European Radio Astronomy Consortium

Newsletter Issue 5/2021

10.000 ERC grantees -  Congratulations from the RadioNet community

10.000 ERC grantees -  Congratulations from the RadioNet community

The European Research Council (ERC) has just announced that it has funded its 10.000th researcher and the RadioNet community congratulates heartily the ERC and all the grantees.

The ERC grants come in different categories, e.g. for researchers starting or consolidating their careers, for collaborations, and for advanced leaders in their fields. The grants have in common that the only award criterion is scientific excellence, without considering political aspects. The rules are the same for all researchers in Europe and the evaluation panel consists of the most eminent experts in different research fields. The awards are highly oversubscribed with a success rate of less than 1 in 10. This is why the ERC Grants are considered the gold standard for scientific excellence, not only for individual researchers, but also for their host institutions.

We are proud that researchers from the RadioNet partners have been quite successful in the past in receiving ERC grants. Among them Thomas Ray with the project Ejection Accretion Structures in YSOs (EASY), Andrei Barychev with the project Study of Terahertz Focal Plain Arrays (TFPA), Jan Mathijs Van Der Hulst with the project The HI Story of Galaxy Evolution in the Nearby Universe (HISTORYNU), Michael Kramer with the projects Large European Array for Pulsars (LEAP) and BlackHoleCam (BHC), and Anton Zensus with the project Mapping Magnetic Fields with INterferometry Down to Event hoRizon Scales (M2FINDERS).

Image: © ERC

Happy Birthday to The Effelsberg Radio Telescope

Happy Birthday - Effelsberg Radio Telescope

On May 12, 2021, the 100-m radio telescope of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn celebrated its 50th birthday.

On the occasion of the anniversary, the Time Travel Trail is opened as the fourth astronomical hiking trail at the radio telescope. Read more here.

Image: © Norbert Junkes/MPIfR

Cordis featured the OPTICON-RadioNet Pilot (ORP) as ‘Project of the Month’

Cordis featured ORP as ‘Project of the Month’ 

The Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS), the European Commission's primary source of results from the projects funded by the EU's framework programmes for research and innovation (FP1 to Horizon 2020), has featured the OPTICON-RadioNet Pilot (ORP) in their section ‘Project of the Month’. Find here the full article.

Daniel Clery in Science on the Astronet Roadmap: ‘Something went wrong.’

Daniel Clery in Science on the Astronet Roadmap: ‘Something went wrong.’

On May 11, 2021, the article from Daniel Clery ‘Something went wrong.’ Some astronomers feel left out of European road map was published on Science, reporting that the Draft Astronet report upsets gamma and radio astronomers.

The article reports that some are unhappy with what the draft plan left out, particularly in radio and gamma ray astronomy, as well as the study of high-energy particles from space. Please read the full article here.

SKAO Appoints Its Telescope Directors In Australia And South Africa

SKAO appoints its Telescope Directors in Australia and South Africa

The SKA Observatory (SKAO) is pleased to announce the appointment of the new directors in Australia and South Africa. These positions are the most senior SKAO operations representatives in the telescope host countries.

Dr Sarah Pearce, currently Acting Chief Scientist of Australia’s national science agency CSIRO, will be the director of the SKAO’s low-frequency telescope in Australia.

Dr Lindsay Magnus, currently Head of Operations at the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), will be the director of the SKAO’s mid-frequency telescope in South Africa. Read more here.


SKAO: New Brand for A New ERA

The newly born SKA Observatory (SKAO) has unveiled its brand following approval by the SKAO Council.

The brand launch signals a new chapter in the SKA Project’s history, after the SKAO officially came into being as an intergovernmental organisation on January 15, 2021. Full information here.

EVN virtual seminars of "The sharpest view of the Radio Universe" available online
ESCAPE Summer School, June 7-18, 2021 - virtual

ESCAPE Summer School, June 7-18, 2021 - virtual

The ESCAPE Summer School will take place on June 7-18, 2021.

The program of the school is devoted to project development for astrophysics, astroparticle physics & particle physics. It will provide theoretical and hands-on training on Data Science and Python development (coding environment and good code practices, version control and collaborative development, Python packaging, scientific libraries for data science and analysis and machine learning). A Slack community for the school is available for communication between participants, to ask questions to tutors, amongst others. Find full information here.

Registration is open from 26 April to 31 May.

EVN MINI-SYMPOSIUM on July 12-14, 2021

EVN MINI-SYMPOSIUM on July 12-14, 2021

An online EVN Mini-Symposium and Users Meeting will be held during July 12-14, 2021.

The EVN Symposium is the main forum for discussion of the latest Very Long Baseline Interferometry scientific results and technical and technological developments within the EVN member countries.

Timeline for the EVN Mini-Symposium

•   May 15, 2021 - Deadline for submission of abstracts

•   May 31, 2021 - Participants informed of outcome of submission of abstracts 

•   July 12-14, 2021 - 15th EVN Symposium

Registration will remain open up to the end of the mini-symposium. Find information and details on the website.

