European Radio Astronomy Consortium

Newsletter Issue 7/2021

Publication in Nature Astronomy: Event Horizon Telescope observations of the jet launching and collimation in Centaurus A

Publication in Nature Astronomy: Event Horizon Telescope observations of the jet launching and collimation in Centaurus A

An international team anchored by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration has now imaged the heart of the nearby radio galaxy Centaurus A in unprecedented detail.

This work, led by Michael Janssen from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn and Radboud University Nijmegen is published in Nature Astronomy of 19 July 2021. 

Citation: Janssen, M., Falcke, H., Kadler, M. et al. Event Horizon Telescope observations of the jet launching and collimation in Centaurus A. Nat Astron (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-021-01417-w

Image: Distance scales uncovered in the Centaurus A jet from the extended radio structure (“outer radio lobes”) covering 8 degrees in the sky along the inner radio lobes and the optical galaxy (40 zoom), the inner radio jet obtained with the TANAMI telescopes (165 000 zoom) and the new highest resolution EHT image of the jet launching region (60 000 000 zoom).

©R. Bors; CSIRO/ATNF/I. Feain et al., R. Morganti et al., N. Junkes et al.; ESO/WFI; MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A. Weiß et al.; NASA/CXC/CfA/R. Kraft et al.; TANAMI/C. Müller et al.; EHT/M. Janssen et al.

JBCA: Kepler telescope glimpses a free-floating planet population

JBCA: Kepler telescope glimpses a free-floating planet population

Tantalising evidence has been uncovered for a mysterious population of “free-floating planets, planets that may be alone in deep space, unbound to any host star. The results include four new discoveries that are consistent with planets of similar masses to Earth, published today in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Read here the full article of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics.

Image: ©Interpott.nrw, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

ESO Announcement -  Let the show begin: APEX’s CONCERTO instrument sees first light

ESO Announcement: APEX’s CONCERTO instrument sees first light

An exciting new instrument, a spectrometer called CONCERTO, has successfully produced its first observations: test images of the Cat's Paw Nebula and the Crab Nebula. The instrument, installed on the ESO-operated Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX), will help astronomers probe the mysterious, ancient cosmic epoch during which the first stars lit up. Read here the full ESO announcement Let the show begin: APEX’s CONCERTO instrument sees first light.

Image: ©ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

Article on Nature website: Astronomers push for global debate on giant satellite swarms

Article on Nature website: Astronomers push for global debate on giant satellite swarms

The Nature article Astronomers push for global debate on giant satellite swarms deals with the concern of astronomers and other skygazers about interferences with observations of the night sky and reports that “Working with the United Nations, scientists hope to establish standards for satellite ‘megaconstellations’ and reduce disruption of astronomical observations.”

Read here the article (in Nature, July 16, 2021 - with correction July 19, 2021).

Image: ©Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto/Getty

ERC Work Programme 2022 adopted

ERC Work Programme 2022 adopted

The adopted European Research Council’s work programme 2022 includes over EUR 2.4 billion to fund grants for some 1,100 excellent scientists and scholars in the EU and associated countries.

Read here the ERC press release ERC plans for 2022 announced.

European R&I Days: Workshop Research infrastructures – hubs of excellence, knowledge creation and innovation

European R&I Days: Workshop Research infrastructures – hubs of excellence, knowledge creation and innovation

As part of the European Research & Innovation Days in June 2021, the workshop Research infrastructures – hubs of excellence, knowledge creation and innovation was held on June 24, 2021.

Apostolia Karamali (Head of Unit DG R&I), Anton Zensus (RadioNet Coordinator and Director of Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy), Nicolas Pade (Executive Director of European Marine Biological Resource Centre/EMBRC-ERIC), and Anton Ussi (Operations & Finance Director of EATRIS ERIC) explored the practical side of RIs: their impact on science, society, economy, and their more general impact on our lives. Speakers presented their RIs with focus on results and why they are so important to address global challenges.

Awareness on the work of RIs was created, with the objective of supporting new synergies with other sectors in Research and Innovation and industrial actors. The workshop that also touched upon the policy side with the novelties of Horizon Europe on Research and Innovation and, more specifically, on the RI part of the programme, was attended by 241 participants.

If you missed the workshop, you can watch it here.

