a new international organisation set up to construct and operate the telescope. New Zealand government argued that the benefits of membership of the SKA Observatory (the next ‘construction’ phase of the project) are not sufficient to account for its cost.



ESFRI Roadmap 2021 Info Day

The update of the ESFRI Roadmap will be inaugurated on an Information Day on September 25, 2019 in Brussels. The update is to be completed in 2021. During the event, top Roadmap stakeholders will present the requirements, the procedure and the methodology of selection of proposals for new RI Projects to enter the Roadmap. Additionally, the monitoring process for ESFRI RIs already on the Roadmap will be discussed. The registration is open.

Horizon 2020 funding if there’s no Brexit deal

The UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has provided on June 28, 2019 guidance concerning UK participation in the Horizon2020 program in case of a ‘no deal’ scenario. “In the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario, UK researchers and businesses would be able to apply to and participate in all those Horizon 2020 calls open to Third Country participants from the date of exit, with funding provided via the extension to the guarantee. Third Country participation does not extend to some Horizon 2020 calls, e.g. ERC, NSCA and SME instruments”. More information here.

EIT Board search for new 8 members

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is an EU body created by the European Union in 2008 to strengthen Europe’s ability to innovate. The EIT Governing Board is the principal governing body, entrusted with the strategic leadership and the overall direction. The EIT Board members are experts from higher education, research, business and innovation. Leading academics, business representatives, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers are encouraged to apply by October 7, 2019.



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

International LOFAR Telescope Proposal Call

SINGLE-CYCLE ONLY: Proposals are invited for new projects, in any supported general-user mode. Single-cycle projects should achieve their science goals with an allocation only in the upcoming semester Cycle 13 (December 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020). While they may, of course, stem from results of any previous LOFAR observations, they should stand on their own, and should not request supplements to Long-Term projects that are already allocated for Cycles 10-13. Genuine filler and expert shared-support projects are only considered for long-term projects, and such proposals thus are not admitted to this proposal round. The next long-term proposal opportunity will be offered in the Cycle 14 proposal call, in 2020.

Submission deadline: September 11, 2019, 12:00 UT


IRAM Call for proposals

The Call for Proposals on IRAM telescopes, both the NOEMA interferometer and the 30-meter telescope, for the winter semester 2019/2020, covering the scheduling period December 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020 is available here (pdf file). This document describes the proposal submission procedure. A detailed description of the observing capabilities of the 30m telescope and the current status of the NOEMA interferometer are given in separate documents.

Submission deadline:  September 12, 2019, 17:00 CEST (UT + 2 hours)




- IRAM - System Administrator in the Computer Group at IRAM/Granada

- ESO - Instrumentation Engineer/Physicist

Check also EURAXESS



supported by RadioNet

• Views on the interstellar medium in galaxies in the alma era on September 2, 2019 - Bologna/IT

• 9th IRAM 30m Summer School on September 6, 2019 - Pradollano/ES

• The 3C Radio Sky: Legacy of the Third Cambridge Catalogue on September 15, 2019 - Turin/IT

• Phased Array Feed Workshop on September 16, 2019 - Bonn/DE

• LOFAR MSKP on September 23, 2019 - Bochum/DE

• ADASS 2019 on October 6, 2019 - Groningen/NL

• ERIS2019 on October 7, 2019 - Gothenburg/SE

• EPTA on October 7, 2019 - Marcoux/FR

• SKA VLBI KEY Science Projects and Operations Workshop on October 14, 2019 - Jodrell Bank/UK

• ALMA2019 on October 14, 2019 - Cagliari/IT 

• LOFAR Solar Space Weather KSP Busy Week on October 21, 2019 - Dwingeloo/NL


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



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