Image: © JIVE

CTAO & CTAC: Webinar series "Synergies in the Exploration of the Extreme Universe"

Monthly webinar series “Synergies in the Exploration of the Extreme Universe”

Beginning in April 2021, the CTAO and the CTAC launched the monthly webinar series Synergies in the Exploration of the Extreme Universe, focused on the various MWL and MM synergies of CTA science with other instruments, and aimed at researchers in astrophysics and astronomy. 

Each webinar will take place on the fourth Thursday of every month via Zoom, between 17:00 UTC and 09:00 UTC. The entire series is open and free to all researchers with a one-time registration. 

The series launched on April 29 at 17:00 UTC, with Dr. David Thompson (NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center) and his talk AGN MWL Research Strategies: the Fermi Large Area Telescope Experiences.

All information and subscription form here.

Workshop "The Future of Airborne Infrared/Submm Astronomy: Prospects and Opportunities", July 26-28, 2021 

Workshop "The Future of Airborne Infrared/Submm Astronomy: Prospects and Opportunities"

The online workshop The Future of Airborne Infrared/Submm Astronomy: Prospects and Opportunities, July 26-29, 2021, is the first of two workshops, intended for all those concerned about the short-term and mid-term future of Infrared and Submm astronomy.

The first workshop aims to identify the main scientific interests in this field, in preparation for a second workshop that will focus specifically on supporting instrumental solutions that can be contributed from the European side. New ideas are welcome, there is ample room on the workshop for contributed talks.

Meeting times will be suitable for both European and American audiences. More details are available at the workshop homepage.

Image: Serpens South star cluster © SOFIA/NASA, SOFIA Image © NASA/Jim Ross

EC Research & Innovation Days: Programme released

EC Research & Innovation Days: Programme released

The program for the EC Research & Innovation Days,  June 23-24, has been released. Find it here.

SARAO Internship Opportunity in Radio Astronomy

SARAO Internship Opportunity in Radio Astronomy

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), which includes the MeerKAT and the African SKA programme, is recruiting bright and enthusiastic Engineering and Science-Honours graduates for its internship programme.

To register, please complete the application form here. The deadline for applications is the June 30, 2021.

Find full information here.



Gender equality in research and innovation: The Commission´s gender equality  strategy

The EC is committed to promoting gender equality in research and innovation. It is part of the European Commission Gender Equality Strategy for 2020-2025, which sets out the Commission’s broader commitment to equality across all EU policies. In addition, the EU has a well-established regulatory framework on gender equality, including binding directives, which apply widely across the labour market including the research sector. Find the full information here.

EC: Launch of the brand-new REA’s website

A new user-friendly  REA website has been developed to keep all informed about the upcoming calls. Find the new website here.

Statement by the EIC Advisory Board and the ERC Scientific Council

The ERC Scientific Council and the EIC pilot Advisory Board aim to nurture the best talent in research and in innovation. Their presence under the same framework programme, Horizon Europe, recognizes that many ERC researchers are also innovators and many EIC innovators also are researchers. Both institutions have met on May 17, 2021 to promote strong collaboration between the institutions that they respectively govern and advise. Read their statement here.



Call for proposals to the EVN: Announcement in first week of May 2021

Call for proposals to the EVN

The European VLBI Network Call for Proposals is now open. Find full information here.

Deadline: June 1, 2021, 16:00 UTC.

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.


Call of "Telescopes for All" open

Call of “Telescopes for All” open

The Telescopes for All project, an IAU Global Outreach Project, distributes telescopes signed by astronauts and scientists, including Nobel Prize winners, to underserved communities around the world. The project aims to broaden the horizons of children, adults and educators while sparking an interest in science and raising awareness for equal opportunities in pursuing careers in astronomy. Proposals and recommendations must be submitted to the IAU OAO. See all information here.

Deadline: June 1, 2021



• University of Tokyo - Assistant Professor at Kamioka Observatory – position –  deadline 7.6.2021

• University of Western Australia - Senior Research Fellow – Observational Radio Astronomy - position - deadline11.6.2021

• SKAO - Engineering Management Systems Engineer - position – 11.6.2021, Postdoctoral Researcher In Radio Astronomy Simulations - position - deadline 31.8.2021 and other positions

• Royal Institute of Technology School of Engineering Sciences Sweden - Doctoral student in Astrophysics – position - deadline 14.6.2021

• University of the Western Cape -  Postdoctoral Fellowships in observational and theoretical cosmology related to the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) – position

• International Astronomical Union & National Astronomical Observatory of Japan - International Outreach Officer (IOO) – position

Check also EURAXESS



• ICRI 2021 - June 1-3, 2021 - virtual, invitation only

• Virtual OPTICON Archival School Using ESO and ALMA Data - June 19-26, 2021 - virtual

• European Research and Innovation Days -  June 23 and 24, 2021 – online event

• EAS2021 - June 28 – July 2, 2021 – virtual

• 3rd ESO Summer Research Programme - July 5 – August 13, 2021 – Garching/DE

• The Future of Airborne Infrared/Submm Astronomy: Prospects and Opportunities - July 26-28, 2021. - virtual

• 15th EVN Symposium and User´s meeting on July 12-14, 2021, virtual

• The URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (GASS) - August 28 – September 4, 2021, Rome/virtual

See also the Calender




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