Newsletter Issue 04/2020


                  Stay healthy and safe!

In times like these, safety is a priority. Now we must take all a step back, in order to continue soon. At the moment we are dealing with urgent and important matters, which must take priority.

Please take care of yourself, your families, friends and colleagues!

RadioNet team


Coronavirus COVID-19

Operation of the RadioNet office, the RadioNet partners and collaborators (SKA, ALMA) is currently limited. To minimize the risks for staff, most employees are working remotely. The visits, events and also telescope operations are cancelled or on hold. Please follow the links to the events and to our calendar:

• EPTA Collaboration Meeting - Ringberg/DE - originally 30.3-1.4.2020 - postponed for 2021

• EVN TOG/GTG Meeting- Bonn/DE - originally 5-7.5.2020 - postponed

• North-European Radio Astronomy School - Turku/FI - originally 25-29.5.2020 - postponed

• 6. Workshop on CSS & GPS Radio Sources - originally 9.6.2020 - postponed to 12.5.2021

Something is Lurking in the Heart of Quasar 3C 279

Something is Lurking in the Heart of Quasar 3C 279

The Event Horizon Telescope observes a bent jet near a black hole. A team led by Jae-Young Kim at the MPI for Radio Astronomy has imaged the jet origin at 20 µas resolution and found that deep in the quasar 3C279’s heart, something weird goes on …Read more.

Image – EHT image of the 3C 279 jet in April 2017, © J.Y. Kim (MPIfR) and the EHT Collaboration

EAS 2020 moving to a virtual meeting, 29 June – 3 July 2020

EAS 2020 will be held as virtual meeting

The EAS 2020 / European Astronomical Society Annual Meeting (known as EWASS), due to the Covid-19 situation will be held as virtual meeting on June 29 - July 3, 2020. Read more.

50th Young European Radio Astronomers Conference, 18-21 August 2020 in Grenoble

50th YERAC

The 50th Young European Radio Astronomers Conference will take place on August 18-21, 2020 at IRAM in Grenoble/FR. Read more.


Switzerland’s EPFL joins SKA Organisation

The Swiss Science and Technology University École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has become the 14th member of the SKA Organisation (SKAO) following a unanimous decision by the SKA Board of Directors. EPFL will be the lead institution coordinating involvement in the SKA on behalf of the Swiss academic community.

Image: The main EPFL campus in Lausanne sits on the shores of Lake Geneva (Credit: Mediacom EPFL; CC BY-SA 4.0)

2nd OPTICON Instrumentation School, September 16-25, 2020 in Milan

2nd OPTICON Instrumentation School

The 2nd OPTICON Instrumentation School will take place September 16-25, 2020 in Milan/IT. Theme: Integral Field Spectroscopy. Read more.



New EC newsletter & information on impact of COVID-19 on projects

From April 2020, the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel publishes a monthly newsletter with relevant news and information on the topic area. The first issue explains the reactions on the challenges connected to the Corona Virus. Subscription to the monthly newsletter here.

Find here the new launched webpage on Corona Research and Innovation.

Furthermore, the EC published a section with the FAQs on the impact of the Corona crisis on project administration. Information is constantly updated.

ERC Resignation of Mauro Ferrari

Professor Mauro Ferrari subsequently resigned on April 7, 2020. The ERC's Scientific Council presented a day after the facts on the situation with regret the statement made by Prof. Ferrari, as all 19 active members of the ERC’s Scientific Council individually and unanimously requested on March 27 that Mauro Ferrari resign from his position as ERC’s President. This request was made for four reasons. Read more.

The Gender Equality Strategy 2020-25 published

On March 5, 2020, the European Commission published the Gender Equality Strategy for the European Union. It applies until 2025. The Gender Equality Strategy can be downloaded in English, German, or French. Furthermore, there is the page “ Questions and Answers: Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025”.



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


Virtual Access to ALTA

The Westerbork Apertif Long Term Archive (ALTA) is a brand new facility offering to the world-wide astronomical community free virtual access to data and scientific products produced from all sky surveys of the Northern sky that will be conducted with the new Apertif frontend of the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT), as well as tools to query, further exploit and perform data mining of these products adaptable to diverse research goals.


Effelsberg - Call for Proposals

The 100-m radio telescope of the Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie 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. The directors of the institute make observing time available to applicants based on the recommendations of the Program Committee for Effelsberg (PKE), which judges the scientific merit (and technical feasibility) of the observing proposals. More

Deadline: June 3, 2020 (15:00 UT)



ESO - Software Engineer (ALMA Science Archive)

SKA – RFI & EMC Engineer and IT Network & Security Engineer

Check also EURAXESS



supported by RadioNet

• LOFAR4SW User Workshop - Warsaw/PL - on May 13, 2020

• 15th EVN Symposium and User´s meeting - Cork/IR - on July 6, 2020 

• 50 YERAC - Grenoble/FR - on August 18, 2020

• CESRA2020 Summer School - Prague/CZ - on August 24, 2020

• CASA-VLBI workshop - Dwingeloo/NL - November 2, 2020

• ADASS2020 - in Granada/ES - on November 8, 2020

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



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