EVN MINI-SYMPOSIUM on July 12-14, 2021

EVN MINI-SYMPOSIUM on July 12-14, 2021

The EVN mini-symposium and users´ meeting was held on July 12-14, 2021.You can watch the symposium, the main forum for discussion of the latest Very Long Baseline Interferometry scientific results and technical and technological developments within the EVN member countries, here

JIVE Annual Report 2020 available

JIVE Annual Report 2020 available

The JIVE Annual Report 2020 is now available. It presents a summary of JIVE's many activities throughout the year.

The Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE) has as its primary mission to operate and develop the EVN data processor, a powerful supercomputer that combines the signals from radio telescopes located across the planet. Founded in 1993, JIVE is since 2015 a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), currently with seven member countries: France, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain and Sweden; additional support is received from partner institutes in China, Germany and South Africa. JIVE is hosted by the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) in the Netherlands. 

ESO Annual Report 2020 Now Available

ESO Annual Report 2020 available

The ESO Annual Report 2020 is now available. It presents a summary of ESO’s many activities throughout the year.

ATMO 2021, on August 23-27, 2021 - virtual

ESO will hold the online conference Atmospheres, Atmospheres! Do I look like I care about atmospheres? (ATMO 2021)on August 23-27, 2021.

This conference will bring together the community working theoretically and observationally on understanding exoplanet atmospheres by transmission and emission spectroscopy, with an emphasis on using ground-based facilities.

ATMO 2021 has as further goal to prepare the next generation of astronomers to embark on this exciting and essential area of astrophysics, which is technically very challenging. 

ATMO 2021 will be held with 2 days of training/hands-on and 3 days of workshop; each time 5 hours. Registration deadline is August 15, 2021.

EAS Annual Meeting 2022

EAS Annual Meeting 2022

The European Astronomical Society Annual Meeting 2022 will take place on June 27-July 1, 2022 in Valencia. The call for Expressions of Interest to organize symposia, Special Sessions, and Lunch Sessions at the EAS 2022 is open. Deadline for proposal submission is September 30, 2022.

All information on the call here.

Site Construction Directors Appointed By The SKA Observatory

Switzerland took a key step towards membership of the SKA Observatory

In June, Switzerland took a key step towards membership of the SKA Observatory, with École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) signing a Cooperation Agreement with the SKAO on behalf of the Swiss astronomy community.


Latest issue of the SKAO magazine 

The latest issue of the SKA Observatory’s magazine is out covering the flurry of activity at the observatory in recent months. RadioNet newsletter readers can sign up to the SKAO’s mailing list to receive future editions directly.

Image: ©SKAO



Open EC call on Transition to digital/remote research infrastructure service provision: lessons learnt, needs and best practices

Proposlsl should set out a credible pathway to contributing to one or several of the following impacts: 

• Disruptive research and breakthrough science and innovation through cutting-edge, interconnected and sustainable Research Infrastructures;

• Strengthened scientific excellence and performance and efficiency of the European Research Area, increasing its attractiveness to researchers from all over the world;

• Coordinated research infrastructure capacity among countries and regions, also by exploiting possibilities given by the smart specialisation processes;

• Reinforced R&I capacities enabling systemic changes needed for a truly transformative societal and economic recovery and a strengthened resilience of critical sectors, as outlined in the Recovery Plan;

• Improved European response, in cooperation with international players, to emerging socio-economic and related scientific and technological challenges at global level.

Deadline: September 23, 2021


EC adopted proposal for a Pact for Research and Innovation in Europe

The European Commission adopted on July 16, 2021 its Proposal for a Council Recommendation on A Pact for Research and Innovation in Europe to support the implementation of national European Research Area (ERA) policies.

The Pact is aimed to be the long-standing foundation for the EU’s commitment to the new European Research Area (ERA).

Find here the proposal and read here the EC´s news article on it.


European R&I Days 2021: we need EU research and innovation to ensure a sustainable Europe

At the European Research & Innovation Days, June 23-24, 2021, policymakers, researchers, innovators, and citizens from Europe and beyond took part in more than 70 immersive sessions to shape the future research and innovation landscape. Over 21,000 registered participants from 105 countries stressed the need for Europe to remain at the forefront of research and innovation to achieve a sustainable future for all.

Read here the EC article European Research and Innovation Days 2021: we need EU research and innovation to ensure a sustainable Europe.


Publications Office of the EU: a Horizon 2020 monitoring report

The monitoring flash series Keeping our eyes on the Horizon presents detailed analysis of key aspects of the EU R&I framework programme developments in recent years, such as participation by country and its contribution to sustainability issues. It shows that Horizon 2020 is already helping to build a more sustainable future: four in every five projects tie in with specific sustainable development goals.



International LOFAR Telescope:  Proposal Call to the Worldwide Community 

International LOFAR Telescope:  Proposal Call open

The International LOFAR Telescope has open the call for proposals for the Worldwide Community: Cycle 17 (01 December 2021 – 31 May 2022). Submission only via the online tool NorthStar.

Submission deadline: September 8,  2021, 12 UT

ORP Optical/IR Telescopes : Proposal Call Open

ORP Optical/IR Telescopes: Proposal Call Open

The 2022A call for Optical telescope transnational access supported by the OPTICON-RadioNet Pilot (ORP) opens on Wednesday 4 August 2021. This call includes access to the 11m SALT and the ORP team encourages you to take advantage of this opportunity.

Deadline: August 31, 2021, 23:59UT 

Credit: ©ORP

Open Call for proposals: Semester 2022A for VLS, VLBA, HSA and GMVA

Open Call for proposals: Semester 2022A for VLS, VLBA, HSA and GMVA

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) invites scientists to participate in the Semester 2022A Call for Proposals for the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), High Sensitivity Array (HSA), and Global 3mm VLBI Array (GMVA).

Proposal preparation and submission are via the Proposal Submission Tool available through NRAO Interactive Services.

Submission deadline: August 2, 2021, 17:00 EDT (21:00 UTC)

Green Bank Observatory Call for Proposals: 2022A Semester

Green Bank Observatory Call for Proposals: 2022A Semester

The Green Bank Observatory (GBO) invites scientists to participate in the 2022A Semester Call for Proposals. The entire proposal call can be found here.

Submission deadline: August 2, 2021, 17:00 EDT (21:00 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.




• ESO - Project Controller – position – deadline 06.08.2021

• Radboud University Faculty of Science - PhD Candidates in Experimental Astroparticle Physics - position – deadline 15.08.2021

• UNIMAN - Postdoctoral Research Associate with the ALMA Regional Centre node at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics - position - deadline 09.08.2021; e-MERLIN / VLBI Research Support Scientist - position - deadline 16.08.2021

• INAF Astronomical Observatory - Several Post Doc Research Fellowships - positions - deadline 30.08.2021

• SKAO - Postdoctoral Researcher In Radio Astronomy Simulations - position - deadline 31.8.2021 and other positions including project managers and engineers

• Nagoya University – Designated Assistant Professor in Gamma-Ray Astrophysics with CTA at ISEE – position - deadline 31.08.2021

• Technical University of Darmstadt - Assistant Professorship (W2, Tenure Track) "Laboratory Astrophysics with Heavy-Ion and Laser Beams" – position - deadline 15.09.2021

• DFG Research Unit Relativistic Jets in Active Galaxies - 12 Postdoc and PhD positions - position - deadline 30.09.2021

• University of the Western Cape - Postdoctoral Fellowships in observational and theoretical cosmology related to the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) – position - Review of applications will begin in July 2021 and continue until the position has been filled

• EPFL – Operations Manager – position, Data Scientist – position

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

• Green Bank Observatory - Telescope Operations Division Head /Chief Antenna Engineer – position

• Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array - Electronics Technician II - position

Check also EURAXESS



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

• The Past, Present, and Future of the VLA: Celebrating 40 Years - August 4-7, 2021 - virtual

• YERAC - August 24-27, 2021 - virtual

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

• Europlanet Science Congress 2021September 13-24, 2021 - virtual

• 3rd Open Science Fair Conference - September 20-23, 2021 - virtual

• BAASP 2021- September 23-24, 2021 - virtual

• Dark and Quiet Skies for Science and Society - October 3-7, 2021 – virtual/f2f 

• IAU Symposium 365: Dynamics of Solar and Stellar Convection Zones and Atmospheres - May 23-27, 2022 - Moscow/RU

• EAS Annual Meeting 2022 - June 27 - July 1, 2022 - Valencia/ES

 See also the Calendar




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